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    2015
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    American Foundation for the Blind

    New York, NY, USA
    Project Title: FamilyConnect: Successfully Raising Children with Visual Impairments Website: https://www.afb.org

    About the Grantee

    The mission of the American Foundation for the Blind is to create a world of no limits for people who are blind or visually impaired. We mobilize leaders, advance understanding, and champion impactful policies and practices using research and data.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To sustain AFB’s FamilyConnect® online information service for American families with children who are blind and visually impaired, strengthen and expand the program’s partnership with the National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments and its parent organization (Lighthouse Guild International), and hire an independent evaluator to assess program services and outreach and recommend needed program improvements

    Amount

    $205,500

    Term

    18 months

    Grant Regions

    USA Multi-State
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    2015
    Education

    Brother James Kearney Scholarship Program

    Multiple Locations
    Project Title: Collegiate Scholarships Website: https://lavellefund.org/scholarship-program-2/

    About the Grantee

    The Brother James Kearney Scholarship Program for the Blind (formerly, the Lavelle Fund College Scholarship Program) aims to help make quality undergraduate and graduate education affordable for U.S. residents who are legally blind, financially needy, and attending any of 12 selected private colleges in New York State, Northeastern New Jersey, and Southwestern Connecticut. The program is currently authorized to admit new students through June 30, 2019.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To provide financial assistance to U.S. residents who are legally blind, financially needed, and studying at any of 12 partnering private colleges and universities located in New York State, Northeastern New Jersey, and Southwestern Connecticut (Phase 3)

    Amount

    $281,949

    Term

    12 months

    Grant Regions

    Entire NY Tri-State Area
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    2015
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    Catholic Charities Community Services

    New York, NY, USA
    Project Title: Catholic Guild for the Blind's Adaptive Living Program Services and Outreach Website: https://catholiccharitiesny.org

    About the Grantee

    Since 1917, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York has been supporting New Yorkers in need by

    • Protecting & Nurturing Children & Youth
    • Feeding the Hungry & Sheltering the Homeless
    • Strengthening Families & Resolving Crises
    • Supporting the Physically & Emotionally Challenged
    • Welcoming & Integrating Immigrants & Refugees

     

    Purpose of the Grant

    To expand the Catholic Guild for the Blind’s outreach and independent living skills training for seniors who are blind and reside in one of three target Lower Hudson Valley counties.

    Amount

    $215,633

    Term

    24 months

    Grant Regions

    Upstate NY
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    2015
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired

    Utica, NY, USA
    Project Title: PRI loan to expand Dwyer Avenue warehouse Website: https://www.cabvi.org

    About the Grantee

    CABVI operates as a not-for-profit agency that serves people who are blind or visually impaired, from newborns to the elderly, offering comprehensive vision rehabilitation, employment and technology services personally tailored to meet an individual’s needs.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To support the expansion of the Dwyer Avenue warehouse

    Amount

    $139,044

    Term

    60 months

    Grant Regions

    Upstate NY
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    2015
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired

    Utica, NY, USA
    Project Title: Warehouse Expansion Financing Website: https://www.cabvi.org

    About the Grantee

    CABVI operates as a not-for-profit agency that serves people who are blind or visually impaired, from newborns to the elderly, offering comprehensive vision rehabilitation, employment and technology services personally tailored to meet an individual’s needs.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To help finance the building of an approximately $1.25 million warehouse extension that will facilitate the employment of more workers who are blind.

    Amount

    $300,000

    Term

    12 months

    Grant Regions

    Upstate NY
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    2015
    Education

    Hadley School for the Blind

    Winnetka, IL, USA
    Project Title: Update of Literary Braille Courses Website: https://www.hadley.edu

    About the Grantee

    The mission of Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired is to create personalized learning opportunities that empower people to thrive – at home, at work and in their communities.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To support the updating of key distance-learning braille courses to comply with the Unified English Braille Code: the new code that, beginning in 2016, will set the standard for all braille writing in the U.S.

