The gift of a grant

Grants from trusts, foundations and statutory organisations help deepen our specialist support, which plays a vital role in supporting us to achieve our vision for inclusive communities where people with learning disabilities can participate as equal citizens.

Thanks to grant support, we enable people with learning disabilities and autistic people to look after their eyes and vision, stay well and develop valuable life skills.

If you would like to discuss any specific areas, please contact Amy Appleton (Senior Trust Fundraising Manager) by emailing

What our supporters say

“The Vision Foundation has supported SeeAbility’s vital work for the best part of a century. AsOlivia Curno an organisation, SeeAbility pioneers specialist support, enabling people with sight loss and learning disabilities to live more independently as active participants in their communities.

Our relationship with SeeAbility is both positive and productive. We have found the organisation to be a reliable grantee that has a strong track record of delivering community programmes, education initiatives and campaigns that engage and inspire action.

SeeAbility’s positive, bold and innovative approach drives social change and makes a real difference to people’s lives.” – Olivia Curno, Chief Executive, Vision Foundation

“As a capital funder, we recognise the need for SeeAbility to provide specialist accommodation and equipment to meet the needs of people living with vision loss, learning disability and autism. The Foundation’s first grant to the charity in 1997 helped to set up Heather House, one of the first facilities anywhere in the world to provide dedicated support for young people with juvenile CLN3 (Batten) disease. Over the last 25 years we have been delighted to help SeeAbility create bespoke, supportive environments enabling young people in their care to achieve their potential and acquire vital independent living skills. We have found them to be a brilliant partner, and very much admire their work." -  Wolfson Foundation 

Dawn Green“SeeAbility is an inspirational organisation, working tirelessly to remove barriers for people with disabilities and supporting them to realise their potential and live happier and healthier lives. We have been privileged to support their work for more than twenty years. The impact of the equipment and assistive technology we have funded on the lives of the people SeeAbility supports is evident, as is the excellence of the support and care provided.” - Dr Dawn Green, Karten Network Development Co-ordinator, Karten Network, The Ian Karten Charitable Trust


Emily’s story

“Giving people a voice is so important. In my new job I want to make a difference and the first thing is making sure the government hears our needs.”