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Please read notes here before applying or download and print the form

Essential information is marked with an asterisk (*)

If you are applying on behalf of someone else please initial the declaration below.
I confirm that l am authorised to sign on behalf of the beneficiary and that any grant will be used for his\her benefit.

Notes for applications - please read carefully

The ‘Association’ is a trust fund. The Trustees may award small grants (Maximum of £200) to ‘registered’ blind or partially sighted people in need, who are residents of South Tyneside, for specialist equipment or services. Whilst funding is limited, the Trustees hope to use the grants to enhance the lives of the people they represent in South Tyneside. The Trustees meet up to four times a year to consider applications.

  1. Beneficiaries must be resident within South Tyneside.
  2. Beneficiaries must be registered with a GP in South Tyneside.
  3. Applicants should provide their registration Certificate of Visual Impairment, formerly BD8) and include contact details of a health or social care professional who may be contacted to verify the beneficiary’s registration. By making this application you are consenting to the Trustees contacting this professional. The health or social care professional could be a GP, social worker, hospital specialist or Rehabilitation Officer based at ‘Sight Service’. Registration Cards can be obtained, in person, from the Rehabilitation Officer, Tel. 0191 4556628.
  4. Evidence of the cost for equipment or services to be purchased with the grant and grants awarded must be used for the specified purpose. The panel reserve the right to ask for evidence of the purchase, delivery or installation of goods/services.
  5. All applicants will receive written confirmation of receipt of their application together with the date of the meeting at which the application is to be considered.
  6. If successful, grants will be paid by cheque directly to the supplier or provider.
  7. Grants will not be awarded to Groups/Organisations or for holidays, medical treatment, prescriptions, research or transport costs.
  8. Occasionally the Trustees may ask for clarification or additional information to help them to reach a decision. All applicants will receive a letter after the relevant meeting to advise whether or not they have been successful.
  9. If an application is successful, the same beneficiary cannot reapply within a twelve month period.
  10. The Trustees may decide to fully fund or part fund the cost and/or to defer an application to a future meeting if there are insufficient funds.
  11. There is no appeal against the decision not to award a grant and Trustees will not enter into discussions about individual applications.
  12. If you need help to complete the application form, contact Marian.
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