Blind Low Vision NZ administers a number of funds that could provide additional financial help and support to people who are blind or have low vision. If you need financial assistance meeting the costs of vision rehabilitation, or tertiary education we may be able to help. To find out more about applying for financial assistance please contact us at

Kindred Sharp Children’s Trust

This Trust provides grants to children up to the age of 16 who were blind before reaching their second birthday and are registered with Blind Low Vision NZ.

Grants may be approved for the funding of equipment, improving quality of life, or personal development programmes. The maximum grant this Trust will approve is $500.00 per child.

For more information please contact the Fund & Trust Administrator, Murray Peat, on 0800 24 33 33.

Sir Arthur Pearson Memorial Fund

This Fund was established in 1923 from the proceeds of a public appeal for funds to aid both civilian and war blinded persons. It can provide assistance to meet the additional financial costs of blindness; enhance member rehabilitation, habilitation and personal development needs. The Fund does not provide assistance to meet the ordinary costs of daily living or welfare.

Pearson Fund Guide to Operations – August 2019 (.doc).

Sir Arthur Pearson Memorial Fund standard application form

Sir Arthur Pearson Memorial Fund accessible application form

For more information and an application form, contact the Pearson Fund Administrator on 0800 24 33 33 or email:

Henderson Fund

This Trust seeks to provide assistance for blind children up to the age of 21 years in the New Plymouth, Wanganui, Manawatu, Wairarapa and Wellington areas, or for children who have received assistance from the Henderson Trust Fund and no longer reside in such areas.

Please contact the Fund & Trust Administrator on 0800 24 33 33 for more information.

Oppenheim Tertiary Education Trust Fund

The Oppenheim Trust was founded in November 1989 by Dr and Mrs Oppenheim to provide assistance to Blind Low Vision NZ clients undertaking or about to enter tertiary education.

Priority is given to assisting with the cost of fees. Successful grants are awarded in mid-February each year.

Applications are now open and close Wednesday 13 January 2021.

Download the Oppenheim Trust standard application form (.doc)

Forsyth Fund

In 1984, Bob Forsyth, a farmer of Te Puninga, near Morrinsville, donated a parcel of shares to Blind Low Vision NZ.

The gift was initially treated as a restricted fund but, following Mr Forsyth’s death, the Foundation sold the shares and invested the returns in the Forsyth Fund Capital Account. This is classed as an Endowed Capital Fund which means the Foundation manages it, but there are independent Trustees.

The interest earned from the Capital Account is deposited in the Forsyth Fund Distribution Account. As there was no specific designation on the gift when it was made, the Foundation decided that the benefits of the gift should be applied only in the Waikato area.

Accordingly, the money in the Distribution Account is made available to the Waikato Regional Committee for distribution, as grants, to clients who live in the Forsyth Fund Area.

Blind Low Vision NZ’s Board has approved the document Forsyth Fund Policy and Procedures which was developed to assist the Committee with its decisions in response to grant applications. The Committee is responsible for administering the Distribution Account in line with the document.

From time to time, the Committee may wish to recommend that the document be updated. Changes can be implemented only after approval by the Board. The document and application forms were revised in March 2015, and updated in April 2016.

The Shirley Owen Trust: Learn music

If you are a client of Blind Low Vision NZ, and you would like to learn an instrument or practice singing, apply for some funding assistance through the Shirley Owen Trust.

The Trust has gifted Blind Low Vision NZ a sum of money to be used to encourage and foster blind and low vision musicians.

Shirley Owen Trust Application Form – Standard.doc 

Shirley Owen Trust Application Form – Accessible.doc