Our grant criteria

Please read our guidelines below before filling in your application form. This is the criteria we use to decide if you or your child qualify for funding


Technology grant criteria

We consider a request for funding for technology which will be of a clear, direct benefit to children and young people with vision impairment(s) where no source of statutory funding will pay.

Applicants aged 18 and under who are certificated or eligible to be certificated as Severely Sight Impaired (blind) or Sight Impaired (partially sighted) to be considered. The application needs to explain how the equipment applied for will support the applicant's everyday life in a minimum of 100 words.

Only one application, including an unsuccessful application, can be made in a one-year period. Successful applicants may not apply again within a four-year period for the same or similar item.

Applicants will need to supply a copy of a CVI or a letter from an ophthalmologist. We cannot accept images/jpegs or registration card/documents from your local authority.

The application will need to be supported by a VI professional working directly with the applicant at the time of the submission. When processing an application, we may contact another professional who works with the applicant to confirm the suitability of the items being applied for.

Equipment and/or software provided by Guide Dogs is for home use only. The provision of equipment and software within an educational environment (school/college) is the responsibility of the education provider.

All sections of the form must be completed and signed. Any incomplete forms will be rejected, but we will notify you of any missing information and encourage you to resubmit your completed application by a certain date.

The decision to support an application will be based on the information provided, and will be made by a board of professionals from Guide Dogs. Applicants will be informed of the result by letter. Every decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding this.

In the case of successful applications where full funding has been offered, a minimum 10% contribution will be required, including VAT and postage. Full payment, along with the return of the order confirmation will be required before an order can be placed.

Funds will not be paid retrospectively or to individuals. All grants are dependent on available funding.

Please note that when applying for:

Tablets – iPad Standard, iPad 128GB, Wi-Fi only model 

Applicants must be aged three years and over. Peripherals and cases will not be supplied.

Connect 12 and similar magnifiers

Applicant must be seven years or above. Due to the high cost of these devices, if successful, we will offer a maximum 50% of the total cost and no contribution will be requested. Please ensure you have the remaining funding in place before applying.

Braille devices, including refreshable Braille items

Applicants must have grade 2 Braille with a supporting letter confirming this. Due to the high cost of these devices, if successful, we will offer a maximum of 35% of the total cost and no contribution will be requested. Please ensure you have the remaining funding in place before applying.

Connect and Learn devices

Due to the high cost of these devices, if successful, we will offer a maximum of 80% of the total cost and no contribution will be requested. Please ensure you have the remaining funding in place before applying.

It's recommended that all application forms are sent recorded delivery as Guide Dogs will not pay for any missing postage. We'll send an email notification when your application has been received. If you hear nothing within two weeks, check your recorded delivery and contact us.

Please email any completed application forms to grants@guidedogs.org.uk or post your forms, including a supporting letter and other documents, to:

Grant Service Guide Dogs 
48-62 Woodville Road 
Harborne 
Birmingham 
B17 9AT

Need more information?

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