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The Vision Fund is designed to support innovative projects that are changing the lives of visually impaired people in our communities and their families.

The Vision Fund is now closed for applications, we'll announce the next round as soon as we can.

Vision Fund FAQs

Purpose of the 2022 Vision Fund

The Vision Fund is designed to support projects which empower, inform and include blind and partially sighted people and improve eye health across London. It is available for sight loss organisations and other specialist organisations which wish to reach blind and partially sighted people.

We recognise applying for funding can be challenging, time consuming and stressful. Please get in touch with our team by emailing grants@visionfoundation.org.uk if you have ideas but are not sure if they fit our criteria, or if you would like any help with our application process.

Our grantmaking principles

  • Reflect our vision, values and strategy
  • Be intelligent and evidence-based
  • Be courageous and impact driven
  • Encourage collaboration and be empowering
  • Be meaningful and effective
  • Offer stability but encourage sustainability.

All the grants we make must meet at least one of our strategic aims as outlined below. Applications are assessed on the quality of the work rather than the number of priority areas they are working towards. We have three strategic aims that describe the work we support and how we want to bring about change for London’s blind and partially sighted population:

Our strategic aims

icon of Big Ben1. 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 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

Icon of four hands reaching together2. 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.

icon of a sight test chart3. 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 could be prevented if detected and treated in time.

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.

Who can apply

The Vision Fund supports organisations that are providing services in London. The following types of organisations are eligible:

  • UK Registered Charities
  • Registered Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIO)
  • Charitable companies, limited by guarantee
  • Community Interest Companies (CIC), limited by guarantee
  • Exempt charities (e.g. educational establishment)

We can only fund registered organisations as above and are unable to support individuals.

Follow our social media channels for announcements of the next funding round.

Theory of Change

We have a Theory of Change that sets out the change we want to see in society and the methods we will take to achieve this. The diagram and narrative documents below lay out our approach. We are interested in how your project achieves the outcomes outlined in our Theory of Change. Please familiarise yourself with this before completing your application.

Download our Theory of Change diagram

Read the accessible plain text version of our Vision Foundation Theory of Change: Vision Foundation Theory of Change Plain Text 2019

Read the full narrative version of our Vision Foundation Theory of Change: Vision Foundation – Theory of Change Narrative 2019


Contact us

If you have questions about applying to the Vision Fund, please see our FAQs or email grants@visionfoundation.org.uk and include the words “Vision Fund” in your subject line