Chapter 6

Working in partnership

In addition to the charitable grants we award centrally, the MCF engages with Freemasonry and communities to support social change locally. Our community engagement includes:

Matched-funding grants

Through our matched-funding grants programme, Provinces can apply to the MCF to double the value of a donation to a local charity.

In 2022/23, we awarded 273 matched-funding grants totalling £394,369. 

Case Study:

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide, Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire Freemasons donated £2,000 to the Scunthorpe branch of national charity SOBS – Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide. Members of St Lawrence Lodge and the Lodge of St John each gave £500, with both donations matched by the MCF.

The money bought replacement soft furnishings in SOBS’ seaside caravan, used as a place of respite for survivors, or families affected by suicide. SOBS branch organiser Nina Shrimpton lost her son Russell to suicide 11 years ago. She said it was hard to get mental health support: “It’s just not available. We do what we can. Providing the caravan is part of that. People need to get away. Freemasonry’s help to achieve that is massive.”

Freemasons’ Community Fund grants

The Freemasons’ Community Fund enabled Metropolitan and Provincial Grand Lodges to support a local cause important to their members. Provinces nominated local charities for a one-off grant of between £10,000 and £25,000. The charities nominated all support disadvantaged children with special educational needs and disabilities and 10 grants were made totalling £176,243

Festival grants

Provinces that are involved in an intensive fundraising period for the MCF known as a Festival, are offered additional funds to support their local charities. This year, 27 festival grants were awarded totalling £114,000.

Teddies for Loving Care 

Locally-led by Freemasons, the MCF provides central administrative support and guidance to Freemasonry’s Teddies for Loving Care (TLC) programme, which provides teddies for distressed children attending local accident and emergency departments. 

In 2022/23, 196,684 teddies were distributed to 326 hospitals and other organisations.

The MCF collaborated with two Provinces
to produce a video for TLC to explain how important the teddies are to the medical staff. 

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