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 MCF only funds charities that are registered with the Charity Commission. We do not accept applications from Social Enterprises, Community Interest Companies (CIC) or Community Interest Groups (CIG).
The Foundation web site is at Masonic Charitable Foundation.
We have conducted surveys which informed us of the areas about which Freemasons care most passionately. Our grant-making programmes for charities target funding where it is most needed within specific areas. Our current target areas are:
Our Early Years Opportunities programme is open to charities that help disadvantaged children and young people overcome the barriers they face to achieve the best possible start in life.
Over the next five years, we will be supporting charities that help disadvantaged children and young people overcome the barriers they face to achieve the best possible start in life.
These grants will help to create opportunities and a more positive future for thousands of disadvantaged young people through mental and physical health support, parenting programmes, pastoral care and learning and development opportunities.
We are committed to helping vulnerable children and young people have healthy and happy lives and the best possible opportunities regardless of their ability, background or family circumstances.
Eligibility Guidelines for the programme are available here.
Comprehensive information about the grants process is available on the foundation site at FAQ’s. The following gives an overview.
For the large grant programme, grants are available between £10,000 – £150,000. However the average grants generally range £20,000 – £80,000.
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.
Large Grant application deadlines are:
|First stage application deadline||Second stage application deadline||Outcome notification|
|5th October 2018||26th October 2018||March 2019|
|4th January 2019||25th January 2019||May 2019|
|10th May 2019||31st May 2019||October 2019|
|6th September 2019||27th September 2019||February 2020|
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.
For the small grant programme, grants can be up to £15,000 over 3 years.
The upcoming deadlines are as follows:
| Application Deadline
|26th October 2018||March 2019|
|25th January 2019||May 2019|
|31st May 2019||October 2019|
|27th September 2019||February 2020|