The Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) is one of the largest grant-making charities in the country and is funded entirely by Freemasons and their families. In addition to providing a wide range of grants to Freemasons and their families, the Foundation also awards millions of pounds each year to local and national charities that help thousands of disadvantaged and vulnerable people to live happy, fulfilling lives and participate actively in society.
Based on conducted surveys which indicate which areas Freemason care most about, the MCF has set out new target areas for its grant-making programme over the next five years:
- 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.
The current grant-making programme is currently accepting applications from registered charities for the following:
- Early Years Opportunities Grants Programme to support disadvantaged and vulnerable children and young people (up the age of 25 years) to overcome the barriers they face in order to achieve the best possible start in life.
- Later Life Inclusion Grants Programme to support disadvantaged and vulnerable older people over 50 years of age so that they can overcome barriers to actively participate in society in their later years.
Charities can apply for two funding levels:
- Large grants starting from £10,000 are available to charities with an annual income exceeding £500,000. The average large grant will range from £20,000 to £80,000. Occasionally, large grants of up to £200,000 are made for outstanding projects. Large grants are for projects and can be used for salary costs, activities, materials, etc.
- Small grants of between £500 and £15,000 are available to charities with an income of under £500,000. Small grants are for general running and/or overhead costs of the charity – core funding.
All grants can be over one, two, or three years.
There are two different deadlines:
- 5 October 2018 for large grants applications (first stage).
- 26 October 2018 for small grants applications.
Further information can be found on the Foundation’s website