Tackling loneliness and creating a positive start in life

Every year, we work hard to help tackle some of society’s most important issues. To support Freemasonry in making an even greater impact, we focussed our support through two programmes that are responding to areas that are underfunded or overlooked: tackling loneliness and social isolation in later life and creating the best start in life for disadvantaged children and young people.

Through these two programmes, we are supporting projects such as elderly befriending and youth mental health services, as well as funding core running costs for smaller charities to ensure their services can continue – all of which are making a real difference to thousands of lives across England and Wales.

34 grants

were awarded to charities tackling social
isolation and loneliness in later life,
at a total cost of

65 grants

were awarded to charities supporting
disadvantaged children and young people
at a total cost of

Medical Research

Over the year, the MCF has continued Freemasonry’s support for pioneering medical research into degenerative diseases through eight new medical research PhD studentships, bring the total number of PhDs awarded to 18. From psychiatry in old age and breast cancer to hearing loss, our medical research funding is not only providing opportunities for the scientists of tomorrow, but playing a pivotal role in ground-breaking discoveries into some of society’s most prevalent degenerative diseases.

8 research grants

were awarded to fund PhD studentships,
at a total cost of

Hospice grants

Our partnership with Hospice UK, established in 2018, built upon its funding for bereavement projects and began a new phase of funding hospice services and projects supporting the homeless and vulnerably-housed community – such as much-needed palliative and end-of-life care. Our hospice grant programme also continued to support core costs in local hospices, strengthening Freemasonry’s impact on the hospice sector across England and Wales.

19 Hospice UK grants

were awarded to fund bereavement
projects and
services for the homeless,
at a total cost of 

Message from the Chairman and Chief Executive

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Our year in brief – 2019/20

Our impact in nine numbers

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