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.
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.
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.
Community Support Grants
Large and Small Community Support Grant applications are considered at meetings held in January, April, July and October.
The next deadline for applications is 28 October 2016. Large grants require a Large Grant Enquiry Form to be completed in advance of this deadline and the last date for submission is 15 July 2016. Applications are currently being accepted for consideration at the meeting to be held in October 2016.
Research Grant applications are considered at meetings held in April and October.
The next deadline for applications is 28 October 2016. Research grants require a Research Grant Enquiry Form to be completed in advance of this deadline and the last date for submission is 15 July 2016.
Applications are currently being accepted for consideration at the meeting to be held in October 2016.
The next deadline for Hospice grants is currently not available. Hospice grants require a Hospice Application Form to be submitted.
Grant application forms
To apply for a grant for your charity or research project, please download and complete the relevant form:
- Large Grant – Community Support Enquiry Form
- Small Grant – Application Form
- Medical and Social Research Grant – Enquiry Form
- Hospice Application Form
Please note that only one enquiry form can be submitted by a charity, for a single proposal. If the application is unsuccessful, charities may subsequently submit another application for a different project.
Grants to support other charities and causes
- Hospices: Hospices throughout England and Wales cannot currently make an application for support.
- Air Ambulances: Air ambulance and rescue services grants are awarded in partnership with the Provinces.
- Disaster Relief: It is not possible to apply for Disaster Relief funding as grants are awarded at the discretion of the Foundation’s President.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss a potential application, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 3146 3333.