Gardner’s Trust for the Blind

Gardner’s Trust for the Blind provides grants to individuals who are registered blind or partially sighted. 

Please ensure that before you apply you have a professional person who may support your grant application and submit on your behalf.

GRANT REQUESTS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY A PROFESSIONAL THIRD PARTY AS DETAILED BELOW.

The Trust considers applications for:

  • Computer equipment and software
  • Education or training costs
  • Household items, including some white goods.

The Trust is unable to give grants for: 

  • Debt repayment,
  • Loan repayments,
  • Holidays
  • Anything that has already been paid for

Please contact the Trust if you are unsure if they can help with what you need assistance with.

We are unable to complete the forms for you. This should be done with the help of the professional person who is supporting your grant application.

You may only apply once every 3 years.

The maximum you may claim is £600 (but this is not guaranteed).

WE ARE LIMITED 25 COMPLETE APPLICATIONS PER QUARTER.

Last updated on 10 May 2021

Who is eligible?

All registered and certified blind or partially sighted people who live in the UK and are registered UK Citizen's.

A valid Certificate of Visual Impairment. 

All age groups (birth onwards)

 

How to apply?

ALL FORMS WILL NEED TO BE SUBMITTED BY THE PROFESSIONAL PERSON WHO IS SUPPORTING THE APPLICATION.

Grants must be submitted with ALL documentation complete (fully scanned document via email or post).
You must include:

  • Certificate of Visual Impairment
  • Supporting letter 
  • Details and price of the item/s requested (invoice/BACS payee reference details)
  • Correctly completed application form (*Please ensure all WEEKLY financials are correct. If the person is under 18 and/or still living at home the parents/carer's financial details should be included)  

Missing documentation causes delay and confusion.

Grant requests arriving after the deadline it will be automatically added to the next quarterly meeting (MARCH/JUNE/SEPTEMBER/DECEMBER). 

Please download our application form Gardner's Trust application form.

Submission deadlines for the 2021 Trustee meetings:

  • Monday 15th February 

  • Monday 17th May  

  • Thursday 5th August 

  • Monday 22nd November 

 

 

 

Other information

Letters of support can be from the following:

  • Local Council
  • Local Blind Charity
  • Citizens Advice
  • Medical Professional
  • Social Worker
  • Rehabilitation Officer
  • Teacher

Grant requests above £600 will be conditional on the applicant raising the remaining sum via other charities/family donations or personal savings. The Trust will need to see proof of funds before making the payment. You will have 12 months to raise the balance.

When the maximum number of 25 applicants per quarter is reached, subsequent applications will be carried over to the following quarter.

 

Contact details

Gardner’s Trust for the Blind,
Suite 1, The Old Farmhouse, Stansted Court Yard,
Parsonage Road, Takeley
Essex
CM22 6PU
Email: lucy@smithfield-accountants.co.uK

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