Masonic Charitable Foundation

The Masonic Charitable Foundation provides grants and services to assist United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) Freemasons and their families who have a financial, health, care or family need. Grants may also be made to national charities, community services and disaster relief appeals in the UK and overseas.

Last updated on 16 July 2019

Who is eligible?

Grants are made to active Freemasons who are/were a member of a Lodge under the UGLE, as well as the wife, partner, widow and child and grandchild (in full-time education) of said Freemason.

Beneficiaries can live anywhere, provided that their masonic connection is through the UGLE.

A wide-range of help and support is available for Freemasons and their families.

Grants are given to help with a financial need to fund essential daily living costs and unexpected needs (e.g. hardship faced following an accident, redundancy, or other personal crisis).

Grants are provided to cover the cost of private treatment or care for those unable to access support from the NHS or Local Authority without undue delay or expense.

Grants are also awarded to the children and grandchildren of Freemasons to fund educational opportunities or an exceptional talent in sports and arts.

How to apply?

Applicants should contact the Foundation’s enquiry team to discuss an application before putting pen to paper.

Our enquiries team can offer confidential guidance on the financial, health, care and family help available and advise you about the process and criteria for making an application.

Contact details are:

Freephone: 0800 035 60 90
Write: Masonic Charitable Foundation, 60 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5AZ.

Other information

The Foundation also manages the Lodge Relief Chest Scheme. Each ‘relief chest’ is used to accumulate funds collected by a Masonic Lodge, Chapter or Provincial Grand Lodge for charitable purposes. These are then used by the individual Masonic Lodge to make grants to charities and/or individuals in need. An application for funds from a Relief Chest is made to the relevant Lodge, Chapter or Province.

Practical help and financial support for individuals in times of personal distress and for “local” charities is also available, independently of the Foundation, from individual Masonic Lodges and Provincial Grand Lodges

Contact details

Masonic Charitable Foundation
Freemasons Hall, 60 Great Queen Street

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