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Blindaid is a charity supporting blind and visually impaired individuals living in 12 London Boroughs and the City of London.
It is able to provide practical support through home visits and a telephone support service. They can also provide radio/audio equipment on long term loan in partnership with the British Wireless for the Blind as well as benefit assessments.
Grants up to £300 are available for those on low incomes to help blind and partially sighted people maintain independence and reduce isolation. These are usually made through referrals by Social Services or other agencies.
They are able to fund domestic items and specialist equipment such as talking clocks, talking microwaves and big button phones. Contributions can also be made towards computer equipment.
Support is available in the following London Borough's: Camden, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith & Fulham, Islington & The City, Kensington & Chelsea, Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth and Westminster.
Catholic Fellowship for the Disabled - Greenwich Deanery
The Greenwich Deanery provides religious pilgrimage/holidays to Lourdes in France for the elderly and young people with disabilities.
Open to individuals living within the 15 parishes of the Greenwich Deanery, situated within the boundaries of the London Borough of Greenwich.
Further information may be obtained from Miss Bernadette Davern, 40 Orissa Road, London, SE18 1RQ.
Greengates supports individuals of all ages with learning difficulties, and their families, when in need. To qualify for a grant, the applicant must have learning difficulties, be in receipt of disability-related benefits and live in the London Borough of Greenwich.
Individual grants, normally up to a maximum of £500, will only be issued as one-off payments towards the cost of equipment, services or facilities not covered by statutory funding, such as specialist equipment or aids, computers, training courses, household items, holidays and leisure activities. Grant applications for driving lessons will not be considered.
Applications must be supported by a signed statement from a sponsor such as: Social Worker / Care Manager / Family Advisor / Welfare Officer / Teacher / Community Nurse / GP / Manager of a residential home or supported living service.
Trustees meet several times a year to assess applications and award grants, usually in January, April, July and October. In exceptional cases, urgent applications may be considered at other times during the year.
Only applications from, or on behalf of, individuals can be considered. We regret that applications on behalf of groups, organisations or charities will not be considered.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to apply.
St Andrew Holborn Charity
The charity is a collection of charities gifted to St Andrews Church.
It provides funds for individuals and charities for the relief of need and education
To qualify for a grant an individual has to live within specific boundaries in the St. Pancrass/Chancery Lane area for at least 3 years - this is detailed on their website map.
It funds household items such as kitchen appliances, furnishings and clothing.
Two of the charities are able to give educational grants towards books, computers, musical instruments, uniforms and travel money. Termly grants can be awarded to disabled children.
Annual awards are also considered for the elderly, sick, disabled or young widows.
To apply: download an application form from the website.
The charities also support local organisations working with individuals in need and for the benefit of education.
St John Southworth Fund
The St John Southworth Fund administers a number of schemes that provide funding to individuals and groups within the parishes in Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Islington Deaneries.
It is able to assist the following groups:
- The poor
- Elderly and infirm
- The homeless
- The disabled
- Deprived children
Grants for individuals are usually recommended by the local parish or relevant organisation. Grants can be provided for extreme hardship or crisis and funerals.
The Fund also operates a Covid 19 Emergency Project Grant with a one off grant up to a maximum of £500.
Organisations can apply for Project grants to support social action.
The grants panel meets four times a year. Application forms for both individuals and organisations can be downloaded from the website.
Skinners' Benevolent Trust
The Skinners' Benevolent Trust supports isolated adults living on low income.
It provides grants up to £250 for essential household items that are not covered by statutory funding.
The Trust prioritises adults:
- living with mental health issues
- who are in recovery from substance.alcohol use
- victims of domestic violence
It also help those in receipt of the state retirement pension and adults with a disability or chronic illness.
Applicants must live in one of the following areas:
- City of London
- London borough of Camden (particularly Kings Cross)
- London borough of Enfield
- London borough of Hackney
- London borough of Hounslow
- London borough of Tonbridge and Malling
- West Kent
They must also be living on their own or with children under 18 years, and be in receipt of means tested benefits.
Applications for funding must be made by a sponsor/sponsoring agency such as social services or a local charity.
The Tottenham Grammar School Foundation
The Tottenham Grammar School foundation provides financial assistance for young people in Haringey.
It offers three awards with a different eligibility criteria for each:
- The Somerset Award - for students on full time courses at college of further education (or equivalent). Open to students resident in the London borough of Haringey and who attended a state maintained state school.
- The Somerset Undergraduate Award - for students at University undertaking a full time degree or equivalent. Open to students resident in the London borough of Haringey, who have attended a state maintained secondary school and be under 25 years.
