Special Projects Fund

GLFB’s Special Projects Fund

We are now accepting applications for grants from the Special Projects Fund. For an application form please contact Khafsa Ghulam at kghulam@glfb.org.uk

If you need any advice or support with completing the application form, please contact Khafsa using the email address above.

About the Special Projects Fund

As well as supporting our member charities, we also reserve a third of our income to give grants to other great organisations across London, which provide everyday help and support to people living with sight loss.

Through these grants we fund a variety of activities. The funding ranges from schemes to increase inclusion and to reach neglected and vulnerable groups, to providing sporting and recreational opportunities for all.

GLFB funded Special Projects

GLFB-funded projects teach young visually impaired people how to move safely through sport activities.

The guiding ethos of the fund is to support projects with the greatest impact and which have struggled to get funding from other sources.

Projects and services we have funded in the past include:

• Volunteer co-ordinators to help increase the scope and variety of services available to visually impaired people.

• Rehabilitation officers to help blind people adapt to the problems sight loss can cause.

• Family support officers and one to one support for visually impaired children, their families and carers.

• Help with IT equipment.

• Lunch clubs and social opportunities for isolated and vulnerable elderly people with sight problems.

Grants in previous years include:

Action for Blind People to support their work in gaining employment for blind people through ICT training and employment preparation leading to their social inclusion and economic independence.

Association of Blind Asians for the co-ordination of services to the Asian Community in some of the most socially and economically marginalised areas of London.

Action Trust for the Blind for the purchase of a new GPS called a Victor Trekker, which is specially designed for visually impaired people and uses GPS to help the user pinpoint where they are and guide them to specific locations, so greatly increasing their independence.

Extant to enable them to continue with their Youth Theatre Workshop Programmes which aim to enhance the drama teaching in schools by developing skills specifically for visually impaired young people

National Talking Newspapers to help increase the number of subscribers who can receive recorded publications which are despatched in tape, CD or electronic formats.

Middlesex Football Association towards their Blind Football Team training programme.

RNIB for their Braille Modernisation project to enable the speedier production of Braille titles.

How to apply

For details on the application process and for an application form, please email our Special Grants and Member Liaison Officer, Khafsa Ghulam, at kghulam@glfb.org.uk