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TPT: Last call for applications to Emergency Fund!

TPT Last call for applications to Emergency Fund - 5 pm Friday 17 April!

Last call for applications to Emergency Fund

Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) has announced a last call for sight loss organisations to apply to its emergency fund.

The fund was launched at the end of March to support sight loss charities which are providing vital services to blind and partially sighted people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Organisations which wish to apply have until 5 pm Friday 17 April to submit their applications.

Organisations wishing to submit an application should visit TPT’s
Emergency Fund web page.  

Charles Colquhoun, CEO at Thomas Pocklington Trust, said: “In just a fortnight TPT has seen a huge interest in these grants.

“We set aside £500,000 for this emergency fund to allow sight loss sector organisations to continue providing critical services for the physical and emotional wellbeing of blind and partially sighted people.

“From Lochaber to Dorset, we have received applications from right across the country.  They also range thematically from local societies and organisations campaigning for eye health to those which provide sports for bind and partially sighted people.

“I would urge organisations that need support, and which have not yet applied to us, to do so by next Friday.”

More than 60 organisations have applied to date and more than half have been approved, subject to final due diligence.  This equates to well over £300,000 worth of grants already awarded by TPT with the average grant just under £10,000.  TPT is also in discussion with many applicants to seek further clarification on their bids.

The grants, available to sight loss charities, are up to £10,000 or the equivalent of two months’ running costs (whichever is less) for use over the next six months.

TPT suspended its normal grant funding activities, postponed the launch of its revised grant programme and is using funds previously allocated to its normal grant programme to provide this essential support to partners in the sight loss sector.

Charles added: “The monies can be used either to cover the general running costs of the charity in the face of cashflow issues directly caused by the crisis, or to fund a project that will support the blind and partially sighted community through these difficult times.”

Organisations wishing to submit an application should visit TPT’s
Emergency Fund web page.  

 

TPT launches COVID-19 Emergency Fund for the Sight Loss Sector!

TPT launches COVID-19 Emergency Fund for the Sight Loss Sector

TPT launches COVID-19 Emergency Fund for the Sight Loss Sector

Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) has just launched an emergency fund to support sight loss organisations which are providing vital services to blind and partially sighted people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

£500,000 of essential support will be available to sight loss sector organisations to allow them to continue providing critical services for the physical and emotional wellbeing of blind and partially sighted people.

Charles Colquhoun, CEO at Thomas Pocklington Trust, said: “We recognise it is a particularly unsettling time for both the country’s blind and partially sighted population and the sight loss organisations who provide vital services and support to our community.

“We have been speaking to our friends and partners across the sector, listening to their concerns and understanding the essential role these organisations play in supporting blind and partially sighted people, we have suspended our normal grant funding activities and set up this emergency fund.”

The grants, available to sight loss charities, will be for up to £10,000 pounds or the equivalent of two months’ running costs (whichever is less) for use over the next six months.

TPT has suspended its normal grant funding activities, postponed the launch of its revised grant programme and will use funds previously allocated to its normal grant programme to provide this essential support to partners in the sight loss sector.

Charles added: “The monies can be used either to cover the general running costs of the charity in the face of cashflow issues directly caused by the crisis, or to fund a project that will support the blind and partially sighted community through these difficult times.

If you would like to submit an application on behalf of your organisation, please submit an application here

For any questions you have, please email us at: grants@pocklington-trust.org.uk

“It is important to us that we are able to support people as widely as possible throughout the UK and we keep the application process as simple as possible for applicants. This is why we are capping grants at £10,000 per organisation and I am pleased to say that we will be working closely with our partners at Visionary and London Vision to ensure we can process requests as effectively and efficiently as possible.”

Organisations wishing to submit an application should visit TPT’s Emergency Fund web page.