Grant Opportunities

Masonic Charitable Foundation’s Later Life Grant Program

Masonic Charitable Foundation’s Later Life Grant Program

Deadline: Various
Small Grant: 31 August 2020
Large Grant: 31 July 2020
The Masonic Charitable Foundation’s Later Life Grant programme is open to local and national charities that are working to reduce loneliness and isolation in later life.


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Creating the Best Start in Life for Disadvantaged Children and Young People;
Reducing Isolation in Later Life (targeted at older people over the age of 50 years).
Grants can be Offered to Charities/Projects that provide:

Mental and physical health support
Access to services, e.g. transport and technology
Community-based approaches, i.e. volunteering, positive aging, and neighborhood support
Advocacy, social and welfare support

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Short Term:

Reduced feelings of loneliness or social isolation for people in later life
Older people are better informed about their options and rights leading to greater confidence in choices
Existing services better supporting the physical, psychological and emotional needs of people as they age
Increased social participation
Greater awareness of the subject among Freemasons
Long Term:

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Feel less lonely and socially isolated
Improved health and sense of wellbeing for people as they age
Established reliable and supportive networks
The older population living as they choose in a healthy and safe environment
MCF’s profile raised among Freemasons and the public
Funding Information

Charities can apply for a small or large grant, depending on their income:
Small Grant:

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These grants are for smaller charities whose annual income does not exceed £500,000
Small grants can be used for general running and/or overhead costs of the charity – core funding
Small grants between £1,000 – £15,000 are available
Grants can be over 1, 2, or 3 years
The total amount of the grant requested must not exceed 15% of the total income of the charity
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.
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
Eligibility Criteria

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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
Charities must have at least one year of independently examined or audited accounts published on the Charity Commission website for the registered charity number they are applying from
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