Sensory equipment and grants

Sensory training can develop many different skills and is one of the most important methods of stimulating your child's senses, such as hearing, touch, smell and taste.

Using sensory equipment and apps will improve a child with a vision impairment's social, emotional and technological skills and have a positive effect on family relationships, interactions with friends and their school life.

We are here to help you select the most appropriate sensory toys, apps and equipment, such as bubble tubes and dark dens, and because we don't sell this equipment our advice is always independent and unbiased.

Sensory grants

Guide Dogs can help fund sensory equipment for home use based on the following criteria:

Recipients must:

  • be aged 18 or under
  • be certified as severely or partially sighted
  • have a copy of a CVI or a letter from an ophthalmologist
  • be supported by a VI professional at the time of submission

It’s really important you tell us how the item you are applying for will improve the applicant’s day-to-day life. More information will allow the grant board to make a more informed decision about your application.

For full details, please download our sensory grant application criteria PDF.

A 10% contribution of the total cost of the equipment is required if your application is successful before an order can be placed. One application, including an unsuccessful application, can be made per year and successful applicants can't apply again within a two-year period for the same or similar item.


Your application can be supported by a letter from a:

  • Habilitation Officer
  • Health Worker (VI)
  • Local authority service provider
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Paediatrician



No, we accept applications throughout the year.


Once we receive your application, we will send you an acknowledgement. If you do not receive this within two weeks please contact us.

Once your application has been received it will be checked for any missing information or documentation. If there is something missing, we will return it to you straight away.

Completed applications will be reviewed and may be presented to the committee for consideration. This process can take up to two months and Guide Dogs decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Sorry, no we can’t and we are unable to pay individuals.

We only pay a third party supplier and any agreed funds must be used in a three month period.


You are the owner of the equipment and any problems or disputes that arise after you have taken delivery must be resolved between you and the supplier. Guide Dogs will not contribute to any on-going cost of repair or upkeep and holds no responsibility for the equipment.

Sensory grant application criteria

Everything you need to know about the grant application process – please read ahead of applying

Sensory grant application form

Please send completed application forms and supporting documents to or post to Birmingham office Guide Dogs, 48-62 Woodville Road, Harborne, Birmingham, B17 9AT

At Guide Dogs, we want every child to enjoy the benefits of sensory toys and equipment

We will support you throughout the application process and are on hand to answer any questions you have.