The Vision Foundation believes passionately that people living with sight loss should have the same opportunities as anyone else. We strive to ensure London is a city that works for everyone and that avoidable sight loss is prevented. One of the ways we do this is by funding organisations that provide front-line services across London.
The majority of our funding is distributed through the Vision Fund. This Fund is designed to support organisations delivering services directly to blind and partially sighted people across London, and organisations that are expert in their fields but may not be reaching blind and partially sighted people. The Vision Fund aims to address the most pressing issues affecting people living with or facing sight loss in London today. We support organisations and projects which can demonstrate a track record of success, or ideas that need an innovative early funder to give them a chance.
Information on how to apply to the Vision Fund is here
Information for grant holders is here
Grants and Impact Advisory Committee
The Vision Foundation’s 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 our Board of Trustees, with a particular focus on reviewing funding applications and making recommendations on the best and most impactful projects to support.
Information on members of the Advisory Committee is here
London Community Response Fund
The emergency situation brought about by Covid-19 spurred the launch of the London Community Response, coordinated by London Funders. This Fund has made millions of pounds available to London’s civil society groups affected by Covid-19 through an easy to access process. The Vision Foundation was an early partner and contributor to ensure that blind and partially sighted people were supported during this crisis.
Covid-19 has taken a heavy toll on the charity sector’s finances and some trusts and foundations have reacted by opening up new funding programmes. We know that researching and applying to these can be time-consuming and overwhelming. If you are a sight loss charity working in London and have no more than one full-time fundraiser on staff at present, we can help you apply to trusts and foundations for funding to support your charity’s needs relating to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Please contact Dimple Ichharam, our Trusts Fundraising Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Depending on your situation, we can help with:
- Researching relevant trusts and foundations;
- Reviewing applications you have drafted;
- Drafting and submitting applications on your behalf.
Please note that this support is restricted to applications to other trusts and foundations. Our Grants and Impact team is able to offer general advice on how to apply to the Vision Foundation but we are unable to review or draft your application to us.