Masonic Charitable Foundation 2018-19 - Hospice Grants for Bereavement Care

Closing date: Jan 18, 2019

On behalf of Freemasonry in England and Wales the Masonic Charitable Foundation is proud to be working in partnership with Hospice UK to deliver a programme of local funding that will have a significant and lasting impact on communities across England and Wales.

What is the programme?

The aim of the programme is to widen access to hospice bereavement support by developing and extending support to bereaved people who may not have had access to services from their local hospice and other local organisations. The purpose of offering such support is to enhance the well-being of bereaved families or individuals. These services must be in line with the Bereavement Care Standards 2014.

The programme builds on the previous grant round that focussed on bereavement care.

This year the emphasis is on widening access to local hospice bereavement services - working in collaboration with partners and the local community to develop bereavement support to address the needs of local people who are currently under-represented.

The scope of projects could focus on:

  • pre and post bereavement support for people who are caring for a loved one with dementia
  • pre and post bereavement support for people who have learning disabilities
  • bereavement support for the lonely and isolated in the local community
  • services for children and young people when a parent or significant adult has died e.g. online support/social activities 


Grants of up to £20,000 are available to support projects running over a period of 18 months. This allows for up to 3 months setup phase and 12 months project delivery – with a further 3 months to cover any unforeseen delays mid project. 

The funding will enable hospices to initiate, build or develop locally delivered approaches to bereavement care. This can be achieved through a number of ways:

  • Putting into practice or piloting a project from the recommendations or findings from a local scoping exercise, robust needs assessment, patient and public involvement.
  • Adapting existing activities where, through the investment of additional resources, greater impact can be achieved through adoption of new roles and approaches.

Available funding

Total available funding in this grant round is £300,000. We expect to award grants to fifteen local hospices in this round.


The deadline for applications is 17:00 on Friday, 18 January 2019. Applicants will be informed whether or not they have been successful by March 2019.

Eligibility criteria

Eligible organisations are full member:

  • adult hospices
  • children’s hospices.

 Based in England, Wales, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.  

The proposed work

Potential projects could include the funding of a post or service model.  Examples of the type of project we are looking to support could include:

  • Bereavement help points
  • Online support groups
  • Activity programmes for children and the surviving parent
  • Cooking and other life skill programmes
  • Compassionate communities bereavement support programmes
  • Volunteering programmes
  • Peer mentoring programmes
  • Memory schemes – memory boxes, recordings

All the above must have the overarching aim of widening access to hospice bereavement support that will address the needs of local people who are currently under-represented.

Partnership working

We encourage new projects to be developed and implemented in partnership with others, e.g. internal colleagues/departments, hospitals, community groups, local councils or other organisations, in order that they complement existing provision and are truly integrated in systemic plans to reach more people.

Where a project is a collaboration between a hospice and another provider (e.g. NHS or social care) the lead applicant must be a full member of Hospice UK.

Patient and Public Involvement (PPI)
We actively encourage projects to include evidence of involvement and consultation with current and future service users at all stages of the project design, delivery and evaluation.

Eligible costs

For the purpose of this grant programme, we consider a ‘project’ to be a discrete range of activities with a clear purpose, designed to bring about change. These activities would normally incur costs covering a variety of items, which could include:

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

Please note, if successful in your application, you will be required to attend a Project Lead Day, likely to be in London.  You should allow for the cost of travel for this as part of your budget.

It is expected that the majority of the grant would go towards implementation costs of the service. However, a range of different items should be budgeted for and all must be directly relevant to the project.

What is not eligible?

Non-eligible pieces of work include:

  • activities such as undertaking a needs analysis or mapping exercise, we are not able to fund feasibility studies
  • a continuation of an existing service for people already accessing hospice bereavement services
  • work that has already started before February 2019 – although if you ran a clearly identified pilot phase before this date, you are not precluded from making an application to develop it further
  • isolated pieces of equipment not related to the proposed work
  • direct salary costs for tasks not related to the project – the aim is to release the applicant from some of their duties to undertake the proposed work
  • hospices awarded a grant in the first Masonic Charitable Foundation/Hospice UK bereavement grant round (awarded February 2018).

How to Apply 

Please select the below Apply now button and select Start an Application.

For more details on this programme, please read:

Only one application per grant round will be considered from each hospice.


An outline timetable for the programme is given below. 

  • 9 November 2018 - Open programme
  • 18 January 2019 - Deadline for submission of applications 17:00
  • February 2019 - Major Grants Committee meet to allocate funding
  • March 2019 - all applicants to be notified of decisions
  • June 2019 (date TBC) - Project Lead Day 


Grant holders are required to acknowledge the Masonic Charitable Foundation, local masonic representatives and Hospice UK in any information that is circulated about the project. This includes e.g. conference presentations, reports, publications and articles that arise from the work.

Masonic Charitable Foundation

Freemasonry is one of the biggest charitable givers in the country, donating £46m to charitable causes in 2017.  As the national charity of Freemasonry in England and Wales, the Masonic Charitable Foundation awards grants to tackle some of the most significant challenges in society, in particular, reducing loneliness in later life and ensuring a positive future for young children.  We work in partnership with some of the biggest charities in the country to deliver our support. 

Through the MCF, Freemasonry also contributes significant funding for hospice services and research into treatments and cures for medical conditions and makes donations, at home and overseas, to support those affected by major natural disasters.

Hospice UK

Hospice UK is the national charity for hospice care. Everything we do aims to support hospices to provide more incredible care for more people. Our vision is for everyone facing the end of life, whoever they are and where ever they may be, to have the best possible care.

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