Masonic Charitable Foundation – Hospice Grants

Status: Open to applications
Deadline: 18 January 2019


Grants are available for independent hospices in England and Wales either for core operating costs or to develop and extend bereavement support services that will enhance the wellbeing of bereaved families or individuals.


Max Value: £20,000

Value Notes

A total of £300,000 is available for the Hospice Grants for Bereavement Care programme with the expectation that 15 local hospices will be awarded grants.

Grants of up to £20,000 are available to support projects running over a period of 18 months.

This allows for up to three months setup phase and 12 months project delivery, with a further three months to cover any unforeseen delays mid project.

Extended Description

The Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) provides a wide range of grants to Freemasons and their families who have a financial, health and care or family need.

The Foundation looks beyond Freemasonry, making significant financial grants to charities which help people to live happy, fulfilling lives and to participate actively in society. The funding seeks to benefit as many people as possible and further those causes about which Freemasons and their families are most concerned. The charities and research projects that are supported make a significant and lasting difference to people in need.

The Foundation offers grants towards the operating costs of independent hospices and palliative care services in England and Wales. In recent years, the Foundation has provided nearly £12 million towards the operating costs of hospice services across England and Wales.

In 2018, the MCF has dedicated £600,000 to help hospices across England and Wales. This funding will be split between MCF’s core grant programme and its new partnership with Hospice UK.

  • The Hospice Grant programme awards grants for core operating costs to adult and children’s hospices in England and Wales that receive 60% or less of their funding from the NHS.
  • The Hospice UK partnership programme aims to develop and extend bereavement support services in hospices, improving the well-being of bereaved families and individuals.

Hospices are able to apply to one or both of these hospice programmes.

Latest News

The application rounds differ for each programme:

  • Hospice Grants for Bereavement Care (in partnership with Hospice UK) is open for applications until 18 January 2019 (5pm).
  • Core Grants programme is expected to reopen for applications in May 2019.

Key Criteria

Eligible organisations are full Hospice UK member adult hospices or children’s hospices based in England, Wales, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.

Partnerships working on developing and carrying out new projects are encouraged. Partnerships could include internal colleagues/departments, hospitals, community groups, local councils or other organisations.

The leader applicant must be a full member of Hospice UK.

Eligability Expendeture

Grants are available to enable hospices to initiate build or develop approaches to bereavement care. This can involve:

  • Putting into practice the recommendations or findings from a local scoping exercise.
  • Piloting a new project based on a robust needs assessment.
  • Adapting existing activities where, through the investment of additional resources, greater impact can be achieved through adoption of new roles and approaches.
  • All in line with the Bereavement Care Standards.

Examples of the type of projects the Foundation is looking to fund includes:

  • Development of a ‘Man Shed’ project – for bereaved husbands, men caring for their partner, men coming to terms with their own terminal illness.
  • Increased hours of bereavement worker to run new group for bereaved children.
  • Employing a dedicated Bereavement Co-ordinator or administrative assistant.
  • Purchase of equipment and improve room décor for a bereavement/counselling room and dedicated time of a specialist nurse/counsellor to support/manage the project.
  • Recruitment of and training for bereavement support volunteers.
  • Broadening existing bereavement support services e.g. to children and adolescents.
  • Information points in local communities as to where bereavement support can be accessed.
  • Set up community groups to support bereaved with practical skills eg cooking, finance.
  • Carers support programmes pre and post bereavement.

Funding is available for:

  • Staff salary. Funding can cover staffing costs.
  • Equipment.
  • Travel.
  • Volunteer training, to encourage integration of a hospice enabled approach to bereavement care.


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Activities such as undertaking a needs analysis or mapping exercise
  • A continuation of an existing service – unless the application is to build on or adapt the service.
  • Work that has already started.
  • Isolated pieces of equipment not related to the proposed work.
  • Direct salary costs for tasks not related to the project.

Application Procedure

An application form can be found on the Foundation’s website.

Applications must be accompanied by a set of audited accounts, no more than 18 months old.

Contact the Masonic Charitable Foundation for further information.


Addresses and contacts 

Application forms may be available on their website.

Contact details:
Charity Grants Department
Masonic Charitable Foundation 
60 Great Queen Street 
0203 146 3337