The COVID-19 Emergency Fund is now closed.

Thomas Pocklington Trust (TPT) launched a £500,000 fund in March to support sight loss charities during the pandemic which are providing vital services to blind and partially sighted people.

As expected, there was a huge interest in the fund from right across the country ranging from local societies and organisations campaigning for eye health to those which provide support and training for blind and partially sighted people to use assistive technology.


105 applications were submitted to the Emergency Fund to support either general running costs for organisations affected by the crisis or to fund a specific project that will help blind and partially sighted people throughout this period.  

Projects from Fight Against Blindness, Wirral Society of the Blind and Partially Sighted and ABA Leeds are among the 55 applications approved. View the full list of successful applicants.

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

It is unclear at this time if and when grant funding will resume this financial year.  We will communicate with partners and the sector if we are able to resume grant funding activities again later this year. 

If you have any queries relating to our grants programme please email us at: [email protected]

Visit our COVID-19 page which covers what TPT is doing to lobby the Government to add blind and partially sighted people to the priority list for online shopping and how you can help. Also contains sight advice FAQs, handy apps and advice for self employed workers, students and FE organisations and our residential tenants.