Blind Low Vision NZ administers a number of funds that provide additional financial help and support to people who are blind, deafblind or low vision. If you need financial assistance meeting the costs of vision rehabilitation, or tertiary education we may be able to help. For more information about any of our funds and trusts please contact 0800 24 33 33 or email us at and the team will be in touch.

Sir Arthur Pearson Memorial Fund

The Pearson Fund can provide grants to applicants for a range of items that support with the additional cost of being blind, deafblind or low vision. For more detailed information please see the Pearson Fund Guide to Operations, or get in touch with us.

Please note, applications for technology require an assessment with one of our technology specialists. If you are applying for funding support for glasses or hearing aids, please see the specific application form and guide.

Operations Guide

Pearson Fund Application Form

Glasses Application Form

Glasses Info Guide

Hearing Aid Application Form

Hearing Aid Information Guide

Oppenheim Tertiary Education Trust Fund

The Oppenheim Trust opens once per year for Blind Low Vision clients who are undertaking tertiary education, to support with the cost of fees.

Applications are now open, and close on Wednesday 12 January 2022 at 5pm.

Please refer to the applicants guide below before filling out the online form. Paper submissions will not be accepted, however if you require assistance with completing the form online you can contact for more information.

Oppenheim Guide

Link to Application Form

Kindred Sharp Children’s Trust

This Trust provides grants to children aged 15 or below (up to age 16) who 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 available is $500 per child, including GST. Please find a copy of the application form, as well as some further information below.

Kindred Sharp Application Form

Kindred Sharp Information Guide

Henderson Fund

This Trust seeks to provide assistance for those who are blind, deafblind or low vision up to the age of 21 years in the New Plymouth, Wanganui, Manawatu, Wairarapa and Wellington areas. Funding can also be applied for children who have received assistance from the Henderson Trust Fund and no longer reside in such areas.

For more information please contact us directly at

The Shirley Owen Trust

If you are a client of Blind Low Vision NZ, and you are learning a classical instrument, or having singing lessons, you can apply for some funding assistance through the Shirley Owen Trust.

Shirley Owen Application Form

Shirley Owen Application Guide

Forsyth Fund

The Forsyth Fund welcomes applications for financial assistance to clients of Blind Low Vision NZ who live within the boundaries of

  1. The Waikato Regional Council, or
  2.  The Waikato District Health Board.

Applications for financial assistance are received, from individuals and groups/clubs, to help clients enhance their potential and independence and/or promote life enrichment.

The Fund is primarily intended to help meet the additional costs of blindness.

The key areas for which grants are available are:

  • provision of equipment directly related to sight loss
  • assistance with sporting and peer support activities
  • educational purposes

The Waikato Regional Committee administers the Fund on behalf of Blind Low Vision NZ

and is able to receive applications at any time, preferably by email, using the appropriate form.

Applicants are requested to seek funding from other similar sources, prior to applying, as the Fund is considered to be a fund of last resort. Applications are accepted without this requirement, if applying for items of equipment costing $200 or less (excluding GST). The Committee reserves the right to raise the $200 limit in special circumstances.

For enquiries, please contact the BLVNZ Hamilton Office:

Forsyth Fund Accountability Form 2021.doc

ForsythFund Group Club Application Form 2021.doc

Forsyth Fund Individual Application Form 1 2021.doc

Forsyth Fund Individual Application Form 2 2021.doc