Small Sparks Grants for Community Groups

View a video that explains more here.

Small Sparks Grants are grants of up to £250 for anyone in Gloucestershire who wants to get together with friends and neighbours, including people with disabilities and mental health challenges, to do things together that they enjoy, for the benefit of their community. In 2014 66 Small Sparks Grants were given to groups of friends and neighbours across the county totalling £16,125. Applications were made by arts and craft groups, lunch clubs, choirs, community cafes, sports groups, a men’s group, a bird watching club and many more.

Case study - How residents of Dryleaze House are using their Small Sparks grant

A group of residents of Dryleaze House in Wotton-under-Edge were recently awarded a Small Sparks grant to help them run activities and connect with new friends from the wider community

If you would like to apply for a Small Sparks Grant get in touch today! Call or email the grants team, call 01452 611292 or click HERE.

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Grants for Individuals

Barnwood Trust gives grants directly to people with disabilities and mental health challenges in Gloucestershire.

The Opportunities Award opens the way for people to try something new that might lead to employment or volunteering. It can also be used to enhance a hobby or interest. In 2014 we gave 66 Opportunities Awards across the county totalling £56,329. People used the Opportunities Award to fund things like training courses, equipment, tools and clothing.

The Wellbeing Fund enables people to live more independently. In 2014 we gave 755 Wellbeing Grants totalling £286,775. Grants are used for things like clothing, computers, holidays, house adaptions and disability aids.

View a video about the Wellbeing Fund here.

Case study - How photography changed my dementia outlook

After being diagnosed with Frontal Lobe Dementia in 2013 my life changed completely...Then one day a member of Barnwood Trust asked if there was anything they could do to make my life better.

If you would like to find out more about either the Opportunities Award or the Wellbeing Fund get in touch with us. You can email us, call us on 01452 611292 or click HERE.

An analysis of our grant giving across the county has revealed that we don’t give as many grants in the Forest of Dean as we could. Can you help us give more? If you live or work in the Forest of Dean and can help us promote any of our grant programmes please get in touch with us. Perhaps you could post something on social media or tell your friends and neighbours or apply for one yourself? Whatever it is send us an email to or call us on 01452 611292. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Grants for organisations

Barnwood Trust gives grants of up to £1,000 to organisations who work to benefit people living with disabilities or mental health challenges. Grants could be for new projects, pilot schemes or specific items of equipment.

Grants are also available towards holidays and play schemes for organisations with a proven track record of providing holidays, trips or play schemes for people in Gloucestershire with a disability or mental health challenge.

A total of 89 organisations successfully applied for and received a grant during 2014 totalling £62,366. 48 grants went to fund projects, 29 for play schemes and holidays, 6 for equipment and 6 for adaptations.

Case study - Barnwood support local school

MASSIVE BIG HUGE 'THANK YOU!' to Barnwood Trust for helping to support Paternoster Schools 'Kids Day Out' on June 10th.

If you work for an organisation that would be eligible for a grant get in touch now! Email us, call us on 01452 611292 or click HERE.

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