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Short Breaks Project Funding

In 2022, Barnwood Trust conducted research into Short Breaks and respite care in Gloucestershire to identify ways it could support more families to access such provision.   

The research highlighted a number of challenges such as:  

  • 94% of parent-carers told us they were not currently accessing all of the Short Breaks or respite care support they felt they required  
  • 49% of parent-carers told us they were not currently accessing any Short Breaks or respite care support  

Using the knowledge we have from the research and with the help of a project steering group we have launched Barnwood Trust’s Short Breaks Thematic Funding.   


What should the projects address?

Up to £300,000 is available for ‘test and learn’ projects that provide activities for disabled children and young people in Gloucestershire, allowing parent-carers to take a short break from their caring responsibilities. 

We have identified two key outcomes which we will aim to deliver with our funding:  

More disabled children and young people have access to appropriate, varied and interesting opportunities that are for them  

Providers deliver high quality activities that are co-designed with children and young people and their parent-carers  


How do we apply?

The information you need to make an application is outlined in the Short Breaks Project Funding Information Pack (linked below). You should read this in full before beginning your application.

You can apply using Barnwood Trust’s online application form, please click here. Please note that you will need to first register for a Flexi Grant account, log in, and then search for the Short Breaks Project Funding application form.  

The questions on the form are based on our criteria, outlined in the Information Pack.

You will need to include a short budget as part of your application. The template you should use can be downloaded here. If this doesn’t immediately download please choose to open in a new window and refresh screen.

If you require assistance to access or fill in the form you may contact Ged Cassell, Funding Policy Coordinator at  

Applications will close at 5pm Wednesday 14th June 2023.  


Who can apply?

Registered charities, Community Interest Companies, social enterprises, special schools or specialist education providers, and other groups who work in Gloucestershire’s local communities. We encourage organisations to work in partnership if this is suitable for the project you wish to deliver.  

Due to the nature of this funding, applicants need to be a ‘constituted’ organisation or group to apply alone. We will accept applications from organisations, groups and self-employed individuals working in partnership, as long as a constituted group acts as the lead responsible party for the grant. You will find more information on this in the information pack.   


How can we find out more?

To download the information pack before making an application please click below.

Link to Short Breaks pack. Image of PDF

Barnwood Trust will provide online drop-in sessions where you will be able to learn more about these grants and ask any questions. These will take place on the following dates: 

  • Drop-in session 1: Tuesday 16th May, online at 2.30pm
  • Drop-in session 2: Thursday 1st June, online at 2pm

If you would like to attend either of these sessions you can email Ged Cassell, Funding Policy Coordinator at  Alternatively, if you cannot attend one of these sessions you can email Ged and set up a time to discuss the funding.