Lavelle Fund for the Blind Grant
Lavelle Fund for the Blind
Grant amount: Up to US $1,500,000
Applicant type: Nonprofit
Funding uses: Applied Project / Program, Education / Outreach
Location of project: Preferred: New York Other eligible locations: Afghanistan; Albania; Algeria; Angola; Argentina; Armenia; Azerbaijan; Bangladesh; Belarus; Belize; Benin; Bhutan; Bolivia; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Botswana; Brazil; Bulgaria; Burkina Faso; Burundi; Cambodia; Cameroon; Cape Verde; Central African Republic; Chad; China; Colombia; Comoros; Congo; Congo, The Democratic Republic Of The; Costa Rica; Cuba; Côte D'Ivoire; Djibouti; Dominica; Dominican Republic; Ecuador; Egypt; El Salvador; Equatorial Guinea; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Fiji; Gabon; Gambia; Georgia; Ghana; Grenada; Guatemala; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Guyana; Haiti; Honduras; India; Indonesia; Iran, Islamic Republic Of; Iraq; Jamaica; Jordan; Kazakhstan; Kenya; Kiribati; Korea, Democratic People's Republic Of; Kyrgyzstan; Lao People's Democratic Republic; Lebanon; Lesotho; Liberia; Libya; Macedonia, the Former Yugoslav Republic Of; Madagascar; Malawi; Malaysia; Maldives; Mali; Marshall Islands; Mauritania; Mauritius; Mayotte; Mexico; Micronesia, Federated States Of; Moldova, Republic of; Mongolia; Montenegro; Morocco; Mozambique; Myanmar; Namibia; Nepal; Nicaragua; Niger; Nigeria; Pakistan; Palau; Palestine, State of; Panama; Papua New Guinea; Paraguay; Peru; Philippines; Romania; Russian Federation; Rwanda; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent And The Grenadines; Samoa; Sao Tome and Principe; Senegal; Serbia; Seychelles; Sierra Leone; Solomon Islands; Somalia; South Africa; South Sudan; Sri Lanka; Sudan; Suriname; Swaziland; Syrian Arab Republic; Tajikistan; Tanzania, United Republic of; Thailand; Timor-Leste; Togo; Tonga; Tunisia; Turkey; Turkmenistan; Tuvalu; Uganda; Ukraine; Uzbekistan; Vanuatu; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of; Vietnam; Yemen; Zambia; Zimbabwe; American Samoa; Counties in Connecticut: Fairfield County; Litchfield County; New Haven County; Counties in New Jersey: Bergen County; Essex County; Hudson County; Hunterdon County; Mercer County; Middlesex County; Monmouth County; Morris County; Ocean County; Passaic County; Somerset County; Sussex County; Union County; Pike County, Pennsylvania Expand all
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- Vision rehabilitation, education, and other non-medical services to or on behalf of people with irreversible vision loss.
- Eye care (ophthalmic, optometric, and related public health services) for disadvantaged people.
- Vision Rehabilitation and Low Vision Services - These include an array of professional services and adaptive devices designed to prepare people who are blind or visually impaired to live independent, productive lives. Examples include:
- Undergoing training in skills of daily living (e.g., eating, cooking, personal hygiene), safe mobility in the home and community, and adaptive communications skills (reading and writing Braille and accessing Braille, large-print, and recorded books).
- Preparing for and obtaining appropriate paid work.
- Learning to use adaptive computer technology and, as needed, being fitted with low vision optical devices.
- Education Services for Blind and Visually Impaired Students. Examples include instructional and therapeutic services to K-12 students who are blind and visually impaired.
- Lavelle Fund College Scholarship Program. This provides last-dollar-of-need scholarships to New York State, New Jersey, and Connecticut residents who are legally blind, financially needy, and studying at selected partner colleges and universities in the Tri-State New York Area. (For more information, please find out more here.)
- Training for Vision Professionals & Para-Professionals - Examples include university and other training programs for the teachers, rehabilitation specialists, and other professionals and aides who serve blind and visually impaired people.
- Information and Referral Services - Often internet- or phone-based , these services inform blind and visually impaired people and their families about: eye diseases and disorders; available medical and vision rehabilitation care and technology; and contact data for local care providers. They also often provide blind consumers and their families with opportunities to network with people facing similar challenges.
- Access to Religious Services - This includes access to church and religious education services (e.g., liturgical readings and religious books in accessible formats) and vision services for Catholic religious and clergy.
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- Nonprofit charitable organizations that are exempt from federal taxes under section 501(c) (3) of the IRS Revenue Code can apply for grant, except in the case of non-U.S. charitable, nonprofit organizations that lack a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) fiscal intermediary.
- Most Fund support goes to organizations that serve the New York City metropolitan area or New York State. However, the Fund also funds programs benefiting the developing world.
- Programs in the Catholic tradition of serving the disadvantaged are of special interest.
- The Fund does not make grants to any of the following:
- Organizations that do not have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service,
- except in the case of non-U.S. charitable, nonprofit organizations that lack a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) fiscal intermediary.
- Medical research programs.
- Conferences or media events (unless they are an integral part of a broader program of direct service).
- Efforts to influence legislation or elections.Organizations seeking support for deficit reduction or emergency funding.
- The Fund rarely provides general operating support.
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