The Masonic Charitable Foundationbuilds better lives by enabling opportunity, advancing healthcare and education and promoting independence for Freemasons, their families and the broader community.
Funded entirely through the generosity of Freemasons and their families, the Masonic Charitable Foundation is one of the largest grant-making charities in the country.
How the Foundation helps Masonic families.
A wide range of help and support is available for Freemasons, their wives, partners, widows, children and grandchildren. Most of the support provided takes the form of financial grants to assist with financial, health or family related needs.
Daily living costs
Grants following an accident, redundancy or personal crisis
Minor home repairs
Mobility aids and home adaptations
Family - Children in full-time education
Costs for education or training
Scholarships, travel grants and student accommodation
Supporting exceptional talent in sport, music or the performing arts
Masonic care homes including nursing, residential and dementia care
The Foundation’s Advice & Support Team offer confidential, impartial and practical guidance about the help we can provide. The Team can also help with applications for state and local authority benefits and can put you in touch with other organisations who can give advice on care, employment and education.
How to applyFor further information about the help and support available from the Foundation, please call their dedicated freephone enquiry line: 0800 035 60 90 or email email@example.com. You can also write to Masonic Charitable Foundation, 60 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5AZ For more information about the Foundation’s grants and the application process, please visit: www.mcf.org.uk How the Foundation helps communities in addition to the support provided to Freemasons and their families, the Masonic Charitable Foundation looks beyond Freemasonry, making significant financial grants to charities that help people to live happily, fulfilled lives and to participate actively in society.
The charities supported make a significant and lasting difference to people in need. We aim to benefit as many people as possible and further those causes about which Freemasons and their families have told us they are most passionate.
To find out more about the Foundation’s Community Support and Research grants, please visit: www.mcf.org.uk/community Keep up to date with the Foundation’s work
West Riding Masonic Charities Limited is the designated charity of the Masonic Province of Yorkshire, West Riding. It is a charity and company limited by guarantee, deriving all its funds from the voluntary contributions of Freemasons (and their families) within the Province of Yorkshire, West Riding.
TLC in the Province of Yorkshire, West Riding is a Masonic initiative aimed at comforting distressed children when visiting the accident and emergency department of a hospital.
The scheme is supported and funded entirely by the Freemasons of the Province, and all hospitals within the Province that have A & E facilities for children are provided with Teddies at no cost to the hospital.
At the discretion of nursing staff, a teddy is given, which often assists nursing staff to relax and reassure a child in what for them is a very frightening, unfamiliar and stressful environment. We regularly receive heart-warming and touching comments from parents, grandparents and nursing staff on how the gift of a teddy has been of great assistance in creating calmness for quicker and easier diagnosis and administration of treatment.
Children take the teddy home. (complete with any sticking plasters, plaster casts or injections!
The scheme, launched in December 2008, was initially introduced at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, and then rolled out to hospitals in the Province as below
The scheme has had considerable success with well more than 100,000 teddies already distributed to:
Bradford Royal Infirmary
Airedale General Hospital
Halifax Royal Infirmary
Huddersfield Royal Infirmary
Dewsbury & District General Hospital
Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield
Pontefract General Infirmary
Rotherham General Hospital
Doncaster Royal Infirmary
Bassetlaw Hospital, Worksop
Montague Hospital Mexborough
Leeds General Infirmary
St James Hospital Leeds
Wharfedale General Hospital Otley
St George’s Centre Leeds
Harrogate District Hospital
Yorkshire Air Ambulance
This project in Yorkshire, West Riding is funded entirely by the Freemasons of the Province through West Riding Masonic Charities Limited and is administered by the Provincial Communications Committee.