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 the visually impaired.
Through these grants we fund a variety of activities and you can find out how to apply at the bottom of the page.
The funding ranges from schemes to increase inclusion and to reach neglected and vulnerable groups, to providing sporting and recreational opportunities for all.
The guiding ethos of the fund is to seek those 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.
• 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 that has enabled them to launch many much needed services.
Action Trust for the Blind for the purchase of a new Global Positioning System 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.
Royal London Society for the Blind to help with the running of their infants school for blind children and to establish a community IT training programme for adults.
National Talking Newspapers to help increase the number of subscribers who can receive 250 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
The application process for 2017/18 is currently being finalised. Details will be published early in the new year. Please check back mid-January onwards.