Wellbeing Fund

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.

After submitting an application it can take up to 10 weeks for your application to be processed.

Some previous examples include:

  • Equipment for use at home – such as riser/recliner chairs if recommended by your Occupational Therapist
  • Mobility aids and equipment – such as Motability deposits and pavement scooters
  • Domestic appliances – such as cookers, fridges and freezers
  • Household expenses – such as repairs, bedding and furniture
  • Sundry expenses – such as holidays and computers

Who’s eligible?

You can apply for a grant – typically £50 to £1,000 – if you can show us that you:

  • have a long-term disability or mental health problem that affects your quality of life
  • live in Gloucestershire
  • would find it difficult to afford it yourself
  • have a specific need, that is not provided for by the state

How do I apply?

Barnwood grant applications are now online, to apply click here

We use Flexi-Grant. This is a new online application system for us, and we welcome your feedback. Let us know any thoughts or suggestions to help us improve our grants processes. You can send us an email at grants@barnwoodtrust.org or give us a call on 01242 539935 to tell us what you think, we’d love to hear from you.

Here is a link to our online grant applications Frequently Asked Questions

If you would like any of our documents in a more accessible format, please do not hesitate to contact us.

How long does it take?

Wherever possible, we visit applicants at home to discuss their needs in greater detail – and in privacy.

After submitting an application it can take up to 10 weeks for your application to be processed. 

Grants are not usually made in the following circumstances:

  • To people living outside Gloucestershire
  • To people with problems relating to drugs and alcohol – unless they also have physical disabilities or a diagnosed mental illness
  • To pay for:
    • Funeral costs
    • Medical equipment
    • Private healthcare (e.g. assessment, treatment or medication)
    • Counselling or psychotherapy
    • Top-up nursing home fees
    • Private education or university tuition fees where a student loan is available
    • Council tax
    • Court fines
    • House purchase, rent deposits, or rent in advance
    • Regular payments to supplement income
    • Needs of non-disabled dependents or carers
    • Debts or arrears
    • Driving lessons

In addition:

  • Those applying for grants are expected to have sought all the State help they may be entitled to before applying
  • Grants will not be awarded retrospectively, or when an item has been ordered prior to the grant application

Please contact us if you would like further details about any of our grants. You can reach the grants team on 01242 539935 or email grants@barnwoodtrust.org. We will do all we can to answer any queries you may have.

Opportunities Award

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.

After submitting an application it can take up to 6 weeks for your application to be processed.

Some examples of what the Award could be used for include:

  • To fund a training course
  • Help towards the purchase of sporting equipment
  • Help towards equipment needed to further a hobby
  • Books, equipment or exam fees to support a training course
  • Specialist clothing for a work placement

Who’s eligible?

You can apply for a grant – typically up to £2000 – if you can show us that you:

  • have a long-term disability or mental health problem that affects your quality of life
  • live in Gloucestershire
  • would find it difficult to afford it yourself
  • have a specific need, that is not provided for by the State
  • are over 18 years of age

If your request is over £500, you will be invited to come and have a conversation with us about your plans. You will be able to bring someone with you for support (if required) and reasonable travel expenses will be paid.

How do I apply?

Barnwood grant applications are now online, to apply click here

We use Flexi-Grant. This is a new online application system for us, and we welcome your feedback. Let us know any thoughts or suggestions to help us improve our grants processes. You can send us an email at grants@barnwoodtrust.org or give us a call on 01242 539935 to tell us what you think, we’d love to hear from you.

Here is a link to our online grant applications Frequently Asked Questions

If you would like any of our documents in a more accessible format, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Grants are not usually made in the following circumstances:

  • To people living outside Gloucestershire
  • To people under the age of 18
  • To people with problems relating to drugs and alcohol – unless they also have physical disabilities or a diagnosed mental illness
  • To fund anything normally considered by the Individual Wellbeing Fund such as daily living equipment, computers or holidays
  • To fund University fees or associated costs for which statutory grants or student loans are available
  • To fund driving lessons

In addition:

  • Those applying for grants are expected to have sought all the State help they may be entitled to before applying
  • Grants will not be awarded retrospectively, or when an item has been ordered prior to the grant application

Please contact us if you would like further details about any of our grants. You can reach the grants team on 01242 539935 or email grants@barnwoodtrust.org. We will do all we can to answer any queries you may have.

Family Leisure Grant

Due to the current situation we have decided to pause grants for activities that go against the Covid-19 guidelines until further notice. Please email grants@barnwoodtrust.org or call 01242 539935 if you have any questions.