Wednesday, 18 April 2012 13:05
By Suzanne Bearne, Third Sector Online, 16 April 2012
Tracy O'Brien, the foundation's chair, says it hopes the funding helps more special needs organisations
The Cable&Wireless Worldwide Foundation is inviting organisations that work with people who have special needs to apply for grants of up to £10,000.
The foundation said charities must fulfil two sets of criteria: to be an organisation or individual that supports people with special needs and to use the funds to help improve communications, such as websites.
Last year the company offered funding worth about £300,000. A spokeswoman for the foundation said she was unable to confirm how much was available this year.
The foundation provided funds last year to help organisations including Communication for Blind and Disabled People, which created smartphone apps to help blind people to travel safely outside their homes.
Tracy O’Brien, chair of the foundation, said: "We hope to use our expertise and funding to help many more organisations make a real difference to the people they support."
Charities interested in applying for funds should visit its site. The deadline for applications is 25 June.
Successful charities will be announced from 27 July.