Lavelle Fund for the Blind Grant

Lavelle Fund for the Blind

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Grant amount: Up to US $1,500,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Afghanistan; Albania; Algeria; Angola; Argentina Show all

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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About the Lavelle Fund for the Blind

The Lavelle Fund supports programs in the Tri-State New York area and the developing world that help people who are blind and visually impaired lead independent, productive lives, together with eye care programs working to prevent and treat vision loss. We concentrate support on programs with records of achieving measurable impact on the visually impaired populations served. Programs in the Catholic tradition of serving the disadvantaged are of special interest.

What We Fund

The Lavelle Fund for the Blind funds the following program areas:

Medical Eye Care

Ophthalmic, Optometric, and Public Health Services

Medical (ophthalmic) treatment and surgery for eye diseases and disorders, optometric treatment and eyeglass prescriptions, and public health efforts to control the spread of vision affecting communicable eye diseases.

Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

Independent, Productive Lives

Adaptive training, devices, and low-vision services advancing success and independence in the classroom, workspace, and home.

Related areas of funding include: information & referral services and access to religious services.


Education Services, Professional Training and Scholarships

K-12, university and graduate-level educational services for students who are blind and visually impaired and professional training for teachers and other professionals or para-professionals who serve and support people who are blind and visually impaired.

Related areas of funding include:the Brother James Kearney Scholarship Program.

Program vs. Capital Support

The Lavelle Fund for the Blind concentrates on providing program support earmarked for program creation, expansion, or improvement. Capital support is generally awarded only in connection with specific program support needs.

The majority of Fund-supported grants are project-specific. 

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  • The Lavelle Fund for the Blind only provides funding to organizations with U.S. 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status or verifiable non-U.S. charitable status (in the case of foreign-based, non-profit organizations without a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) fiscal intermediary).


  • Programs in the Catholic tradition of serving the disadvantaged are of special interest. 


  • General operating support is rarely provided.
  • Funding Limitations
  • The Fund does not make grants to any of the following:
    • Individuals.
    • 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).
    • Advocacy efforts to influence legislation or elections.
    • Organizations seeking support for deficit reduction or emergency funding.