Masonic Charitable Foundation 2019-2020 Hospice Grants - Widening Access

Closing date: Jan 27, 2020

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 grant programme is to inspire and fund projects that would seek to address inequality and widen access to hospice care for people experiencing homelessness (or who are vulnerably housed) and people with learning disabilities.

This year the emphasis is on widening access and addressing barriers to local hospice services.  We are interested in funding projects that work in collaboration with partners and the local community to develop support to address the needs of local people who are experiencing homelessness or have learning disabilities.

The scope of projects should focus on one of the following:

  • People experiencing homelessness (or who are vulnerably housed) , or
  • People with learning disabilities.


Grants of up to £35,000 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 grants will seek to address inequality and widen access to hospice care for people experiencing homelessness (or who are vulnerably housed) and people with learning disabilities. This can be through a number of ways:

  • Putting into practice the recommendations or findings from an organisational or local scoping exercise
  • Piloting a new project based on a robust needs assessment
  • Introduction of an intervention or tool
  • Adapting or developing existing activities where, through the investment of additional resources, greater impact can be achieved through adoption of new roles and approaches.
  • Responding to national policy or research evidence.

Available funding

Total available funding in this grant round is £450,000. We expect to award between fifteen and nineteen grants to local hospices in this round.


The deadline for applications is 17:00 on Monday, 27 January 2020. Applicants will be informed whether or not they have been successful by end March 2020.

Eligibility criteria

Eligible organisations are full member:

  • adult hospices
  • children’s hospices.

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

NB: Hospices awarded a grant in the previous two Masonic Charitable Foundation/Hospice UK bereavement grant rounds are eligible to apply in this round.

The proposed work

For examples of the types of project that we are looking to support please refer to the Guidance and Criteria document. 

The overarching aim of the programme is to widen access to hospice support that will address the needs of local people experiencing homelessness (or who are vulnerably housed) or have learning disabilities 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.  This is so that they complement existing provision and are truly integrated in systemic plans to maximize a project’s reach and to enhance its potential for sustainability.

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. Funding can cover full-time or part-time staffing, or a combination of both
  • Equipment, material and resources
  • Travel
  • Staff training
  • Volunteer training

Please note, if successful in your application, you will be required to attend two Project Lead Days, 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
  • work that has already started before March 2020 – 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 based in Scotland or Northern Ireland.

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. 

  • 4 November 2019 - Open programme
  • 27 January 2020 - Deadline for submission of applications 17:00
  • Early-March - Major Grants Committee meet to allocate funding
  • End-March - all applicants to be notified of decisions
  • August (date TBC) - First 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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