Charity Grants

This section is for charities and organisations. If you are an individual interested in our bursaries and travel awards, please go to the Bursaries and Travel Awards page.

Important note for charities and organisations:  Please check first to make sure that your project will meet the criteria set out below under “Application Requirements“.

Specifically, we can only support applications which will directly benefit vision-impaired people and for which funds are received and accounted for within the UK.

If you have any questions, please email charity@spectaclemakers.com

Application Requirements

The Spectacle Makers’ Charity will consider applications for grants from:

  • registered UK charities having a visible and meaningful impact on the lives of vision impaired people
  • educational institutions in the UK teaching and researching in the eye health field

The Charity will not consider:

  • grants which do not directly relate to vision
  • more general disaster/emergency appeals
  • direct grants outside the UK

The trustees will consider grants towards specific projects as well as co-funding larger projects where it can make a meaningful contribution. Charitable grants given by this Charity to organisations are usually between £2,000 and £10,000.

The Spectacle Makers’ Charity (together with its founder member, The Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers) is interested in developing mutually beneficial relationships with those that it supports.  The impact of each grant made is very important to us.  Honest reporting of outcomes and an analysis of the long term benefits delivered by past projects will form a major part of our decision making if a benefiting charity decides to re-apply for funding.

Standard Application Process

The Trustees meet four times a year.

Applications can only be accepted online. Here are the deadlines:

February meeting: applications received by 10 January

May meeting: applications received by 10 April

September meeting: applications received by 31 July

November meeting: applications received by 30 September

If you have a vision impairment and cannot submit an online form, please call us on 020 7236 2932 and we will be pleased to suggest an alternative.

Grant Application Form

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Grants are paid within four weeks of each Trustee meeting. If you have not heard from us, it means that your application has not been successful. We are sorry that we cannot give feedback to everyone who applies. You will be able to re-apply but it would be sensible to leave a gap of at least 6 months before trying again. All those who receive a grant will be required to provide update reports 6 and 12 months after the start of a project. The reports should explain progress against the original plan, the number of people who have benefited from the work, the impact the grant has made for individuals or research studies and any outcomes or learning which could be helpful to others. We will also ask for high-resolution photographs. Information from these reports and photographs (with the appropriate consents) may be used in our members’ journals, in news-sheets to donors and on social media to raise awareness of the work of the Charity and encourage further donations. Reports and any other correspondence for the Charity Trustees should be sent by email to charity@spectaclemakers.com. Please do not send large documents or printed reports by post.

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