    Amount

    $100,000

    Term

    12 months

    Grant Regions

    USA Multi-State
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    2015
    Medical Eye Care

    Helen Keller International

    New York, NY, USA
    Project Title: ChildSight Website: http://hki.org

    About the Grantee

    Founded in 1915, Helen Keller International is dedicated to saving and improving the sight and lives of the world’s vulnerable by combating the causes and consequences of blindness, poor health and malnutrition.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To support Helen Keller International’s ChildSight® Program in (1) continuing to provide free vision screenings and examinations, prescription eyeglasses, and needed referrals to advanced eye care to students in public and parochial middle schools located in low-income neighborhoods of New York City, together with at-risk students in NYC’s alternative high schools, and (2) purchasing new optical equipment to replace old and worn equipment and implementing an electronic data collection system to record all clinical data and drive enhanced service efficiency

    Amount

    $1,500,000

    Term

    48 months

    Grant Regions

    NYC Metro Area
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    2015
    Medical Eye Care

    Helen Keller International

    New York, NY, USA
    Project Title: Enterprise Resource Planning System Website: http://hki.org

    About the Grantee

    Founded in 1915, Helen Keller International is dedicated to saving and improving the sight and lives of the world’s vulnerable by combating the causes and consequences of blindness, poor health and malnutrition.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To help support the purchase and implementation of a comprehensive agency-wide Enterprise Resource Planning management information system (“ERP”).

    Amount

    $250,000

    Term

    12 months

    Grant Regions

    International, South Asia
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    2015
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    Helen Keller Services

    Brooklyn, NY, USA
    Project Title: Outreach Coordinator Website: https://www.helenkeller.org

    About the Grantee

    Since 1893, Helen Keller Services (HKS) has been committed to improving the lives of individuals who are blind, visually impaired or have combined hearing and vision loss.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To underwrite the hiring of an Outreach Coordinator who will identify a combined total of 125 working-age New Yorkers who are blind and underserved and refer them to the agency’s Rehabilitation Department for employment and other rehabilitation services

    Amount

    $320,381

    Term

    48 months

    Grant Regions

    NYC Metro Area
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    2015
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    Helen Keller Services

    Brooklyn, NY, USA
    Project Title: Job Placement Program at the Helen Keller National Center for the Deafblind Website: https://www.helenkeller.org

    About the Grantee

    Since 1893, Helen Keller Services (HKS) has been committed to improving the lives of individuals who are blind, visually impaired or have combined hearing and vision loss.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To provide supervised, paid internships, adaptive job training, and job placement and support services to 9-12 working-age adults who are deafblind

    Amount

    $391,662

    Term

    36 months

    Grant Regions

    USA Multi-State
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    2015
    Medical Eye Care

    International Eye Foundation

    Kensington, MD, USA
    Project Title: Partnership with Rotary and Dr. Shroff's Charity Eye Hospital to Advance Sustainable Eye Care in India Website: https://iefusa.org

    About the Grantee

    IEF’s mission is to eliminate preventable and treatable blindness by increasing affordability and access to quality comprehensive and sustainable eye care services worldwide., changing how eye care is delivered and changing systems at eye hospitals and clinics to provide quality eye care in an efficient, productive, and sustainable manner.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To match, dollar-for-dollar, a Rotary International challenge grant supporting the International Eye Foundation and local partner Dr. Shroff’s Charity Eye Hospital in building quality, sustainable eye care capacity in the suburbs of New Delhi, India

    Amount

    $200,000

    Term

    24 months

    Grant Regions

    International, South Asia
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    2015
    Medical Eye Care

    International Eye Foundation

    Kensington, MD, USA
    Project Title: Launching a New Divino Nino Jesus (DNJ)/Loreto Eye Clinic in Iquitos, Peru Website: https://iefusa.org

    About the Grantee

    IEF’s mission is to eliminate preventable and treatable blindness by increasing affordability and access to quality comprehensive and sustainable eye care services worldwide., changing how eye care is delivered and changing systems at eye hospitals and clinics to provide quality eye care in an efficient, productive, and sustainable manner.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To support the International Eye Foundation (IEF) and its Lima, Peru-based partner, the Clinica Divino Nino Jesus (DNJ), in building, equipping, and operationally launching a DNJ satellite eye clinic in Loreto, Peru

    Amount

    $235,614

    Term

    24 months

    Grant Regions

    International, Latin America & Caribbean
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    2015
    Medical Eye Care

    L.V. Prasad Eye Institute of the Indo-American Eye Care Society

    Rochester, NY, USA
    Project Title: Building Vision Center Capacity in Telangana, India Website: http://www.lvpei.org

    About the Grantee

    Established in 1987, L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) is a comprehensive eye health facility with its main campus located in Hyderabad, India. A World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Prevention of Blindness, the Institute offers comprehensive patient care, sight enhancement and rehabilitation services and high-impact rural eye health programs. It also pursues cutting edge research and offers training in human resources for all levels of ophthalmic personnel.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To build the sustainable capacity of 30 L.V. Prasad Vision Centers in the Indian state of Telangana: (1) to screen the vision of 960,000 children ages 0-16 in the centers’ respective catchment areas and (2) to provide prescription eyeglasses, advanced eye care, and low vision and rehabilitation services to those children as needed

    Amount

    $743,146

    Term

    36 months

    Grant Regions

    International, South Asia
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    2015
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments, Inc.

