Scholarships & Grants

MAER Mini-Grant and Application Process

The MAER Mini-Grant will not exceed $2000.00 per year and is disseminated at the discretion of the MAER Board of Directors. Grants will be awarded to eligible applicants. The MAER Board reserves the right to retract the grant if set requirements are not met by the applicant or yearly funding is not available.


  • Applicants must be a current MAER member
  • Monies can be used for
    • Fees for Enrichment Workshops/Learning Opportunities
    • Conference Registration (with the exception of the MAER conference)
    • Materials to enhance program or event for students/clients who are blind/visually impaired
  • Applicants may only apply once for mini grant per calendar year
  • Request Limited to $400
  • Upon approval, the applicant agrees to share information regarding event through one of the following
    • Submit a newsletter article within 1 month of completion
    • Present at the MAER conference
    • Share experience at Issues in VI, OM or VRT session at MAER conference

Application Process:

  • Submit a letter of interest to
  • Put Mini-Grant in the subject line of your request
  • Include all contact info
  • Attach a conference or event flyer (if applicable)
  • Include detailed description of materials requested with a link to the website (if applicable)
  • State the way in which you will share your information (newsletter article, presentation or session sharing)
  • You will receive a confirmation email stating receipt of request. You will also be given the date your application will be reviewed. Applications are reviewed in January, April, June and September. 
  • Funding decisions are made by your elected MAER Board of Directors and must be approved with 2/3rds majority vote.