Masonic Charitable Foundation Children and Young People Grants Programme is now open (correct at time of publishing)

Grants for charities in England and Wales for projects that support disadvantaged and vulnerable children and young people aged up to 18 years (up to 25 years for disabled young people) to overcome the barriers they face in order to achieve the best possible start in life.

The Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) offers grants to local and national charities in England and Wales as part of its work to help thousands of disadvantaged and vulnerable people to live happy, fulfilling lives and participate actively in society. Over the last 40 years, the MCF has provided more than £130 million to charities. The MCF’s work is funded solely through the donations of Freemasons under the United Grand Lodge of England, their families and friends.

Based on conducted surveys which indicate which areas Freemason care most about, the MCF has set out new target areas for its grant-making programme:

Creating the best start in life for disadvantaged children and young people.
Reducing isolation in later life.
Medical research into degenerative disease.
Care services in the hospice sector.
The Early Years Opportunities Grants programme offers both small and large grants to registered charities in England and Wales to create the best start in life for disadvantaged children and young people.

Depending on their annual income level, charities can apply for either a:

Large grant, which is for projects and can be used for salary costs, activities, materials, etc. These start at £10,000 are available to charities with an income exceeding £500,000. The average large grant will range from £20,000 to £60,000 in total.
Small grant, which is for general running and/or overhead costs of the charity – core funding. These are between £1,000 and £15,000 are available to charities with an income of under £500,000.

All grants can be over one, two, or three years. Grant amounts should not exceed 15% of the total income of the applicant charity. Charities can only apply for one grant programme at a time.

Charities registered with the Charity Commission and whose beneficiaries are in England and Wales can apply:

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