    New York, NY, USA
    Project Title: New York City Chapter Support Website: http://www.napvi.org

    About the Grantee

    Lighthouse Guild is the leading not-for-profit vision + healthcare organization, with a long-standing heritage of addressing the needs of people who are blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities or chronic medical conditions.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To support the continued operation of the New York City chapter of the National Association of Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (NAPVI) and the building of a sustainable NAPVI-New Jersey chapter at the St. Joseph’s School for the Blind in Jersey City, NJ

    Amount

    $447,090

    Term

    48 months

    Grant Regions

    NYC Metro Area
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    2015
    Medical Eye Care

    Orbis International

    New York, NY, USA
    Project Title: Reducing Blindness in West Bengal, India Website: https://www.orbis.org

    About the Grantee

    Orbis International is an NGO that brings people together to fight avoidable blindness through a network of partners to mentor, train and inspire local teams to fight blindness in their own communities.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To reduce avoidable blindness and vision impairment among children in West Bengal by increasing the availability, accessibility, and sustainability of pediatric eye care services throughout the Susrut Eye Foundation’s eye care system

    Amount

    $543,750

    Term

    48 months

    Grant Regions

    International, South Asia
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    2015
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    Renew International

    Plainfield, NJ, USA
    Project Title: "Be My Witness" Program Support Website: http://www.renewintl.org

    About the Grantee

    RENEW International has over a 30-year record in revitalizing parish life in more than 150 dioceses in the United States, touching the lives of 25 million people through its ministry services. RENEW International has also reached many thousands outside the United States, having served people in 23 countries, across six continents and in 44 languages and dialects.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To support the formatting, proofreading, printing, and promotion of large-print materials for visually impaired participants in a new RENEW faith-formation program entitled, “Be My Witness”

    Amount

    $30,000

    Term

    24 months

    Grant Regions

    USA Multi-State
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    2015
    Medical Eye Care

    The Priory in the USA of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem

    Washington, D.C., USA
    Project Title: Hospital of St. John in Jerusalem Website: http://www.saintjohn.org

    About the Grantee

    The Order of St John is and has always been apolitical, and its work furthers the cause of peace in the Middle East. In a land where ethnic and religious divisions still fester and the situation changes daily, The St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group has made real the ideal of peoples united, not divided, by their faiths. Inspired by Christian ideals, the hospital treats mostly Muslim patients with the help of many Jewish physicians who assist in training.

    For many years the Hospital Group battled trachoma, a disease that once regularly blinded thousands and still reappears occasionally. The Hospital Group has always dealt with traumatic injuries to the eyes, whether as the result of industrial or domestic accidents or violence. It also treats inherited diseases, such as the congenital cataracts common in the Palestinian community, as well as all other diseases of the eye, from amblyopia to glaucoma.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To purchase the phaco-emulsification machine needed to open a second operating theater at St. John’s new eye clinic in the Gaza Strip, thereby facilitating the delivery of 400 additional cataract surgeries per annum (starting in 2015-16)

    Amount

    $120,000

    Term

    12 months

    Grant Regions

    International, Outside South Asia
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    2015
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    UNRWA USA

    Washington, D.C., USA
    Project Title: Special Children, Special Needs (SCSN) Project Website: https://www.unrwa.org

    About the Grantee

    The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from UN Member States. UNRWA also receives some funding from the Regular Budget of the United Nations, which is used mostly for international staffing costs.

