Visual Impairment

We fund charities that support people who are blind or visually impaired.   Access to technology, services and the right kind of emotional support are all important in promoting involvement and participation in society. Particular attention is given to lower incidence conditions.

We are also keen to encourage a wider range of organisations to develop initiatives that better meet the needs of people with visual impairments.

Funding is also available for medical research into visual impairment and sight loss.

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Recent Awards

Year Recipient Project Title Amount
2023-24 Listening Books Subsidised audiobook service for visually impaired people in Scotland £9,000
2023-24 British Blind Sport Have A Go Day – a multi-sport taster event for people with sight loss £2,465
2023-24 ClearVision Project Improving the education and wellbeing outcomes of sight impaired children £22,500
2023-24 Grampian Society for the Blind T/A North East Sensory Services (NESS) NESS Hospital Information Service £27,614
2023-24 Pathfinder Guide Dog Programme Independent Living Skills £36,995
2023-24 Fife Society for the Blind T/A seescape Accessible Technology Service (ATS) £45,000
2023-24 Macular Society Practical and Emotional Support for People Affected by Macular Disease £45,000
2023-24 GWSSB T/A Visibility Scotland The Listening Ear £48,000
2022-23 Hearts & Minds Ltd Clowndoctors in the Classroom at The Royal Blind School £46,665
2022-23 NHS Forth Valley Comparison of live remote paediatric digital vision testing outcomes versus face to face appointments in orthoptic clinic £63,129
2022-23 Forth Valley Sensory Centre Replacement Brailler equipment £4,600
2021-22 Imaginate Performance: ‘How do you take a photo of a dinosaur?’ £3,520
2021-22 Fife Society for the Blind T/A seescape Tech at Home Project £9,620
2021-22 musicALL Scotland Sounds Like A Story Project £10,000
2021-22 Visibility Scotland REACH £36,000
2021-22 Fruitmarket Gallery See with Me £34,500
2021-22 Living Paintings Trust Touch to See Book Library for Blind People in Scotland £18,000
2021-22 Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) Haggeye Youth Engagement Forum £24,000
2021-22 Edinburgh Art Festival Edinburgh Art Festival Visually Impaired Audience Programme 2021 £5,728
2021-22 Listening Books Audiobook service for visually impaired people in Scotland £9,000
2020-21 S.I.S.G Enterprises Ltd Support During Covid for Older People with Sight Loss £8,969
2020-21 ClearVision Project Free postal library of dual print and braille children’s books for vision impaired children in Scotland £18,000
2020-21 Fight for Sight Characterisation of an animal model for cornea stromal dysfunction: the ZNF469 mouse knockout £60,000
2020-21 VisionPK VisionPK’s furture ambitions £20,000
2020-21 Visibility Scotland Dumfries & Galloway Confident Connected Communities Project £21,275
2020-21 Macular Society Emotional and practical support services to people with macular disease £36,000
2020-21 Calibre Audio Library Connecting, Stimulating and Empowering Disabled People in Scotland through Audiobooks £6,500
2020-21 British Wireless for the Blind BWBF Connect £5,000
2020-21 Living Paintings Trust Library Book Service for Blind/Partially Sighted £5,000