Financial Grants

Updated June 2016

Grants are made by Sight Loss Shropshire to individuals with sight loss, of any age, who are resident in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin, in cases where their needs cannot be met by statutory services.

Generally, grants are made to enable individuals to acquire a particular item of equipment they could not otherwise obtain, or to take part in activities or to obtain a service they would otherwise not be able to, which would enhance their quality of life and/or enhance their ability to live more independently.

Sight Loss Shropshire assesses applications for financial assistance on the individual merits of each application, but the following general points may assist potential applicants as a guide to whether we are likely to be able to offer a grant:

  • In cases where applicants are eligible for aids or specialist equipment or financial assistance from a statutory agency, Sight Loss Shropshire will not normally be able to help;
  • Applications are normally only considered when they are received via a referral from a qualified health, social care, educational or other professional who is working with people with sight loss.  Our usual practice is to ask the professional in question to explain the background to the application, to confirm that the application would not receive funding from a statutory agency and also to confirm that the use to which a grant would be put is genuinely of relevance to, and will assist the applicant’s ability to cope with, sight loss;
  • As a general rule, Sight Loss Shropshire will provide a grant as a part contribution towards the cost involved, but exceptionally will consider a 100%.  We will be able to provide suggestions of other potential sources of grant relevant to the circumstances of the case

If you would like to have a confidential and informal discussion before deciding whether to ask Sight Loss Shropshire for a grant, please contact us at the Sight Loss Shropshire office on 01743 250808, or email us at sightlossshropshire@shropshire.gov.uk, and we will do our best to help.