The Vision Foundation is delighted to be announcing a new grant funding round today, with grants up to £20,000 available to organisations working with blind and partially sighted people or in support of eye health.
This funding round will include two Funds – the Project Fund and the Resilience Fund.
The Project Fund will offer grants of up to £20,000 for projects which deliver services to and address structural barriers faced by blind and partially sighted people in London. Applications will be accepted across the Charity’s three aims of Opening London Up, Empowering Those At Risk, and Preventing Avoidable Blindness. The charity particularly welcomes projects which work to address the shockingly high unemployment rates of blind and partially sighted people, following their See My Skills report. The report, launched by Vision Foundation Patron HRH The Countess of Wessex at an event in July, identified the main barriers to employment and made practical recommendations on how these could be addressed.
Applications are invited from organisations throughout Greater London (within the M25) which support blind and partially sighted people to find and retain paid work. Grants of up to £20,000 are available through a one-stage application process, these will typically be awarded for up to two years. In addition to employment, access and improvements to key services remains critical to many people with visual impairment. Therefore, the charity also supports proposals which work to address the key areas under all its strategic aims.
The Resilience Fund will offer core and unrestricted grants of up to £5,000 to London’s sight loss organisations, in recognition of the heavy toll taken by the Covid-19 Pandemic on the charity sector’s finances. The Resilience Fund is designed to aid recovery and to support sustainability, effectiveness and efficiencies. This funding will place grantees on surer footing for the year ahead, and allow them to prioritise resilience and impact. As unrestricted funding, the grant could cover operating running costs including contributions to rent, salaries or strengthening operational systems and processes.
“We are so excited to be able to launch one more round of funding in this financial year.” says Vision Foundation Chief Executive Olivia Curno. “This is largely thanks to our loyal supporters who have been so generous throughout the year, and our exceptional fundraising team who have maximised new opportunities.” She continues, “We are thrilled to be able to fund both innovative and essential projects which support blind and partially sighted Londoners, and to ensure that grassroots organisations are able to recover from a very challenging year and a half.”
The online application process has been designed and tested for ease of use and accessibility by visually impaired Vision Foundation colleagues. Deadline for applications is 13 January 2022. The final decision will be made by the Vision Foundation’s Trustees and Grants and Impact Advisory Committee with applicants being informed of the outcome by the end of March 2022.
Download “See My Skills: Breaking the cycle of unemployment for blind and partially sighted people,” the Vision Foundation’s research identifying barriers to employment and recommendations on how to break these down at https://www.visionfoundation.org.uk/see-my-skills-reports/
THE VISION FOUNDATION is a leading sight loss charity promoting positive eye health and supporting projects for blind and partially sighted people. The charity celebrates its centenary anniversary in 2021 and has launched its biggest fundraising appeal in its history; to raise £1m to fund employment projects for blind and partially sighted people.
With a mission to make London a shining example of a sight loss aware city, the Vision Foundation works to transform the lives of people facing or living with sight loss by funding projects which inform, empower and include. Over the last 100 years, they have distributed more than £30m to sight loss organisations to fund vital innovative projects that are changing lives. www.visionfoundation.org.uk
The Grants and Impact Advisory Committee makes sure the Vision Foundation’s grants and impact activities are fair, transparent and guided by expert advice and knowledge. The Committee members, who all have lived experience of sight loss, provide independent advice to Vision Foundations’ Board of Trustees, with a particular focus on reviewing funding applications and making recommendations on the best and most impactful projects to support.
HRH The Countess of Wessex became the Patron of the Vision Foundation in 2003, taking over the patronage of the charity from HM The Queen Mother..