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RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) is the leading
UK charity offering information, support and advice to almost two
million people with sight loss.
The key priorities for RNIB are:
RNIB was established 144 years ago and offers a wide range of
services to blind and partially sighted people, their families and
The Grants Service offers grants to blind and partially sighted
people to help them live independently in their homes.
Registered severely sight impaired/blind or registered sight
impaired/partially sighted people living in the UK.
Registration is not essential if applications are made on behalf
of someone with sight loss aged eight or under.
Applicants must be in receipt of a means-tested benefit, and one
that is not a tax credit. They must have been refused funding from
their social services or other statutory body for the items
Grants are given for:
The maximum grant is £400. If the total amount needed is more
than this, the rest of the funding must be found elsewhere before
applying to RNIB for the remainder.
Successful applicants must wait for three years before applying
to RNIB for a grant again. Unsuccessful applicants must wait six
months before applying again.
Emergency grants are not provided.
Application forms can be requested by phone on 0303 123 9999, by
email or post. They can also be downloaded from the website.
Contact details are given above. The team will contact you to
confirm receipt of your form and ensure all the information needed
has been provided. Decisions will be notified within three
Benefits checks and other support can be requested from the
Advice Service on the grants form, or by ringing the Helpline on
0303 123 9999 - the main route into the full range of RNIB
As a membership organisation, RNIB also works together with
members to shape the future for people with sight loss.
on the Turn2us Grants Search database
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