How we support the wider community
To ensure we can help charities in the most effective way during the Covid-19 pandemic we are pausing our current programmes. We will not be accepting any new applications with immediate effect.
If you have submitted an application for the current grant round it will be considered.
This crisis is having a profound impact on society. Freemasonry and the MCF want to be able to support the charitable sector through it. We will be making an announcement shortly about our plans.
If you are a current grant holder we will continue to support your project and help you as much as possible during the next few months. We want you to be able to focus on supporting those most vulnerable in society.
Our approach is set out on the Covid-19 Joint Funders Statement which we have signed, committing us to:
- Adapting activities – we recognise that you may experience difficulties achieving some of the outputs or outcomes we agreed for your grant during the outbreak, and would like to be able to maintain our grant payments to you at originally-agreed levels during this period, so please have a conversation with us if you are affected in this way;
- Discussing dates – we don’t want to add pressure, so if you think you will struggle to meet a reporting deadline please get in touch with us so that we can agree a more realistic time for you to get things to us wherever possible;
- Financial flexibility – we know you may need to use your funding to help cover sickness, purchase equipment, or deliver services differently, and we will be reasonable if you need to move money between budget headings to ensure your work can continue; and
- Listening to you – we are here if you want to talk to us about the situation you’re facing, but we’ll wait for you to call us so that these conversations are at the right time for you.
We are tackling some of society’s most important issues through our grants to local and national charities and partnerships with leading organisations in the sector.
With grants totalling over £5 million each year, we help thousands of disadvantaged and vulnerable people to live happy, fulfilling lives and participate actively in society.
Over the last forty years, we have provided over £130 million to charities. The MCF’s work is funded solely through the generous donations of Freemasons under the United Grand Lodge of England, their families and friends.
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 these 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
The target areas are reviewed regularly to ensure our grants are making the greatest possible impact.
Which charities have we supported near you?
Use the interactive map to see how we are supporting charities in your community. Please click the 'expand' button at the top right corner to open a larger map and view the key.
Small Grant applications can be submitted during the time periods as listed below. Please note that we may have to limit the number of applicants in a particular round due to high demand. Applications are reviewed on a first come first serve basis, therefore we advise that you submit your Small Grant application form as soon as possible during the time frame. Applications received towards the end of the application window may be deferred until a later funding round if the current one is over-subscribed.
|Application deadline||Outcome notification|
|17 June – 27 September 2019 (4pm)||February 2020|
|14 October 2019 – 3 January 2020 (4pm)||June 2020|
|3 February 2020 – 17 April 2020 (4pm)||November 2020|
|8 June 2020 – 14 August 2020 (4pm)||March 2021|
First stage applications can be submitted during a set time period, as listed below. Please note that we may have to limit the number of applicants that are invited to complete a Large Grant second stage application form due to the demand. Applications are reviewed on a first come first serve basis. Therefore, we advise that you submit your Large Grant first stage application form as soon as possible during the time frame. Applications received towards the end of the application window may be deferred until a later funding round if the current one is over-subscribed.
|First stage application accepted||Second stage application deadline||Outcome notification|
|13 May – 19 August 2019 (5pm)||27 September 2019 (4pm)||February 2020|
|16 September – 4 November 2019 (5pm)||3 January 2020 (4pm)||June 2020|
|2 December 2019 – 17 February 2020 (5pm)||17 April 2020 (4pm)||November 2020|
|30 March 2020 – 15 June 2020 (5pm)||14 August 2020 (4pm)||March 2021|
If you are a Freemason who is interested in referring a charity for a grant, please do not hesitate to share this page with the organisation or give them our contact details so we can advise them on how to apply.