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.
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“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.