Masonic Charities


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Masonic Charitable Foundation

For Freemasons, for families, for everyone

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 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

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. 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

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RMBI (small thumbnail) The Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution (R.M.B.I.) provides a level of care, support and  assistance appropriate to individual needs and is committed to ensuring the individual’s right to  dignity, respect, choice and control over their own lives. Caring mainly for elderly and infirm  Freemasons and their dependants, it offers a range of high quality care options including  residential care, dementia support, nursing and respite care. It also provides sheltered accommodation, holidays and even annuities and home improvement loans for the sick and disabled. It runs 17 Rest and Nursing Homes across England and Wales, and has been caring for older Freemasons and their dependants for over 160 years. There are three Masonic Homes which are in or close to our Province. Zetland Court at Bournemouth, Shannon Court on the Surrey/Hampshire border at Hindhead and Lord Harris Court, near Wokingham, Berkshire.


Province of Hampshire & Isle of Wight charitable funds

The General Charitable Trust (The Richard Bond Fund) is a fund for the relief and benefit of Freemasons, their wives and widows and dependents who are in need or distress by reason of poverty, sickness or old age. Assistance may be given to Brethren to remain in their own homes, for medical and hospital treatment and equipment, holidays, loans, grants and indeed a variety of purposes. Care is taken to ensure that funds are not used to duplicate help, which might come from elsewhere and speed of relief in urgent cases is paramount. Applications should be made to the Provincial Grand Secretary.


The Hubert Giles Masonic Benevolent Trust has been established to provide for financial assistance to the necessitous children of Freemasons of the Province whether the father of any such child be living or dead, financial assistance in times of distress of Freemasons and Widows of Freemasons of the Province and assistance to the Funds of any of the Masonic Charities as may be approved by the Provincial Grand Lodge. Petition Forms available from the Provincial Grand Secretary.


Provincial Comforts Fund provides extra comforts to Brethren of The Province or their Widows/dependents who may be in need. It is not a registered charity but a Fund of Benevolence. The income is solely derived from donations from Lodges, Chapters, Masonic Associations and Individuals. It is hoped that all Lodges will make an annual contribution. The application forms, which are yellow, are issued to Lodge Secretaries in September and returned by November by The Lodge Almoner. Basic information is required, name, age, date of last visit and reason for assistance. This fund relies on the generosity of the Brethren. Donations from the Fund are usually by way of a Christmas distribution and in addition Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution annuitants of the Province receive a fuel grant. Applications to the Provincial Grand Secretary.


The Province of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Masonic Grand Charity (The Tom Langton Fund) Brethren are requested to identify suitable non-Masonic charitable and needs groups, not individuals, in this Province who would benefit from a donation from the Fund. The ideal organisations to be targeted are small self-help groups with limited resources, especially those whose activities involve children where a modest grant would make a significant difference to their work. Applications should be made to the Group Charity Representative ~ contact details in the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Masonic Year Book.


 The Lodge Charity Steward

Each Lodge has a Charity Steward who is appointed by the Master of the Lodge. It is his responsibility to ensure that the Brethren are informed of the charitable activities in their Lodge and the Province as a whole. He assists the W.M. and the Lodge in matters relating to charity; as well as assisting the Brethren with the completion of any Gift Aid forms and other specialised forms of giving.

The Basing Lodge Charity Steward, W.Bro Graham Merry is pro-active at fund raising within the Lodge. He is able to offer guidance and support whenever he is approached about any Lodge or Masonic charitable matter.