The Masonic Charitable Foundation’s Early Years Opportunities Grant awards unrestricted grants of up to £150,000 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 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.
- 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.
- Charities with an annual income over £500,000.
- Grants of between £10,000 – £150,000 however typically are between £20,000 – £80,000 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
|Application deadline||Outcome notification|
|26 October 2018||March 2019|
|25 January 2019||May 2019|
|31 May 2019||October 2019|
|27 September 2019||February 2020|
|First stage application deadline||Second stage application deadline||Outcome notification|
|5 October 2018||26 October 2018||March 2019|
|4 January 2019||25 January 2019||May 2019|
|10 May 2019||31 May 2019||October 2019|
|6 September 2019||27 September 2019||February 2020|
For more information and how to apply please click here.
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