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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 up to a maximum of £500 are considered for:
- Computer access equipment
- Assistive technology such as a voice
recorder and talking kitchen equipment
To apply: download an application. Applications are accepted at any time of the
year. A supporting statement will be required.
Royal Blind Society
The Royal Blind Society provides vital expert and life-changing support to give blind children (up to 25 years) and their parents the confidence to live beyond their sight condition.
The Royal Blind Society's Family Support Service, in alliance with the Royal London Society for Blind People, works with the families of children who have been diagnosed to help them understand and adapt to the condition and build confidence for life.
From the moment a family hears the news; the Society can be on hand with practical and emotional support to guide them through their journey.
The Family Support Service supports children and young people 0-25 years who have been diagnosed with a serious eye condition and their family, all in one in the family home. They also support those who sight is starting to deteriorate. Some children may have sight loss as their only condition; others may have sight loss as part of other additional needs.
Although, the Royal Blind Society does not provide grants, their family support workers are able to assist vision impaired young people and their families to apply to, for grants or funding where needed to other organisations.
Victa provides funding for visually impaired children and young
people (up to 29 years) for assisitive technology.
It has the following age restrictions:
- iPads only for children over 11 years
- Computers/software for children over 8
- Braille note takers for children over 11
To apply: download an application form or complete the online
grant application form. A statement from a supporter such as a qualified
professional is required on the application form.
It also has a 6 berth caravan at the Romney Sands Holiday Park
near Romney, Kent. The cost is £100 per
Victa also provides funding to other charities and organisations
such as specialist schools and colleges.
The Vision Charity
The Vision charity 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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