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Grant application guidelines

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Blind people

The Trust awards grants to UK registered or exempt charities whose work fulfils the criterion:

Care of blind people and the prevention and cure of blindness.

The Trust welcomes applications but receives far more than it can afford to support. In a typical year we are able to respond positively to around 1 in 3 eligible applications in this field. Around 20 charities are supported each year with grants varying from around 3,000 to 30,000.

Charities which exist primarily for the care of blind and partially sighted people are most likely to succeed, but the Trustees will consider other charities (for instance those who care for people with multi-disabilities) where the projects are specifically aimed at the blind or partially-sighted element of their work.

The Trustees are generally unlikely to respond favourably to requests for ongoing running costs of organisations unless there are exceptional reasons, preferring instead to contribute towards new or capital projects. The Trustees will consider applications from charities in this field whose work is abroad, but are only likely to support one such charity each year. The Trust supports charities of all sizes. Examples of recent successful applications are given below.


A small national charity was awarded 4,000 to help fund sailing trips for blind/VI children.

A county blind society was awarded 15,000 towards the cost of expanding its professional counselling service to newly-diagnosed people.

A local society was awarded 14,000 towards the cost of recruitment and first year employment costs for a new Volunteer Coordinator.

A county blind society was awarded 7,500 towards the cost of developing an outreach ‘hub’ so local people may access services without having to travel long distances.

A college of further education for VI/blind young adults was awarded 15,000 towards a major upgrade of their IT equipment for students.

A UK registered charity was awarded 25,000 towards its blindness prevention and treatment work in Bangladesh.

If you wish to discuss a particular project before submitting an application, please email or telephone the Grants Administrator.

Applications should be submitted from November and by 31 January at the latest.

Please try and get your application to us before the final deadline, as large numbers received on 31 January may mean that these applications do not get our fullest attention.