Masonic Charitable Foundation: Early Years Opportunities Grant

Health & Social Care Youth

The Masonic Charitable Foundation’s Early Years Opportunities Grant awards grants of up to £80,000 to charities that help disadvantaged children and young people (under 25 years old) overcome the barriers they face to achieve the best possible start in life.

Grants can be offered to charities that provide:

  • Mental and physical health support
  • Learning and development, including language and communication skills, social and emotional etc.
  • Parental Support, including whole family approach
  • Pastoral and advocacy support

Grants can be used for charitable activities such as:

  • Additional educational opportunities such as improving literacy and numeracy
  • Individual interventions, i.e. parent education, home visiting or mentoring
  • Encouraging healthy behaviours with regards to diet, activity and wellbeing
  • Psychological interventions for domestic abuse and behavioural issues etc.
  • Provision of vital adaptive technologies and equipment removing barriers
  • Alternative methods or specialist therapies to help children and young people integrate into the mainstream education system

The Foundation seeks the following outcomes from the projects they support:

  • Children and young people receiving continuous support and interventions
  • High quality provision of well-qualified and well-trained staff dealing with children and young people
  • Existing services better supporting the physical, psychological and emotional needs of children and young people
  • More children and young people engaged in sports and social clubs in society
  • Age appropriate skills developed by the time children get to school or young people enter their first jobs
  • Children and young people living in a healthy and stable environment
  • Greater knowledge of options and rights for parents
  • Greater awareness of the subject within the Masonic community

There are two schemes available for this fund – Small and Large.

Small Grants: 

  • Charities with an annual income under £500,000.
  • Grants of between £500 – £15,000 over either 1, 2 or 3 years.
  • Small grants can be used for general running and/or overhead costs of the charity – core funding.
  • Grant amounts should not exceed 15% of the total income of the applicant charity.

Large Grants:

  • Charities with an annual income over £500,000.
  • Grants of between £10,000 – £80,000 however typically are between £20,000 – £60,000 over either 1, 2 or 3 years.
  • Large grants are for projects and can be used for salary costs, activities, materials etc. 
  • Grant amounts should not exceed 15% of the total income of the applicant charity

Upcoming Deadlines: 

Small Grants:

  • 3 January 2020, 4pm (Decision in June 2020)
  • 17 April 2020, 4pm (Decision in November 2020)
  • 14 August 2020, 4pm (Decision in March 2021)

Large Grants:

  • 4 November 2019, 5pm (second stage, if successful: 3 January 2020, 4pm. Decisions made in June 2020)
  • 17 February 2020, 5pm (second stage, if successful: 17 April 2020, 4pm. Decisions made in November 2020)
  • 15 June 2020, 5pm (second stage, if successful: 14 August 2020, 4pm. Decisions made in March 2021)

For more information and how to apply please click here.

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