Guest Article: The Freemasons’ Grand Charity20th March 2013
The Freemasons’ Grand Charity is a grant-making charity dedicated to supporting people in need, having donated more than £100 million since 1981.
Each year The Freemasons’ Grand Charity provides financial help for hundreds of Freemasons and their dependants who are facing financial difficulties. These difficulties occur for many reasons, not least the current economic crisis, and the Charity seeks to improve the quality of life of those who find themselves in financial need for whatever reason. In addition, the Grand Charity funds hundreds of nationwide charities each year. These charities are supported because they aim to make a significant difference to people in need, provide maximum impact by benefitting as many people as possible and support issues that Freemasons and their families are concerned about.
Providing support to Freemasons and their families
Grants are made towards:
- Essential daily living costs (eg utility bills and food)
- Unexpected needs (eg funeral bills, minor repairs, or hardship faced following an accident, redundancy, or other personal crisis)
Whilst the majority of those assisted are beyond retirement age and finding it difficult to cope on a low income, there has been a continued increase in the number of younger applicants. These applicants have often lost their jobs or businesses due to the economic downturn and are struggling financially. We also assist many individuals who suffer from health issues that have left them unable to support themselves financially. Each year the Grand Charity assists people in Warwickshire, and during 2012 around 30 people received a share of £60,000. More info: Supporting Freemasons & their families
Funding nationwide charitable projects and services
Each year The Freemasons’ Grand Charity provides financial grants to support hundreds of registered national charities. Grants are given in support of medical research, support for vulnerable people, youth opportunities, air ambulances, hospice services and emergency grants for worldwide disaster relief. In 2012, £2.5 million was donated to help people in a variety of difficult situations.
Whilst the charities supported by The Freemasons’ Grand Charity must have a national remit, a number of Warwickshire charities have recently shared a total of £30,000: The Foundation for Conducive Education, LOOK, Little Hearts Matter, Addington Fund, The Prince’s Trust, and Parkinson’s UK. Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance has also received £50,000 since
2007 to help with their life-saving missions. More info: Supporting the Community
Nationwide in 2012, £5.1 million was approved in financial grants to help individuals in need, assisting over 2,000 people. Over 100 charities received a share of £1.7 million, 239 hospices received a total of £600,000 and 22 air rescue charities received a share of £192,000 – meaning a grand total of £7,757,758 was donated in 2012.