    The Agency’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance and emergency assistance, including in times of armed conflict.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To ensure that approximately 7,000 refugee children will be provided with glasses annually

    Amount

    $100,003

    Term

    12 months

    Grant Regions

    International, Outside South Asia
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    2015
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired

    New York, NY, USA
    Project Title: Health Aging Program for Blind and Visually Impaired Seniors Website: https://www.visionsvcb.org

    About the Grantee

    Started by six women in 1926 and pioneered racially integrated programs in the early 1920’s,VISIONS is a 501c3 nonprofit rehabilitation and social service agency celebrating over 90 years of service, assisting people of all ages who are blind or visually impaired to lead independent and active lives in their homes and communities, and educating the public to understand the capabilities and needs of people who are blind or visually impaired so that they may be integrated into all aspects of community life.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To underwrite the launch of a sustainable healthy aging program for blind and visually impaired seniors participating in VISIONS’s Center on Aging

    Amount

    $180,000

    Term

    24 months

    Grant Regions

    NYC Metro Area
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    2014
    Medical Eye Care

    Aravind Eye Foundation

    New York, NY, USA
    Project Title: Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology (LAICO): Building Sustainable Eye Care Capacity in South Asia Website: http://www.aravindeyefoundation.org

    About the Grantee

    The Aravind Eye Foundation, formerly the Friends of Aravind, was founded in 2000 to support the Aravind Eye Care System in its mission to eliminate needless blindness and spread Aravind’s sustainable model of high-quality, patient-centric healthcare throughout the world.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To support the Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology (LAICO) in helping 25 eye hospitals on the Indian sub-continent sharply increase the volume, affordability, quality, and sustainability of their surgical and other eye care services.

    Amount

    $975,328

    Term

    48 months

    Grant Regions

    International, South Asia
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    2014
    Education

    Brother James Kearney Scholarship Program

    Multiple Locations
    Project Title: Collegiate Scholarships Website: https://lavellefund.org/scholarship-program-2/

    About the Grantee

    The Brother James Kearney Scholarship Program for the Blind (formerly, the Lavelle Fund College Scholarship Program) aims to help make quality undergraduate and graduate education affordable for U.S. residents who are legally blind, financially needy, and attending any of 12 selected private colleges in New York State, Northeastern New Jersey, and Southwestern Connecticut. The program is currently authorized to admit new students through June 30, 2019.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To provide financial assistance to U.S. residents who are legally blind, financially needed, and studying at any of 12 partnering private colleges and universities located in New York State, Northeastern New Jersey, and Southwestern Connecticut (Phase 3)

    Amount

    $245,860

    Term

    12 months

    Grant Regions

    Entire NY Tri-State Area
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    2014
    Medical Eye Care

    CancerCare, Inc.

    New York, NY, USA
    Project Title: Financial Assistance and Support Program for People with Ocular Cancers (and Other Cancers Affecting Vision) Website: https://www.cancercare.org

    About the Grantee

    CancerCare® is the leading national organization dedicated to providing free, professional support services including counseling, support groups, educational workshops, publications and financial assistance to anyone affected by cancer. All CancerCare services are provided by oncology social workers and world-leading cancer experts.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To underwrite financial assistance and counseling services to 200 financially needy Tri-State New York Area residents with ocular cancer or other vision-affecting cancers

    Amount

    $360,000

    Term

    36 months

    Grant Regions

    NYC Metro Area
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    2014
    Medical Eye Care

    CancerCare, Inc.

    New York, NY, USA
    Project Title: Evaluation of Financial Assistance and Support Program for People with Ocular Cancers (and Other Cancers Affecting Vision) Website: https://www.cancercare.org

    About the Grantee

    CancerCare® is the leading national organization dedicated to providing free, professional support services including counseling, support groups, educational workshops, publications and financial assistance to anyone affected by cancer. All CancerCare services are provided by oncology social workers and world-leading cancer experts.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To underwrite a third-party evaluation of CancerCare’s Lavelle-supported financial assistance program for financially needy Tri-State New York residents with ocular cancers or other vision-affecting cancers

    Amount

    $54,000

    Term

    12 months

    Grant Regions

    NYC Metro Area
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    2014
    Vision Rehabilitation & Resources

    City Access New York, Inc.

    Staten Island, NY, USA
    Project Title: Vocational Education and Experience for New York City Youth who are Blind Website: http://www.cityaccessny.org

    About the Grantee

    City Access New York promotes lifelong access to educational, vocational and cultural programs for New Yorkers of all abilities. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that identifies barriers to participation, in schools and in the community, and adapts the content and delivery of programs to the diverse needs of people with disabilities.

    Purpose of the Grant

    To underwrite vocational education, career exploration, orientation and mobility training for New York City secondary school and college students who are blind or visually impaired through participation in paid internships at local museums and cultural institutions

    Amount

    $180,000

    Term

    36 months

    Grant Regions

    NYC Metro Area
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