Age Range

  • Grants can be offered to charities for projects that support disadvantaged and vulnerable children up to the age of 25 years

Key Areas of Focus

Grants can be offered to charities for projects that provide:

  • Mental and physical health support
  • Learning and development, including language and communication skills, social and emotional etc.
  • Parental Support, including whole family approach
  • Pastoral and advocacy support

Example Initiatives

Grants can be offered to charities for projects that provide activities such as:

  • Additional educational opportunities such as improving literacy and numeracy
  • Individual interventions, i.e. parent education, home visiting or mentoring
  • Encouraging healthy behaviours with regards to diet, activity and wellbeing
  • Psychological interventions for domestic abuse and behavioural issues etc.
  • Provision of vital adaptive technologies and equipment removing barriers
  • Alternative methods or specialist therapies to help children and young people integrate into the mainstream education system

Examples of Desired Outcomes

Short Term

  • Children and young people receiving continuous support and interventions
  • High quality provision of well-qualified and well-trained staff dealing with children and young people
  • Existing services better supporting the physical, psychological and emotional needs of children and young people
  • More children and young people engaged in sports and social clubs in society
  • Age appropriate skills developed by the time children get to school or young people enter their first jobs
  • Children and young people living in a healthy and stable environment
  • Greater knowledge of options and rights for parents
  • Greater awareness of the subject within the Masonic community

Long Term

  • Improved health and wellbeing for children and young people
  • Children and young people given the choice and opportunities they need to live a fulfilling life
  • Equal opportunities for all children and young people regardless of ability or background
  • Children and young people having the best start in life no matter what their circumstances
  • Stable and healthy and supported family networks
  • MCF’s profile raised within the Masonic community, public and third sector


  • Applicants can only apply for one grant programme at any time
  • If your project ‘saddles’ both themes, then please choose the one that the primary beneficiary group fits in

Purpose of a Large Grant

  • These grants are for larger charities whose annual income exceeds £500,000
  • Large grants are for projects and can be used for salary costs, activities, materials etc. 

Grant Size

  • Large grants start from £10,000 and on average our grants are between £20,000 – £60,000 in total
  • All grants can be over 1,2 or 3 years
  • Grant amounts should not exceed 15% of the total income of the applicant charity

Eligibility Requirements

  • Grants are only made to charities whose beneficiaries are in England and Wales
  • Charities must be registered with the Charity Commission or relevant Central registry of the respective Guernsey, Jersey or Isle
    of Man’s government.
  • Grants are usually given to charities which have an income of more than £500,000
  • Charities must have at least one year of published accounts on the Charity Commission for the registered charity number they are
    applying to the MCF under

What the MCF will not consider grants for

  • Arts and heritage projects*
  • Environmental projects
  • Animal welfare
  • Statutory obligations
  • Routine delivery of the National Curriculum in schools
  • The sole aim of promoting civil liberties and human rights
  • Contributions towards new build and/or large scale capital projects, e.g. building a new hospice wing
  • Capital repairs and/or maintenance of existing buildings
  • Hospital equipment, such as MRI scanners
  • The support or promotion of any and all religious doctrine
  • Contributions to general appeals
  • Retrospective funding

*Arts and Heritage projects will only be considered if the project benefits beneficiaries from our priority target groups.

Charities the MCF will not consider applications from

  • Current active grant holders
  • Umbrella organisations coordinating fundraising on behalf of others
  • Social Enterprises or Community Interest Companies
  • Community interest groups
  • Organisations that are not registered charities
  • Projects or organisations working solely outside of England and/or Wales, the Channel Islands or Isle of Man
  • Schools (for routine delivery activities to non-priority groups)
  • Nurseries (for routine delivery activities to non-priority groups)
  • Hospitals (for routine delivery activities to non-priority groups)
  • Churches
  • Individuals
  • Those who have had a small grant or second stage large grant application declined within the last 12 months
  • Those whose previous grant from the MCF ended less than 2 years ago (this includes the MCF Tercentenary Community Awards)
  • Third parties seeking funding. MCF does not support organisations coordinating funds on behalf of others

Further information

For more information about our eligibility criteria, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.