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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 education, training and household items.  

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

Guide Dogs

Blind Children UK have merged with Guide Dogs.  Guide Dogs continue to offer services for blind and visually impaired children and young people through it CYP Service.

Guide Dogs offers grants to blind and visually impaired children and young people under 18 years towards assistive or adapted technology and sensory items.

It will only fund items not available from statutory services.  The applicant must be in pre-school, full or part time education or home schooled.

The equipment and software provided by Guide Dogs are for home use only.

Grants are not means tested but a minimum 10% contribution towards the total cost is required.

To apply: download an application form from the website.  Applications are considered every second month.  Applications will be checked and supporter details will be verified.

Guide Dogs have also continued to operate 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.  Available to children and young people aged 25 years and under.



MACS is a charity that supports children with either  Microphthalmia, Anophthalmia, and Coloboma - three rare eye conditions that cause blindness or sight impairment.

It offers grants for equipment, activities and opportunities to help the children cope with day to day living.

The charity has previously funded a BrailleNote and a Samsung tablet.

MACS also runs sailing trips for young people aged 13-23 years and adventure weekends for those aged 10 to 17 years.

In addition, it has three caravans available for family respite holidays located in Cornwall, Dorset and the Lake District.

To take advantage of support families would need to join the organisation as a member.


RNIB Grants

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.



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 years
  • Braille note takers for children over 11 years

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 week. 

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 larry.davis@visioncharity.co.uk or telephone 01634-682548.


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