The trustees welcome letters of application for grants from visually impaired or blind persons living in East Fife or who come to East Fife for training and rehabilitation. "East Fife" includes the former "North East Fife" district plus Levenmouth, Balgonie and the Wemysses (but not Glenrothes/Markinch)
The grants are intended to benefit partially sighted or blind persons so as to ameliorate their quality of life
However, each application is considered in the light of circumstances at the time. Policy on grants is kept under review.
The following information should, where appropriate, be contained in any application
Name, address and date of birth, how long partially sighted or blind, other relevant personal and financial circumstances.
It is helpful, for transcription for visually impaired trustees, if applications can be sent electronically in text form to firstname.lastname@example.org but it is appreciated that quotations, estimates, reports etc may only be available in hard copy.
Mail should be addressed to the Secretaries, Lady Margaret Skiffington Trust, 149 Market Street, St Andrews KY16 9PF, who will be pleased to provide further information on request.
Arrangements after grant approval
Ordering of goods and services is a matter for the applicant or the applicant’s representative.
Payment of grants
Arrangements depend upon the circumstances of the applicant and any representative they might have, and the goods, service or work being funded. The default arrangements, however, are as follows.
Items already received and paid for - the Trust will pay the agreed figure to the applicant or the applicant's representative on receipt of (a) a receipted invoice, credit card voucher or other such evidence of the expenditure and (b) confirmation that there are no issues with the supplier which might justify a delay in payment
Items received but not yet paid for - the Trust should be sent (a) a receipted invoice, credit card voucher or other such evidence of the expenditure unless the Trust's Secretaries consider that this requirement can be waived in the circumstances and (b) confirmation that there are no outstanding issues with the supplier which might justify a delay in payment. Where the grant covers the whole amount due to a supplier, the Trust will then pay the supplier. Where the Trust is only contributing part of the cost of an item, the Trust will pay the applicant or the applicant's representative
Payment required before delivery
2.3.1. Where it is necessary wholly or partly to pay for goods, services or work before they are supplied, the Trust should be sent (a) the appropriate invoice, estimate or quotation and (b) if not in the paperwork, evidence of the requirement to pay before supply.
2.3.2. Where the grant covers the whole amount due to a supplier, the Trust will then pay the supplier.
2.3.3. Where the Trust is only contributing part of the cost of an item, the Trust will pay the applicant or the applicant's representative
2.3.4. If there is later found to be an unresolved problem in relation to an item paid for in advance, the Trust should be informed
Return of goods
Applicants and their representatives or carers are requested to send any aids or equipment to the Fife Society for the Blind when no longer required.