Awards and Grants

Westchester Council of the Blind 50 Plus Technology Grant

Introduction

Westchester Council of the Blind, a chapter of the American Council of the Blind of New York, also known as WCBNY, has established a funding opportunity for individuals seeking to sustain or enhance independence through technology. Our purpose is to support and promote the educational, vocational and social advancement of blind and visually impaired persons living in Westchester and the lower Hudson Valley. The grant was created to bridge the gap where   other provisional support, like the New York State Commission for the Blind, will offer either no funding or minimal funding for technology. Examples of this could be, but are not limited to, an individual wanting to acquire a tablet, magnifier, mobile device or braille display. The purpose of the grant is to assist those who have limited eligibility for funding from State services for the blind and visually impaired. Many older individuals do not qualify for assistance from the State for devices and other items needed to stay active and connected with their community.  Individuals who are blind or visually impaired and who currently receive   either no monetary support or limited support from State services for the blind can apply.

Eligibility

  • Applicants cannot be a WCB member or family member of WCB
  • Applicants must show financial need based on grant income requirements
  • Applicants must be 50 years or older and be legally blind

Please note: The grant amount may not cover the complete cost of an item it the item exceeds the grant amount

For questions regarding the application or donations to support our grant, please email vicepresident@wcbny.org or call Vice President Annie Chiappetta at 914-393-6605

Application

Candidate must submit the online application in full or it will not be accepted.

Additionally, candidate will be required to sign a release of information form permitting WCB to use his or her name for promotional purposes; upon receiving the grant, the recipient’s name will be released to the news media. The individual may also be required to attend and/or speak during a ceremony or to
the news media.

Please read the online application and form carefully for the required information and deadline date. The deadline date is April 1 of each calendar year.

For questions regarding the application or donations to support our grant, please email vicepresident@wcbny.org.

Rev. 1/19