Last updated:

14th March 2024

Removing Barriers Grants

Small grants to remove barriers to no and low cost activities for low-income residents


The latest round of applications closed on 12 February. Applicants will hear back on if they have been successful shortly after the deadline.

We will update this page with future funding round information.

If you want us to notify you when the next round opens email

What it can be used for

A grant of any amount up to £750 could be used to remove barriers such as: 

  • The cost of transport for an individual or group to attend an activity
  • Subsidize the cost of an activity
  • Pilot a buddy scheme to improve confidence in attending activities, or support existing provision in this area
  • Provide respite for cared for person(s) to allow their carer(s) to attend an activity

Your application should clearly outline who your grant would help.

This is not an exhaustive list. Due to limits on the funding, we are looking to support access to no and low cost activities, which allows us to support the widest range of residents across a broad range of activities.

Who can apply

  • Voluntary organisations
  • Charities
  • Community groups 
  • Individuals applying on behalf of a grassroots unconstituted community group
  • Umbrella organisations applying on behalf of several smaller groups who would be unlikely to apply independently

This grant should help people with a low income in Wokingham Borough by removing financial obstacles, ensuring that every resident has an equal chance to participate in the activities they are interested in. 

Previous rounds - November 2023

This is supported through our £250,000 Hardship Fund, which is helping deliver the borough’s Tackling Poverty Strategy

This money is being used remove barriers to full participation in community life for those living on low incomes.

A round closed in November 2023 and awarded funding to:

  • Me2Club – supporting more than 100 children with disabilities to take part in leisure activities
  • Twyford District Youth and Community Centre – a day out for at least 30 young people who would otherwise not be able to take part
  • Woodley Lunch Bunch – travel support for families to events where they are not supported by public transport
  • The Link Visiting Scheme – transport costs to attend events for people in rural communities
  • Pinewood Football Club – discounted club memberships for children from low income families
  • Berkshire Youth (Wokingham Young Carers Service) – helping cover travel costs for young carers

The fund is being used to help voluntary, faith and community sector to support people on low income in Wokingham Borough by summer 2024.

Previous rounds - February 2024

The last round closed in February 2024 and awarded £750 grants to:

  • Sport Together Berkshire – subsidised attendance to events for low income disabled residents
  • Berkshire Banshees Wheelchair Rugby – travel and accommodation support for fixtures and competitions
  • Emmbrook and Bearwood Cricket Club – membership grants for children from low income backgrounds

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