As well as grants from RNIB, there are a number of different charities and organisations around the UK that may be able to provide you with financial assistance if you are blind or partially sighted and on a low income.
We recommend that you always try your local Social Services department first. Whether you are registered with them or not, they may be able to give you help with:
In England, your local authority should also have a welfare assistance scheme to help people on low incomes afford everyday household items. Call your local authority and ask to speak to their welfare assistance scheme to find out about their qualifying criteria and how much money is available (this varies between local authorities). You can search for your local welfare scheme on the Child Poverty Action Group online directory.
If you live:
Your local Education Authority can also give help with equipment and transport for educational needs.
There may be a local charity providing grants in your area. For details of regional grant-giving charities, use the Turn2Us online search, check the disability grants web page, visit Sightline Directory or call our Helpline (0303 123 9999).
Local societies for people with sight loss
There are a number of independent local societies for blind and partially sighted people around the country and they may offer grants for or the loan of equipment to help you in your daily life. Search the Sightline Directory to find out contact details of your local society and what help they can give you. You can also call our Helpline on 0303 123 9999 for more information.
There are a range of charities in the UK that give grants to blind and partially sighted people. Some only give grants for specific types of items (such as computer equipment), some give grants to certain sorts of people (such as ex-service personnel) and some are specifically for people with sight loss.
The Turn2Us online search provides a comprehensive and free way to find available grants online.
We have also produced a factsheet that gives details of other charities that may be able to give you funding:
You can also call our Helpline on 0303 123 9999 to find other charities that may be able to help you.