Donor: Lavelle Fund for the Blind
Application procedure: Full Proposal, Online Application
Donor base: United States
Reference number: -
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation
Deadline: ongoing

Financial details

Grant size: Medium - up to $1,000,000
Minimum grant size: 10.000$
Total available budget: 11.000.000$
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: 1.500.000$
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Disability
  • Education
  • Health
  • Humanitarian Aid

Project Locations

  1. Africa

      Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia, Zimbabwe

  2. America

      Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela

  3. Asia

      Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen

  4. Europe

      Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine

  5. Pacific

      Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu


1) Objective

The Lavelle Fund for the Blind is a charitable grant-making foundation dedicated primarily to supporting programs that help New York State and New York City area residents who are blind or visually impaired live independent and productive lives. While priority is generally given to programs in the greater New York metropolitan area, the Fund also considers grant requests geared to preventing, treating and, where possible, reversing blindness and vision loss globally. 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. General operating support is rarely provided.

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

  • (1) Medical Eye Care: 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. To date, most such support has gone to developing world programs.
  • (2) Vision Rehabilitation & Resources: 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.
  • (3) Education: 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.

2) Eligibility 

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

3) Location 

Actions can take place in various countries worldwide.

4) Budget

Their annual funding volume is around $11,000,000 and past grants have ranged from $10,000 to $1,500,000.

5) Application 

Grant proposals may be submitted at any time via their online submission portal. A complete grant application includes the following components: (1) Cover Letter: a brief cover letter, on your organization’s letterhead, to be signed by the executive director; (2) Narrative: complete responses to the questions in the proposal template in the Fund’s grants management system, CyberGrants, pasted directly into the provided textboxes; (3) Financial Information: clearly indicate the dates of the financial period(s) covered in each document; and (4) Additional Information: organisation’s List of Board of Directors (with their professional affiliations) and organisation’s IRS Determination Letter (confirming tax-exempt status).

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