Small Sparks

The Small Sparks grant helps fund start-up costs or equipment so that you can do things together with people where you live. This could be gardening tools to grow vegetables together, books or games to get a new club started, knitting needles, musical instruments or something else for a group you are already a part of.

After submitting an application it can take up to 8 weeks for your application to be processed.

Who's eligible?

You can apply for a grant – up to £250 – if you can show us that:

  • at least one of you wanting to enjoy the activity has a disability or mental health problem
  • there are at least four people involved
  • everyone is prepared to contribute their time, energy and talents to whatever you are doing with your grant

Please download our Small Sparks checklist as a PDF or as a Word document for more useful information.

How to apply

Just download the checklist, answer the questions as best as you can and get in touch by contacting the Barnwood Trust grants team on 01242 539935 or simply email

Click here to download the Small Sparks PDF poster, or the easy-print version here

Community Spaces Capital Grant

As part of its funding programme, Barnwood has established a Community Spaces Capital Grant. It aims to help support communities and eligible organisations to develop and improve inclusive community spaces through building belonging.

Barnwood’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. Community spaces enabling people to connect and build relationships with others where everyone is welcome, are a vital part of that environment.

Read the full details about the grant and how to apply here