How many grants are there?
Three grants will be awarded. Each grant is $10,000.
Who is eligible for a Flight for Sight grant?
If you are traveling alone, you must be blind or legally blind and least 18 by the time of your proposed travel dates (no sooner than May 1, 2024). You must be a fluent english communicator, spoken or sign language. If you are part of a team that is applying at least one person on your team must be blind or legally blind, 18 years of age, and an english communicator. They can be the same or separate people.
What defines legally blind?
Legally blind is defined as a visual acuity (central vision) of 20/200 or worse in the best seeing eye or a visual field (peripheral vision) that is limited to only 20 degrees. You will be required to submit medical documentation proving you are blind or legally blind. Do you have a condition that is not recognized as legally blind but you believe it should be? Let’s hear it!
What is the deadline for the application?
Application and deadline of the second round of grants is February 15, 2024 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
What is the timeline for the trip?
You trip and content must be completed between May 1, 2024 – December 1, 2024
Can I submit more than one idea?
Yes, go for it! Let’s hear them! Submit a separate application for each idea.
What is on the application?
The application consists of questions about your idea and asks for specific examples of content you have created that is similar to the idea you are pitching.
What does a winning application look like?
A winning application will state a clear idea with a clear objective. Your content examples will show you have the ability to create the content you propose.
Check out our Ideas page to inspire you.
Where am I required to post the content I make?
Content created using the grant will be posted exclusively on Flight for Sight’s social media platforms, website, and other areas. Content can also be posted through collaboration tools such as “Instagram Collabs”. Please note: you do not need to be a digital technology expert. We can post finished content for you.
I have a strong following and brand. Can I create content for my followers on the trip?
Propose to us how you would balance creating content for Flight for Sight and for your brand. “Instagram Collabs” is a great tool for this.
How do I receive the $10,000 grant?
The $10,000 is money we hold and use to pay for your trip costs. We will be deducting the cost of all the things you need along the way. Transportation, lodging, food, training, equipment, etc. The entire cost will be spent on elements of your trip. How the money is spent will very much be a collaborative effort. You can propose how you want to spend the money. Get creative! If selected for the semifinal round you will be required to send a spreadsheet of proposed costs. We will work hard to help you find ways to save money, travel more, and create great content!
Will I get to keep items purchased for the trip?
Yup, so long as they are part of the $10,000 budget.
If I need a travel assistant, video person, or a guide dog to go with me, does that count toward the $10,000 budget?
Yes. Explain how you will use them to your advantage. Human helpers could film you, take pictures, help with social media, etc. If you have a guide dog, they could be great content to teach people about their value to you and others. If you are bringing someone who is filming you, please tell us about their experience creating content too. Who will edit videos? You can hire people to edit videos using your grant.
I have a great idea, but I need an assistant that I do not currently have. Should I submit an application?
Absolutely! We might be able to find someone to go with you. Let us know what skills the assistant would need to help execute your idea!
What is not covered by Flight for Sight?
We do not pay for passports, Visas, personal health insurance, and other health related costs such as equipment you may need.
What support does Flight for Sight provide?
On top of the $10,000 budget, we will take care of all logistics and reservations, and help connect you with people along the way. We will help with any problems that arise. We want you to focus on doing fun things and creating great educational content, not annoying travel logistics. We want you to feel like a rock star when you travel!
Can I raise more money for my trip?
Yes, but it is not required.
What happens after I submit the application online?
We will select our favorite applications to advance to the semifinal round. Details are forthcoming.
I still have a question or suggestion.
Please reach out to us! We want to help you as much as possible and learn how we can improve. No question or concern is too small or big to bring to our attention. Email email@example.com or call/text him at (608) 609-8919! Leave a voicemail if you call.