Grants from RNIB

We offer grants to registered blind or partially sighted people for a range of household items that can help them live independently in their homes.

Who can receive a grant from RNIB?

You, or the person you are applying on behalf of, must:

  • be an individual living in the UK (we do not give grants to organisations or people living outside the UK)
  • be certified or registered as blind or partially sighted (unless you are applying on behalf of a child with sight loss aged eight or under)
  • receive a means-tested benefit and one that is not a Tax Credit. Means-tested benefits include Income Support; Pension Credit; Housing Benefit; Council Tax support; Income-related Employment and Support Allowance; Income-related Job Seeker's Allowance; and Universal Credit. If you receive Universal Credit, we have guideline amounts for what you can receive and still apply to us
  • have been refused funding from your local authority for the items you need
  • have savings of less than £6,000
  • have not had a grant from us in the last three years.

If you are applying on behalf of your child, a relative or someone you care or support for, please give their details on our application form and then make a separate note of your contact details.

What we give grants for and for how much

We can only consider applications for grants towards:

  • carpets and flooring (for health and safety reasons)
  • cookers and microwaves (including talking microwaves)
  • essential adaptations, repairs or redecoration (for health and safety)
  • fridges and freezers
  • furniture
  • talking kitchen or labelling equipment (such as RNIB's PenFriend)
  • washing machines
  • washer dryers and tumble dryers (but only in exceptional circumstances).

We are not able to give grants for any other type of item or for educational purposes.

The items must be reasonably priced for your needs and for certain items we have listed guidleline amounts in our application form. If you ask for an item that costs more than the guideline amount then we may ask you to opt for a cheaper item as our funds are limited and the cheaper item may still meet your needs.

We can only give a maximum of £400, so if the total of the items you need cost more than this you must find the rest of the funding elsewhere before you apply to us for the remainder.

How do I apply for a grant from RNIB or get more information?

To apply, download and complete our application form:

Please read the notes at the beginning of our form carefully. The notes give more details about our grants scheme and what information you need to send with your form in order for us to be able to make a decision on your application.

Your application must be supported by a professional who knows your personal circumstances. This could be a social worker, occupational therapist, health care visitor, or a worker from your local society for the blind. It cannot be your GP, a friend or family member though.

Please take a copy of your completed form and then send the original to:

RNIB Information Resource Team
105 Judd Street
London
WC1H 9NE

For more information, please call our Helpline on 0303 123 9999 and ask to speak to the team that deals with grants. You can also email InfoResourceTeam@rnib.org.uk.

We welcome grant applications at any time of the year although we are closed for calls between Christmas and New Year. We record calls to our grants service for quality and training purposes.

How long will I have to wait for my grant if I’m successful?

If you send us all the information we need in your application, we can make a decision within a few days. If your application is successful then it takes around two weeks to send out your payment – by cheque or straight into your bank account.