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Masonic Charitable Foundation

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.

How We Support The Wider Community

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:

  • Creating the best start in life for disadvantaged children and young people
  • Reducing isolation in later life
  • Medical research into degenerative disease
  • Care services in the hospice sector

Early Years Opportunities programme

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.

Community Support grants

Comprehensive information about the grants process is available on the foundation site at FAQ’s. The following gives an overview.

Large Grant:

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.

Small Grant:

For the small grant programme, grants can be up to £15,000 over 3 years.

The upcoming deadlines are as follows:

 Application Deadline
Outcome Notification
26th October 2018 March 2019
25th January 2019 May 2019
31st May 2019 October 2019
27th September 2019 February 2020

Please note: Basingstoke Voluntary Action work closely with the local community to raise awareness of grants and also assist with advice and guidance on applications etc. If you apply for this or any other grant, please let us know via email to enable us to understand what is being applied for. Also, if you are in fact successful in receipt of any grant please let us know to enable reporting of such funding locally.


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