Local Sources of Funding to Support Inclusion

  • Barnwood Trust’s vision is to create the best possible environment in Gloucestershire for disabled people and people with mental health problems to make the most of their lives.

    Individuals can apply to the Wellbeing fund, or the Opportunities Award

    The Wellbeing Fund is for things that help with everyday living – such as household appliances, a mobility scooter, a riser-recliner chair, a holiday in the UK or something else that might be difficult to pay for yourself.

    The Opportunities Award opens up exciting new possibilities – such as training, equipment or clothing that may help you towards a job, volunteering or setting up a new business.  It can also be used to help with materials for a hobby or equipment for a sport you enjoy.

    Groups which involve disabled people in their organisation and activities can apply to the Small Sparks, Small Grants or Holiday Schemes depending on the nature of their service.

    Grants of up £1,000 are available for organisations in Gloucestershire who work to benefit disabled people and people with mental health problems. Grants could be for new projects, pilot schemes or specific pieces of equipment.

    Grants of up to £5,000 to purchase sports-related equipment for activities are available for organisations in Gloucestershire who work to benefit disabled people and people with mental health problems. Grants could be for things like rugby wheelchairs or wheelchair accessible bikes.

    Grants for holidays and play schemes are available to organisations with a demonstrable track record of providing holidays, trips or play schemes for Gloucestershire people with a disability. These grants are fast-tracked.


    The Gloucestershire Disability Fund provides grants to people with disabilities of all ages as well as financial support to not-for-profit organisations/groups and community groups working to enhance the lives of people living with a physical, sensory or learning disability in Gloucestershire.

    Well-being grants of up to £750 for individuals needing help with one-off exceptional needs and grants of up to £2,500 for eligible organisations/groups are available from the Gloucestershire Disability Fund.


    The Summerfield Charitable Trust provides grants to support charities and community work, Education, sport and recreation, vulnerable and disadvantaged sectors of society.


     Rotary Club International is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who come together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad.

    Rotary in Gloucester Community Awards are organised by the four Rotary Clubs in the city – Gloucester, Rotary@Kingsholm, Gloucester Severn, and Gloucester Quays.

    The aim of the Community Awards programme is to support organisations within the city area with a small grant which ‘will make a real difference’.  This is a small grants programme with awards of up to a maximum of £500

    Contact your local Rotary Club to find out what types of grants and awards they offer to community groups.

    These three organisations offer information about funding opportunities: 

    Gloucestershire’s Voluntary and Community Sector Alliance provides regular funding updates via their email newsletters and their Funding Opportunities bulletin.

    Disabilities Grants is an online directory of grant providers for disabled children and their families.  Often families can apply for a grant which gives them access to equipment or support to enable their child to take part in local activities. 

    Active Gloucestershire runs training on ‘Know your Funders’ and also offers a bid writing and consultancy service.  They list regular funding updates on their website.