National and Local Charities

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  • National and Local Charities

    Applications to all our charities make a financial eligibility assessment, in this way it enables them to be sure the applicant is receiving all of their entitlements from central and local Government.

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    The West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity

    This charity provides financial assistance for Freemasons of the Province, their widows, children and their dependants who find themselves in distressed circumstances, it provides support towards living costs and home and personal emergencies. All applicants need to prove that they are in financial difficulty. The charity also provides financial assistance to some children and provides grants for local community projects.

    To read more about the work of the charity look at the website:

    The Central Applications Office

    The  Central Applications Office is part of the WLFC and handles all requests for assistance from the five charities, it has a dedicated telephone line, 0151 4824757 and is open Monday to Friday each week, between the hours of 10.00am until 3.00pm

    Community grants

    Application forms and guidance notes for non-Masonic grants can be downloaded here or obtained from the Central Applications Office.

    All completed application forms for non-Masonic grants, along with supporting documents should be sent to:

    West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity
    2 Paramount Business Park,
    Wilson Road,
    L36 6AW

    Freemasonry Cares

    Freemasonry Cares is a joint initiative of the National Masonic Charity and our own West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity launched to make it easier for Freemason’s their families and other dependants to access the full range of support and services available to them.

    This joint initiative acts as a passport to the assistance which is available, by increasing awareness, it makes it easier to access via a Freephone number 0800 0356090.

    Your details will be recorded and if you meet the criteria, your enquiry will be given to the Provincial Grand Almoner within 24 hours of the call, who will arrange for an Admin Care Officer to visit you and complete the application form if applicable.

    Criteria  to be met:

    • You must have a Masonic connection;
    • You must have a need within the charities guidelines;
    • You must meet the financial criteria of the charity;
    • You must agree to your details being processed on the charities computer.

    This initiative provides a unique opportunity to make sure those, who in the past, may not have been well versed in existence or operation of our Masonic Charities (especially wives, partners and widows of Masons) are now brought up to date with the help available to them.

    To open the Freemasonry Cares leaflet click here Freemasonry cares booklet

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.

The Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) was launched in April 2016. It over-arches the work of the four national Masonic charities: The Grand Charity, The Masonic Samaritan Fund, The Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys and the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution. This will simplify a wide range of grants and assistance for Masons and their families who have a financial, health, education or care need, as well as providing aid for the wider community. The MCF will allocate funds made by the four charities. In keeping with their original charitable remit, to maintain the level of support that Masons and their families have become accustomed to.

The MCF will also award grants to other charities, hospices, medical research and disaster relief appeals. 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.

Over £1,000,000 more that we donate to the MCF is dispersed to brethren, widows and dependants every year in West Lancashire


  • 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 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.  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


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