- The Somerset Special Award - for students and children with Special Needs, postgraduate students, young sports people at county standard or higher, musicians at conservatoire standard.
For children with Special Needs there is a separate downloadable application form. This indicates that applications can be made for IT equipment such as an iPad or laptop and communication aids/software. It also requires details of the professionals involved in the assessment of the child's needs.
The Foundation also offers a small number of scholarships each year, help for voluntary groups and schools in the Haringey borough.
Groups and Charities
The City Bridge Trust
The City Bridge Trust supports charitable activities that benefit Greater London run by charitiable organisations, CIC and other non profit making companies. It does not provide grants to individuals.
The Trust prioritises a number of areas:
- Accessible London - transport and building
- Accessible Sports - capital and project costs for disabled sport
- Bridging Communities
- Improving Londoner's Mental Health
- London's Environment
- Older Londoner's
- Positive Transitions to Independent Living
- Strengthening the Third Sector
- Greening the Third Sector
The amount of grant money available varying between the different areas.
Applications can be made by downloading an application form or through an on-line application.
Fishmongers' Company's Charitable Trust
The Fishmongers' Company’s Charitable Trust awards funding to charities concerned with education,disability, hardship, heritage and the environment.
The charities must operate within the City of London and the boroughs of Camden, Hackney, Islington, Lambeth, Southwark, Tower Hamlets and Westminster. They must also have an annual income of less than £500,000.
Grants are provided for specific projects rather than core funding.
Education establishments in these area working with disabled students may also apply.
The London Catalyst supports projects which "Make a difference" by tackling poverty and improving the health of people in need.
It has three grant programmes open to charities, voluntary and community organisations within the M25 orbital motorway:
- Special Interest Grants - From £3,000 for projects that deal with health inequalities and ill health, disability and poverty
- Samaritan Grants - Between £100 to £2,000 for social work and hospital teams (including hospices and hospitals in the NHS), community and voluntary groups working with people in need
- Small Grants - Up to £3,000 to help set up health or social welfare projects
Application forms can be downloaded from the website.
Harrow - Edward Harvist Trust
Voluntary and community groups benefiting people who live, work, or attend school in Harrow are invited to apply for small grants up to a maximum of £2,000.
In particular, the Trust would like to encourage applications from small and emerging voluntary groups looking for one-off capital grants.
Harrow Council receives the money from the Edward Harvist Trust for distribution three times a year.
Applicants are asked to supply a letter of application detailing who the beneficiaries will be, what you are applying for and why together with the cost and quotations.
Sir Walter St John's Education Charity
This Charity provdes grants to children and young people living in the London Boroughs of Wandsworth and Lambeth.
It runs two funding programmes for community organisations:
- Small Education Grants - up to £1,000 for local community groups or voluntary organisations towards projects that support disadvantaged children, including disabled children and young carers. This may include residential trips, holiday schemes and activities.
- Strategic Grants - To support organisations running educational projects for young carers and secondary school aged refugees and asylum seekers. The Charity will award grants up to £30,000 a year for three years.
The Charity also provides education grants for individuals aged 16 to 25 years who are permanently resident in Lambeth and Wandsworth for at least 6 months. Disabled young people are eligible to apply for funding towards their additional education and training costs.
To apply, contact the Charity's Manager, Melenie Griffiths on 020 7498 8878 for an informal discussion and an application form.
Small grants are available to enable Community and Seldom Heard
groups to engage with the commissioning of local NHS services.
Grants of up to
£2,500 are available over the next year (2015/16) to enable these organisations take part in
shaping future healthcare provision. Priority will be given to groups who have not
been previously involved in the scheme.
The Wandsworth Healthwatch is responsible for administering the grants and monitoring how they are used.
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The Vision Foundation
The Vision Foundation (formerly the Greater London Fund for the Blind) is now accepting applications for the newly launched Vision Fund.
The new fund aims to address the most pressing issues affecting blind and partially sighted people in London today. Its designed to fund innovative projects that are changing lives in our communities.
The charity is keen to hear from organisations looking for funding for projects which fall in line with their 3 strategic aims:
- Opening London up
- Empowering at-risk groups
- Preventing avoidable blindness.
The Vision Foundation supports organisations delivering services directly to blind and partially sighted people across London, and organisations that are experts in their fields but may not be reaching blind and partially sighted people.
They are looking for projects which can demonstrate a track record of success, or ideas that need an innovative early funder to give them a chance.
Grants range from £5,000-£50,000 for projects lasting between 1-2 years. The deadline for applications is 09 January 2020.
Find out more information and application guidelines - How to Apply