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Masonic Charitable Foundation

The Masonic Charitable Foundation is a major new charity, launched in April 2016

The Foundation has taken over the work of the four central Masonic Charities, providing a wide range of grants to Freemasons and their families who have a financial, health and care or family need.

The Foundation awards grants to other charities, medical research studies and disaster relief appeals.

Funded entirely through the generous donations of the Masonic community, the Foundation has an annual charitable expenditure which places it amongst the largest charities in the country.

The Foundation is financially strong, well-resourced and able to respond more effectively to the changing needs of Masonic families and other charitable organisations.

The Foundation web site is at http://mcf.org.uk/


Community Support grants

(More details at http://mcf.org.uk/community/ )

Large and Small Community Support Grant applications are considered at meetings held in January, April, July and October.

Large Grant:

Over £5,000 can be awarded to charities for a specific purpose only. Reasons to apply for a Large Grant can include funding salary costs, specific project costs and refurbishment costs. New build or large scale capital development projects cannot be considered. Funding may be granted for up to three years, where there is evidence of an on-going need for funding.

You can start an application for a Large Grant by completing the Community Support Large Grant Enquiry Form

A Large Grant Enquiry Form must be submitted prior to completing a formal application for a Large Grant.  The Enquiry Form must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the Large Grant Application deadline.

The application deadlines for Large Grant Enquiry Forms and Large Grant Application Forms are:

Enquiry Form

Application Form

Consideration Meeting

Final Approval  Outcome

13th April 2017

28th April 2017

July 2017

August 2017

14th July 2017

28th July 2017

October 2017

November 2017

13th October 2017

27th October 2017

January 2018

February 2018

Please note that only one enquiry form can be submitted by a charity, for a single project. If the application is unsuccessful, subsequent enquiry forms may then be completed.

Small Grant:

Between £500 – £5,000 can be awarded to smaller charities with an annual income that does not exceed approximately £500,000. Small Grants can be used for core expenditure such as general running or overhead costs of the charity.

The application deadlines for Small Grants are on a rolling programme and applications can be submitted on, or by, the third Friday of each month.  Applications are then considered at monthly meetings.

The upcoming deadlines for Small Grant Application Form and meetings are as follows:

 Application Form

Consideration Meeting

Final Approval Outcome

17th March 2017

May 2017

June 2017

21st April 2017

June 2017

July 2017

You can apply for a Small Grant by completing our Small Grant Application Form


We award grants to registered charities that provide support in a number of areas:

Financial hardship

For charities that relieve household or individual poverty by preventing or alleviating financial hardship and its effects. Our grants support services such as:

  • debt counselling and advice
  • improving financial capability of adults and young people
  • assistance for those unable to afford basic living costs

Health and disability

For charities that improve the lives of those affected by poor physical and/or mental health and wellbeing including the impact of caring, life-limiting and long-term illness, and learning disabilities. Our grants support services such as:

  • the development and provision of equipment to assist those with a disability
  • access to specialist advice, support or therapies
  • supporting care needs, including respite care

Education and employability

For charities providing educational and employment opportunities, training and other activities that enable disadvantaged children and young people to develop the skills they need to progress in life. Our grants support services such as:

  • apprenticeships or bursaries
  • the use of sport or other models to enable learning and development
  • learning opportunities for disabled children and young people

Social exclusion and disadvantage

For charities that relieve isolation or loneliness by removing the barriers to an active and fulfilling life. Our grants support services such as:

  • Mentoring and befriending schemes
  • Social activities encouraging inclusion
  • Education and training programmes for ex-service personnel