Masonic Charity

The values of Freemasonry are based on integrity, kindness, honesty and fairness. Freemasons are taught to practise charity and to care, not only for their own, but also for the community as a whole – both by charitable giving, and by voluntary efforts and works as individuals. Freemasonry under the United Grand Lodge of England is one of the largest donators to charity in Britain.

Large sums are given to national and local charities. Masonic charity is exercised at every level: individual Lodges make gifts and give aid to their own communities and every Province also gives large sums of money to regional causes, around £5 million of which is reported by local newspapers. 

You will never see a Freemason with a collecting tin. All of the funds for our grants and donations to international, national, regional and local good causes are provided freely by Freemasons and their families, or are raised internally within our fraternity.

Masonic Charitable Foundation
For Freemasons, for families, for everyone


Nationally, our efforts are now channelled through our single charity organisation the Masonic Charitable Foundation. On 1 April 2016, the Foundation brought together the work of our four national Charities which had been operating separately under various names since the early 18th Century. Those charities were The Freemasons’ Grand Charity, the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys, the Masonic Samaritan Fund and the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution.

The Masonic Charitable Foundation builds better lives by enabling opportunity, advancing healthcare and education and promoting independence for Freemasons, their families and the wider 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
  • Funeral bills
  • Minor home repairs


  • Medical treatment
  • Dental treatment
  • Mobility aids and home adaptations
  • Counselling

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

Family – Care

  • Masonic care homes – including nursing, residential and dementia care
  • Respite care
  • UK holidays

Practical assistance

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 apply

For further information about the help and support available from the Foundation, please call their dedicated freephone enquiry line: 0800 035 60 90 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  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:

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 happy, fulfilled lives and to participate actively in society. The charities supported make a significant and lasting difference to people in need. 

Since 1981 Masonic Charity has donated more than £50 million to national charities, with grants going towards funding medical research, helping vulnerable people and supporting youth opportunities. It sets aside £100,000 every year for small donations of between £500 and £5,000 to under-funded causes around the country, which often prove vital to their continued operation.

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:

Keep up to date with the Foundation’s work

Please take some time to read through our charity newsfeeds and Tweets below and aside to find out about our recent and current grants, projects and initiatives.

Teddies For Loving Care (TLC) 

TLCbFreemasons in Devon have also donated more than 36,000 teddies as part of the TLC Teddies for Loving Care Appeal which to date has provided over a million colourful, cuddly teddies to traumatised children in Accident and Emergency departments or ambulances to take their mind off their injuries. The teddies, which are given to the children to keep and name, are also used by the doctors and nursing staff to demonstrate the medical procedure that the child is about to undergo, or to reassure them that if things like injections don't hurt teddy, then there is nothing to be frightened of.

 Miles Coverdale Lodge

At a local level, some of the charities and not for profit organisations that Miles Coverdale Lodge has sponsored or donated to directly are listed below:

Rowcroft Hospice (see our News page)


Riding For The Disabled (sponsored via The William Alexander Kneel Endowment (WAKE) Fund)

Torbay Hospital League of Friends (direct donation and sponsored via The William Alexander Kneel Endowment (WAKE) Fund) (see our News page)

Age UK Torbay (sponsored via The William Alexander Kneel Endowment (WAKE) Fund) (Read The Herald Express news coverage here)

Torbay 'Moving Hearts' Appeal for The British Heart Foundation (sponsored via The William Alexander Kneel Endowment (WAKE) Fund)

Torbay Holiday Helpers Network

Paignton Hospital League of Friends

..and many others over the years.

We do not guarantee that websites accessed via links on this page are either masonic in nature or have been approved or endorsed by the United Grand Lodge of England. We specifically do not warrant that any other websites accessible from their pages are recognised by, or have the approval of, the United Grand Lodge of England.