Community Support Grants

Which charities can apply?

The grants listed below are only available to charities that are registered with the Charity Commission.

The charity and/or project must also be located in England and/or Wales.

Charities which deliver community support or research can apply for either a Large Grant (over £5,000) or a Small Grant (under £5,000).

  • The MCF encourages charities that have an annual income under £500,000 to apply for a Small Grant of £5,000 or less. They will, however, consider requests for grants of over £5,000 if the charity can demonstrate it will be used for an innovative project or service.
  • Charities with an income of over £500,000 can apply for a Large Grant or Small Grant.
    Further details about eligibility can be found at Community Support Grant Guidelines.

Charities which have received or applied for a grant from The Freemasons’ Grand Charity, Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys and the Masonic Samaritan fund cannot apply at the current time.

Large Grant

Over £5,000 can be awarded to charities for a specific purpose only. 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.

You can start an application for a Large Grant by completing the Community Support Large Grant Enquiry Form.

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

Between £500 – £5,000 can be awarded to smaller charities with an annual income that does not exceed approximately £500,000. Small Grants can be used for core expenditure such as general running or overhead costs of the charity.

You can apply for a Small Grant by completing the Small Grant Application Form.

Medical and Social Research grants

Medical and Social Research grants fund basic, clinical and epidemiological research projects that aim to improve the knowledge, treatment and services for illnesses and disabilities.

Grants of up to three years can be provided to fund the salary of a researcher, such as a PhD student, or to purchase consumable products necessary for the research to take place.

In recent years, over £10 million has been provided to fund research into treatments for conditions such as cancer, degenerative diseases and cardiovascular problems.

Research grant conditions

  • Grants are only made to charities that are members of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC).
  • The institution carrying out the research project must be located in England or Wales
    Grants are not made to fund items of equipment, unless they form part of a larger research project.

To start an application for a Medical or Social Research grant, please complete our Research Grant Enquiry Form.

Applications from universities

The Masonic Charitable Foundation will not fund individual researchers or university research departments directly. We would suggest collaborating with a charity that is a AMRC member before making an application to us.


Grants are made on an annual basis, and are given towards the operating costs of hospice services for adults and/or children. Hospice services in England and Wales that receive 60% or less of their funding from the NHS are eligible to apply.

Individual grants are calculated on the basis of the services provided and the number of beds operated by the hospice. Grants are not given towards building costs or to hospices that are not yet operational. Applications must be accompanied by a set of audited accounts, no more than 18 months old.

Applications received after the closing date will not be considered. Grant payments will be paid to successful applicants by Bank Transfer during November/December 2016.

To make an application for a Hospice grant, please complete our Hospice Application Form.

Grant Deadlines

It is beneficial for applications to be submitted as early as possible as the team begins assessing them as soon as they are received.

Small Grant Applications

Small Grant Application Forms are considered at meetings held in January, April, July and October.

The upcoming deadlines for Small Grant Application and meetings are as follows:

Application Form   Consideration Meeting Final approval outcome
28 April 2017 July 2017 August 2017
28 July 2017 October 2017 November 2017
27 October 2017 February 2018 March 2018
23 February 2018 May 2018 June 2018

Large Grant Applications

Large Grant Application Forms are considered at meetings held in January, April, July and October.

A Large Grant Enquiry Form must be submitted prior to completing a formal application for a Large Grant.

All Large Grant Enquiry Forms are considered at fortnightly Grants Panel Meetings. Each applicant will be informed of the outcome by email. If successful you will be sent a Large Grant Application Form for completion and submission electronically.

The application deadlines for Large Grant Enquiry Forms and Large Grant Application Forms are:

Enquiry Form Application Form Consideration Meeting Final approval outcome
3 April 2017 28 April 2017 July 2017 August 2017
3 July 2017 28 July 2017 October 2017 November 2017
2 October 2017 27 October 2017 February 2018 March 2018
2 February 2018 23 February 2018 May 2018 June 2018


Research Grants

Research Grant applications have currently closed due to a review of the Medical and Social Research grants programme.

Hospice Grants

The next deadline for Hospice grants is 31 July 2017

Further Information

If you have any questions or would like to discuss a potential application, please contact us at or call 020 3146 3333.