Apply for funding

Our new fund open to applications on 1st November 2019.

We are currently closed to applications for funding.

However, we’re launching a new fund, opening on the 1st November, for the most innovative projects that will change lives and save sight.  To register your interest in the fund, please email hello@visionfoundation.org.uk with the words “New Fund” in your subject line, and please return to our website for more information about how to apply on the 1st November.  All projects must support blind and partially sighted people who live, work, study or are visiting London.

 

We are interested in funding projects which support our three strategic aims:

1. Opening London up

Everyone living, working or visiting London should have access to the rich cultural, economic and social opportunities of our city. In reality, only a quarter of blind and partially sighted working-age Londoners are working. Alongside poor employment, blind and partially sighted people tell us that they face barriers in taking part in physical activity, navigating city streets and engaging in social activities – many things sighted people might take for granted.

To ensure we have the biggest impact, we are interested in projects which:

  • Educate and influence employers
  • Empower individuals through education and building confidence, networks and skills
  • Ensure sports, arts, social and cultural spaces are accessible
  • Improve public transport and public safety
  • Showcase and celebrate excellence
2. Empowering those at-risk

Within the visually impaired community there are certain groups who can face a “double disadvantage”. When facing sight loss, those from the BAME community, older people, women, those living on a low income and those with other disabilities are at risk of experiencing poorer outcomes. In addition, there are some consequences of sight loss that are not supported well or at all, such as the heightened risk of domestic violence, poverty or poor mental health.

To ensure we have the biggest impact, we are interested in projects which:

  • Identify and advocate with those particularly marginalised.
  • Identify the moments when people face the greatest risk of spiralling outcomes, including bereavement, the point of diagnosis or upon losing a job.
  • Sight loss services focused on at-risk communities.
  • Ensuring that specialist services for the general population are fully accessible and are reaching blind and partially sighted people.
3. Preventing avoidable blindness

200,000 people are living with sight loss in the capital and just under 700,000 (1 in 12 adults) are living with a sight threatening condition. Unless there are bold interventions, these figures are set to increase significantly by 2030. An estimated 50% of sight loss is avoidable, but not currently avoided.  Public awareness and a stretched NHS are major contributors to these poor outcomes. The NHS recommends an eye test every two years, but over a third of people are put off eye tests due to concerns about cost and two in three parents have never taken their child for a test.

To ensure we have the biggest impact, we are interested in projects which:

  • Raise public awareness about the importance of sight tests, particularly among at risk communities.
  • Improve access to sight tests including adapted tests and community- based testing.

To register your interest in the fund, please email hello@visionfoundation.org.uk with the words “New Fund” in your subject line, and please return to our website for more information about how to apply on the 1st November.