The Primary Club, a registered charity and membership organisation that provides financial support for a wide range of recreational and sporting facilities for the blind and visually impaired (VI), has launched a new funding initiative.

The Primary Club is the major supporter of the thriving network of VI cricket clubs in the UK. But, while its origins and heart are in cricket, the Club also supports VI futsal, goalball, golf, skiing, swimming, tandem cycling and Braille chess.

The James Fund, which has been made possible by a significant legacy from the late Kenneth G James, will provide grants of up to £25,000 for new projects that meet the following criteria:

  • They must relate clearly to the sporting and/or recreational needs of the blind and partially sighted.
  • They must be “grass roots” or “start up” activities, rather than supporting international teams of visually impaired sportsmen and women.
  • They must fund the whole of the cost of the project, rather than being one of a number of contributors.
  • They must support running costs or the purchase of equipment, rather than items which will significantly increase the recipient’s long-term asset base.

In addition to these criteria, the Trustees of the Primary Club are keen to support projects that are either innovative (in the sense of enabling support to be provided in new ways, or to a wider community) and/or collaborative (for example enabling schools and other organisations to deliver support together which they could not achieve alone).

The James Fund is open to applications from any organisation or individual that meets the eligibility criteria. A total of £75,000 is available through the Fund.

The closing date for applications is 31st October 2023. For more information on how to apply, please visit the Primary Club website (link below)