Posted: 22nd June 2020

Emily – Charity Grants Manager

Emily is one of the MCF’s charity grants managers, managing a group within the Charity Grants team who consider applications from other organisations which apply for to the MCF for support. Emily ran us through a day in her life now she’s working from home, and described how the team is adapting to new changes.

I wake up…

…at about 7:15. The first thing I do is make myself a cup of Earl Grey, then I check my emails while I’m drinking it. Once that’s done, I take over the living room and join in with Joe Wicks’ PE – what a workout! Then, I have a quick shower and get ready for a day of work.

 I am currently working…

…in my new house! My husband and I just moved in, so there are still a few boxes to unpack. I work upstairs in the study, where my cat, Tony often comes to keep me company.

I start my day…

…checking in with the team. We have a WhatsApp group which we use every day, and twice a week we have a whole-team videoconference to make sure we know what each other are up to.

I’m making lots of calls to…

…other charities. Naturally, there are many questions during such an uncertain time, and those we support and who have applied for grants from us are having to adapt their services in line with new regulations and circumstances. About half my day is taken up with calling and emailing charities now.

I’m working on…

…putting together the resources needed for the next Charity Grants committee meeting, which is happening remotely, of course. Our main grant programmes have been paused for new applications for the time being but grants already agreed will still be going ahead as planned. The MCF is also working closely with UGLE to ensure that Freemasonry’s response to the Covid-19 crisis is well-targeted and effective.

Because of social distancing…

…a lot of the charities we support or who have put in applications have now had to alter the services they provide or change their projects. We’re being flexible and are committed to supporting other organisations through this crisis so they can continue to make a positive impact and be able to focus on supporting those most vulnerable in society. In fact, we’ve signed the Covid-19 Joint Funders Statement, which shows that we recognise the difficulties that many charities will face in the coming months and that we will reflect that understanding by being flexible in our funding.

 After work…

…I go for a walk around my village, being careful to keep at least two metres away from everyone else, of course! I also enjoy cooking, so have been spending a lot of time making new things like beetroot hummus after work.