for the Blind Charitable Foundation is making a difference in the education and independence of blind and visually impaired students by funding specialized equipment, materials, and training
as well as educational, cultural, and employment opportunities. We are "leveling the playing field" - making it possible for students
with visual impairments to have the same advantages in the classroom
as their sighted peers. We believe education and independence is the first step on the
road to lifelong success and are committed to those we serve, whether it is on an individual,
community or statewide basis.
The Kentucky School for the Blind Charitable Foundation provides grant funding to groups and/or organizations who serve individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Grants are reviewed twice a year in the spring and fall. The largest organization that receives grant funding through the foundation is the Kentucky School for the Blind. The grant helps to support student awards, curriculum and programming, career and technical education, technology and outreach services that affect students across the state. Funding granted by the foundation has also helped expand outreach services to blind and visually impaired preschoolers, provide audio recordings and broadcast readings for the blind and visually impaired, and placed assistive technology into the hands of students.
For a list of grant requirements and a grant application form, click here.
The Kentucky School for the Blind Charitable Foundation plays a
significant role in putting braille writers
into the hands of visually impaired students and adults. A braille writer is
a device (similar in concept to a typewriter) that allows students
to produce braille. Rather than printing ink, braille writers emboss raised braille dots on special heavyweight paper. Braille writers are considered to be essential communication devices for people who are blind or visually impaired - much like pen and paper are for the sighted. They are expensive at $750 per machine which makes the loan program so valuable. The charitable foundation
has provided over 400 braille writers to students and
adults throughout the state.
Click here for an application form.
Joseph Kuczwara Scholarship Award
An annual $1,000
scholarship is awarded to a Kentucky School for the Blind graduating
senior in recognition of having a positive attitude, good citizenship, exemplar leadership,
and sincere service to others. The student is nominated by staff of the Kentucky School for the Blind. The Joseph Kuczwara award is named for
one of the founders of the charitable foundation.
Will Evans Scholarship Award
The Kentucky School for the Blind Charitable Foundation offers financial support
for blind and visually impaired students who want to pursue post-secondary education. The scholarship is a $2,000 award for students attending college or vocational training. To be eligible for consideration, the applicant must be blind or visually impaired, a current resident of Kentucky, and must meet the Kentucky Office for the Blind criteria for educational or vocational services. Students may reapply each fiscal year (July 1 – June 30) for up to five years. The Will Evans Scholarship is named for one of the founders of the charitable foundation.
For a complete list of
requirements and an application form, click here.