How do I apply for a grant?
There are a number of things you need to know before applying for a grant, including the grant criteria.
Before you apply for an assistive technology grant, it’s important you know that:
- we can only consider applications where no statutory funding is available
- the assistive technology we offer can only be used in your home, so your child cannot take it into school – their school should provide any adaptive tech needed in the classroom
- your application needs to be supported by a vision impaired (VI) professional
- if your grant is successful, you will need to pay a 10% contribution towards the total cost of the technology
- due to the high costs of some items, such as Connect 12 magnifiers or Connect & Learn devices, we can only cover a certain amount of the total cost, so make sure you can pay for the rest before applying
You must also read all the grant criteria before filling in your application form.
Where do I get an application form?
If you want to apply for a grant, you need to download an application form, and then fill it in.
It’s very important that you tell us how the technology you’re applying for will improve your life, or your child’s life. The more detail you can give us, the more information we’ll have when it comes to making a decision about your application.
Is there an age limit?
Our assistive technology grants are available for children and young people up to (and including) the age of 18. But some items do have age restrictions, so check the grant criteria before you apply.
Who can support my application?
Your application needs to be supported by a VI professional, including:
- local authority service providers, including QTVI teachers who work directly with you or your child
- habilitation officers
- health workers (VI)
- social workers
Do you give grants to schools?
No – sorry. All the items funded by our technology grants are just for home use.
Where do I send my application?
Guide Dogs Grant Service
48-62 Woodville Road
You can make one grant application a year, including an unsuccessful application. If you are successful, you can’t apply again for another four years for the same item or something similar.
How long will it take to find out if I’m successful?
We’ll send you an email to confirm that we’ve received your application but if you don’t hear anything from us within two weeks, please get in touch.
It normally takes four months for us to process an application, and we’ll send you a letter to let you know if you’ve been successful or not. Our decision is final and we will not enter into any further correspondence on the issue.
If your application is unsuccessful because you haven’t given us enough information, we’ll let you know what’s missing and ask you to resubmit your completed application form by a certain date.