Thanks to a grant from the SCKCB, Teresa Escue can now enjoy some quality time with her grand daughter
reading a book. Using the Oracam MyEye, Teresa can now read the print well enough to enjoy these moments
with here family. The MyEye can be seen attached to Teresa's glasses on the left side of the picture. This
nifty piece of technology contains a small camera and optical character recognition software which translates
the printed word into spoken words.
We hope that Teresa gets many years of enjoyment out of her new MyEye!
Grant Policies and Guidelines.
Revised March 13, 2013.
Note: The following are meant to be guidelines, not inflexible laws or
Grant Oversight Committee has authority to make exceptions when deemed
necessary and/or appropriate. Further, the decisions of the
Grant Committee are final. Grant funding is limited to the amount in
Grant Fund. Once the fund is exhausted, no more grants will be
approved until additional monies are allocated to the grant fund. The
committee may partially fund some grants in order to be able to serve
the most people. Approved funding may be refused by the applicant,
for whatever reason, if the applicant wishes to do so.
The Following Policies Are Applicable:
members who are blind or low-vision or a parent or
guardian of such an individual who have been members in good
standing for 9 months are eligible for an
Matching Grant. The grant can be up to 75% of the total purchase
price for a qualified assistive service or product (see point #6
below). All recipients must be citizens of the United States and
reside in one of the counties comprising the Barron River Area
Development District (see list of qualified countie at
the bottom of this document).
Blind or low-vision individuals who are not members of the
or who, otherwise, do not qualify for a grant under the provisions
in point #1 above, may still apply for a
Matching Grant, up to a maximum of 50%, providing they are a
citizen of the United States and a legal resident in one of the
counties comprising the Barron River Area Development District
(see list at the bottom of this document).
Only one grant per family or household may be applied for at a
Unless waived by the
Grant Oversight Committee, no family or household shall receive a
grant in two consecutive years.
Grant applications may be submitted to the Grant Oversight
Committee at any time with the understanding that it may take the
committee up to 30-days to make its final decision regarding the
acceptance of any given application.
All grants must be specifically for the acquisition of some type
of accessible or blind-orientated product or service or a device
that will make a blind person's life better as a blind person, as
defined by the
All Individuals benefiting from a
Grant must be legally blind.
There will be no "income test" to be considered eligible or to
Grant Oversight Committee shall be comprised of two
members in good standing and one external, or non-member, from the
Greater Bowling Green community. If there is any kind of conflict
of interest issue regarding any member of the Grant Committee and
his/her ability to objectively evaluate any given grant
application, that committee member shall recuse him/herself from
the evaluation process and an alternate member shall be appointed
by the SCKCB
president in his/her place.
Members of the
Grant Oversight Committee may apply for an
Grant; in which case, he/she shall recuse him/herself from the
deliberations of the committee and an alternate committee member
shall be appointed by the
President to serve in this particular situation.
All members of the
shall be appointed by the
President with the advice and consent of the
Executive Committee. The
president shall be the chair of the Grant Committee and be allowed
Grants shall be "matching" grants. That is,
Grants shall not exceed 75% or 50% of the total acquisition cost
for the product or service to be purchased by the recipient of the
grant, whichever applies, subject to points #1 and #2 above. The
remaining percentage not covered by the
Grant must be obtained from another source, e.g. personal funds,
loans, another grant, or some combination of such sources.
Before any grant funds are actually dispersed by the
to the seller, the grantee must either:
Provide the seller with his/her portion of the matching
funds and the seller must confirm receipt of such funds to
The grantee must provide his/her portion of the matching
funds to the
at which time the
will disperse funds for the entire amount to the seller.
After the acquisition of the product or service, proof or evidence
of the purchase must be presented to the
Grant Oversight Committee for its records.
All recipients of
Grants are required to actually demonstrate the purchased item
to a meeting of the
membership or describe the device or service, including how well
it works, its usefulness to a blind person, whether he/she would
recommend it to other blind or low-vision people, etc., to a
meeting of the