Masonic Charitable Foundation: Later Life Inclusion Grant

Health & Social Care Older People

The Masonic Charitable Foundation’s Later Life Inclusion Grant awards grants of up to £80,000 to local and national registered charities that support disadvantaged and vulnerable older people over 50 years.

Grants can be offered to charities that provide:

  • Mental and physical health support
  • Gateway and access to service, e.g. transport and technology
  • Community based approaches, i.e. volunteering, positive ageing and neighbourhood support
  • Advocacy, social and welfare support

Through activities such as:

  • Support for emotional and psychological planning for later life
  • Digital inclusion sessions to enable older people to access services
  • Activities and clubs enabling older people to remain active and make friends
  • Providing companionship and befriending schemes for periods of transition
  • Advice and information on options for those with health conditions
  • Carers and respite support

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

  • Short Term:
    • Older people adapting to key transitions in their lives
    • Older people well supported, better informed and receiving essential advice
    • Existing services better supporting the physical, psychological and emotional needs of people as they age
    • More therapeutic support available to people at key points in their lives
    • Greater knowledge of options and rights leading to greater confidence in choices
    • Increased cultural and social participation choices for people as they age
    • Greater awareness of the issue within the Masonic community
  • Long Term:
    • Reduced feelings of loneliness or social isolation for people in later life
    • Improved health and sense of wellbeing for people as they age
    • More active social lives for people in later life
    • The older population living as they choose in a healthy and safe environment
    • MCF’s profile raised within the Masonic community, public and third sector

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

Small Grants: 

  • Charities with an annual income under £500,000.
  • Grants of between £500 – £5,000 per year up to three years.
  • Small grants are unrestricted.
  • 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

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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