Grants for the Blind
and Visually Impaired
Gardners Trust for the Blind
The Gardners Trust for the Blind provides financial assistance to registered blind and partially sighted individuals in the UK.
It awards one-off grants towards household items and educational purposes.
The Trust may also provide grants towards a pension.
Individuals should apply directly to the Trust in writing enclosing confirmation of their disability from a 3rd party.
The Gardners Trust for the Blind, 117 Charterhouse Street, London EC1M 6AA
Telephone: 020 7253 3757
Blind Children UK
Blind Children UK offers grants to blind and visually impaired children and young people under 25 years towards assistive or adapted technology and sensory toys.
The grant is given to assist individuals achieve their educational or recreational goals. The applicant must be in full time or part time education.
The equipment is intended for home use not for use in an educational environment. It will only fund items not available from statutory services.
To apply: download an application form from the website. Applications are considered every second month.
The Society also operated the excellent Custom Eyes scheme to enable children with a visual impairment buy large print books at retail prices. This fast and efficient service is highly recommended.
The Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) provides information and services to the blind and visually impaired.
It is able to offer grants to UK residents who are registered blind or partially sighted and receive a means tested benefit such as Income Support, Housing Benefit or Council Tax Benefit.
Grants are available for household items (including white goods), debts for essential services, adaptations and repairs up to maximum of £400.
To apply: download an application form and further information on their grant criteria. Return to RNIB, Information Resource Team, 105 Judd Street, London, WC1H 9NE.
Applications are accepted at any time of the year. A supporting statement will be required.
Royal Blind Society
The Royal Blind Society helps people who are blind or visually impaired.
It provides essential support to those on low income. This might include household bills, work related training, daily living aids, specialist medical equipment and unforeseen emergencies.
It helps young people from low income families with grants towards computer equipment, reading, literacy aids and adventure holidays such as the Calvert Trust and Jubilee Sailing Trust.
The Society also offers holidays at a variety of locations.
To apply: Read the guidance notes and download an application form from the website.
Victa provides funding for visually impaired children and young people for specialist equipment including CCTV, laptops, braillers, sensory toys and holiday schemes such as those run by Action for the Blind.
To apply download an application pack from the website. A statement from a supporter such as a qualified professional is required on the application form.
Victa also provides funding to other charities and organisations such as specialist schools and colleges.
The Vision Charity
The Vision charitiy supports groups, charities and associations within the blind & visually impaired community.
It fundraises money to purchase equipment, goods or specialist services such as computer access equipment, toys and games and even minibuses.
It also supports projects which benefit the community and has recently given £10,000 to the Blind in Business charity to benefit 600 blind and visually impaired students in the UK.
The charity is currently creating a sport legacy fund to enable blind and visually impaired children an increased opportunity to participate in sport.
To apply to become a beneficiary of The Vision Charity contact Mr Larry Davis either by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01634-682548.
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