A grant-making charity dedicated to supporting people in need
Financial grants for individuals
Financial grants for individuals are only available to Freemasons (a member of the United Grand Lodge of England) who are experiencing hardship. Freemasons who are a presently subscribing member or who no longer belong to a Lodge, may apply. Widows and certain other immediate dependants of the above may also apply.
Grants for charities
Core funding grants of between £500 and £5,000 are given to smaller, nationwide charities whose annual income does not exceed roughly £1 million.
Grants of between £5,000 and £50,000 are made only for a designated purpose and generally to larger, nationwide charities.
Medical Research Grants
Please note, both The Freemasons' Grand Charity and the Masonic Samaritan Fund contribute towards medical research. However, ALL applications for funding from either organisation are dealt with by The Freemasons' Grand Charity only.
Hospice grants are made on an annual basis towards the operating costs of hospice services for adults and/or children that receive 60% or less of their funding from the NHS.
Please note: Applications from University or Hospital Research Departments
An increasing number of university or hospital research departments are making applications for medical research grants. However, The Freemasons’ Grand Charity does not usually fund individual researchers or university research departments directly. Instead the charity prefers to make grants via a medical charity which is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities.
In this way, the Charity is able to ensure that a research project has been suitably peer-reviewed by an external scientific panel made up of experts in that particular research area as the Trustees do not have the capacity or expertise to review medical research applications independently.
The office does not wish to encourage applications that have little chance of success with the Committee as we do not wish to waste researchers’ valuable time. However, if you do wish to apply, please use the medical research application form and ensure that you include evidence of external peer review from at least two or three other universities.