Commissioned funding

We have developed a one-off funding initiative for 2022 aimed at addressing digital exclusion experienced by disabled people and people with mental health challenges in Gloucestershire.

Commissioned funding to meet an ambitious, specific outcome is a new way of funding for the Trust. The funding can be spent over multiple years, on core or project costs to achieve the outcomes you are setting out.

This page contains information about this fund, and how organisations can apply for it.


The Digital Inclusion Fund

As well as facing barriers in the physical world, disabled people face barriers in the digital world. Barnwood’s research shows that 6-8% of people in Gloucestershire are effectively offline, while many others don’t have access to fast broadband speeds. Many people don’t have the same access to digital services that others take for granted. We also know that disabled people and people with mental health challenges are much more likely to be digitally excluded than the general population.

We want Gloucestershire to be a place where no-one is excluded from the digital world through disability or mental illness. We want to fund ideas, projects and research that will help to overcome the digital exclusion.

If you have an idea that can help us to deliver our vision, then we want to hear from you.


Who can apply to the Digital Inclusion Fund?

Registered charities, Community Interest Companies, social enterprises, other groups who work in Gloucestershire’s local communities and not-for-profits can all apply for funding from the Digital Inclusion Fund.


What can we apply for?

Our aim is that disabled people and people with mental health challenges can access the digital world in the way that best suits them, building on strengths and enabling take up of future digital opportunities.

Digital exclusion comes in many forms, and we expect this funding will support a wide range of different projects. These could include:

  • Making it easier for disabled people to access benefits and services online
  • Training and support to build people’s skills and confidence
  • Helping people to be, and to feel, safe when they are online
  • Helping disabled people and people with mental health challenges to respond to the ever-changing digital world
  • Bringing different organisations and groups together to make digital provision better for disabled people and people with mental health challenges


How do we apply?

This fund has now closed to applications. 



We’ve tried to make the form as straightforward as we can – you’ll need to tell us what you want to do; how the work will help us to deliver our vision; and how much funding you need.

Please note that you are able to submit your application in a different format, eg a video file, if this is more accessible to you. Please call the Funding Team who will be happy to help you to apply in whatever way meets your needs.

We will be open for applications from Monday 6 June until Friday 29 July.

Your application will be assessed by a panel of experts with lived and learned experience and staff from Barnwood Trust. We will let you know the outcome of your application as soon as we can.


How can we find out more?

We are holding three open, online sessions to answer any questions you may have about making an application on the following dates:

  • 14th June, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
  • 20th June, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
  • 29th June, 9:00am – 10:00am

Please contact us for a zoom link to join one of these these sessions.

If you are unable to make any of these dates but want to discuss making an application, please get in touch with Ged Cassell, Funding Policy Coordinator, or 01242 539935


Key dates

Grant applications open: 6th June 2022

Grant applications close: 31st July 2022

Shortlisted applicants informed by: 5th September 2022

Successful applicants informed by: 31st October 2022

Award payments made: November/December 2022



About Barnwood Trust funding

Our funding is underpinned by a set of guiding principles which you can read about if you click here.

As a Trust, we are committed to transparency and want to be as open as possible about how we award our grants. We are working with 360Giving to publish information about our grants. To find out more click here.