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New Three Year Grant offered by Spectacle Makers’ Charity

6 February 2018

The Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers’ Charity has announced that, for the first time, it will be offering organisations involved with eye health and/or sight loss the opportunity to apply for a substantial three-year grant.

The three-year commitment will give security of funding for significant projects and allow the benefit of new initiatives to be measured over a longer period.

Applications for the grant must reflect the aims of the Charity, which are to:

  • reduce vision impairment both within the UK and elsewhere
  • support the development of eye health training and education internationally
  • improve the quality of life of people who have already lost sight
  • support certain research projects within vision science, through grants to organisations with established peer review processes for assessment and monitoring of specific projects

Applicants will need to show that their work will have national or international benefit and that the funds will go directly to helping those with vision impairment.

The Charity, under its new Chairman, Dr Natalie Briggs, has a target of increasing its funds to £1 million by 2029. The Charity has a 22-year record of making small but significant awards to charitable organisations in the UK and overseas.  This will continue, alongside one new three-year grant per year.

The Master of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers, Felicity Harding, said, “This commitment is a new venture for the Spectacle Makers’ Charity and one that I am delighted to support.  I hope it will provide a real incentive to organisations to undertake projects that will have a lasting impact.”

The application form and further details about the process can be found at


The closing date for applications is 28th February 2018.

The Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers’ Charity (registered in England, no 1072172)