In 2014, the Freemasons’ Grand Charity approved its first batch of grants totalling £842,500. Ranging from £10,000 to £100,000 each, they supported nineteen significant causes across the UK.
“The Freemasons’ Grand Charity seeks to help people in need, and we are dedicated to helping people who are socially disadvantaged, disabled, seriously ill, homeless, or facing economic and social deprivation. It is our hope that the positive impact of these grants will be felt by thousands of people facing difficulties.”

Laura Chapman, Chief Executive of The Freemasons’ Grand Charity

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The following charities have received grants: 
 

MEDICAL RESEARCH 

 
Blond McIndoe Research Foundation £50,000 
To fund research into the development of stimuli responsive materials, which are able to detect and respond to changes in healing burns and diabetic wounds to help the repair process.
Headquarters in Sussex.
 
Cancer Research UK £100,000*
Funding Dr Thorsten Hagemann’s pancreatic cancer research at Barts Cancer Institute. *The Freemasons’ Grand Charity and the Masonic Samaritan Fund have both made grants of £50,000 towards the project. 
Headquarters in London.
 
The National Society for Epilepsy £50,000 
To fund research into the genetic causes of epilepsy through exome DNA sequencing techniques.
Headquarters in Buckinghamshire.
 
University of Leicester £33,000* 
Funding a clinical trial into the treatment of heart attack patients with the application of remote ischemic conditioning. *The Freemasons’ Grand Charity and theMasonic Samaritan Fund have both made grants of £16,500 towards the project.
Headquarters in Leicestershire. 
 


YOUTH OPPORTUNITIES


Chetham’s School of Music £75,000 
Funding community outreach services in disadvantaged areas over three years.
Headquarters in East Lancashire. 
 
Envision £25,000 
Supporting a community project in Bristol aiming to develop the confidence and skills of young people.
Headquarters in London. Project is in Bristol.
 
Red Balloon Learner Centres £25,000 
Funding bursaries for severely bullied children to attend specialist learner centres to build their resilience before returning to mainstream education.
Headquarters in Cambridgeshire.
 
SkillForce £100,000 
To fund the Onto Next Steps programme in Norfolk and Kent over two years. The programme will mentor and coach pupils who are at risk of exclusion from education, and face subsequent unemployment.
Headquarters in Nottinghamshire. Project is in Norfolk and East Kent. 
 
The Lord Mayor’s Appeal £50,000 
Engaging with disadvantaged young people by funding Raleigh International’s youth agency partnership programme in the UK.
Headquarters in London.
 
Villiers Park Educational Trust £25,000 
Funding bursaries to enable disadvantaged young people to attend educational courses to raise academic achievement and develop employability skills, helping them gain places at leading universities.
Headquarters in Cambridgeshire.  
 
 

SUPPORTING VULNERABLE PEOPLE 


Carers UK £100,000 
To fund the Carers UK national advice and information service over two years; providing expert advice and support on financial and practical matters for the estimated 6.5 million carers in the UK.  
Headquarters in London.  
 
Designability £25,000 
To manufacture powered wheelchairs called Wizzybugs for disabled pre-school children, which help them to get around with their peers and to learn spatial awareness.
Headquarters in Somerset. 
 
Fledglings Family Services £13,000  
For printing 26,000 copies of a brochure that will help families to find the best specialist products for children with special needs.
Headquarters in Essex. 
 
Mind £40,000
Helping to train 720 peer-supporters and to fund the development of a smartphone application; aiming to increase peer support hours by 20%.
Headquarters in London. 
 
Parkinson’s UK £90,000
To fund the salary and costs of a Parkinson’s nurse specialist in Lancashire over two years.
Headquarters in London. Project in East Lancashire.
 
Phab £10,000
Providing courses on inclusive living experiences and skills for independence for disabled people.
Headquarters in Surrey. 
 
Shelter £25,000
Funding Shelter’s advice service in Norfolk. In 2012/13 the charity saw a 47% rise in people seeking help, and 2,400 households in Norfolk faced eviction or repossession. 
Headquarters in London. Project is in Norfolk. 
 
The Children’s Trust £13,000
Funding the salary of the online co-ordinator of the Brain Injury Hub; a resource providing accurate information and advice to families on childhood acquired brain injury. 
Headquarters in Surrey. 
 
The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home £60,000
Supporting the occupational therapy department; providing residential, nursing and rehabilitation services to disabled veterans and their dependents. 
Headquarters in Sussex. 
 


TOTAL: £842,500

The Major Grants programme is part of the overall £2.5million donated by The Freemasons’ Grand Charity every year.
 
For further information, please contact Alex Hutson, Marketing & Communications Manager at The Freemasons’ Grand Charity on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 020 7395 9385.

Dr Hagemann - Cancer Research UK
CANCER RESEARCH UK

Dr Hagemann’s work focuses on the ‘tumour microenvironment’; the healthy cells and tissues in the pancreas that support the growth of tumours. 

The microenvironment includes cells from our immune system, which would normally protect us from disease. However, in this case they have been co-opted by the cancer cells.

Dr Hagemann is working on ways to 
re-educate these cells so that they don’t support the cancers. 

He believes that this could not only have an immediate treatment effect, but a lasting protective effect against the cancer coming back.
 


ENVISION STUDENT
ENVISION

Envision is a youth social action charity that empowers young people to create positive change. Founded by four young friends in 2000, their programme now engages 1,200 16-19 year olds each year. 

The project will be facilitated by trained volunteer mentors. Participants will explore social issues from racism to homelessness, working in teams to tackle the problems that matter most to them. 
 


Student at the RED BALLOON LEARNER CENTRE
RED BALLOON LEARNER CENTRE

“Red Balloon is extremely grateful to The Freemasons’ Grand Charity for donating £25,000 to our Bursary Fund for places at one of our Centres in Cambridge, Norwich, NW London or Reading, our mini Centre in Braintree or on Red Balloon of the Air.  

“This money is for the fees to recover these severely bullied children who hide under their duvets, depressed, self-harming and with suicidal thoughts unable to attend mainstream school.  This donation will help us to provide more children with a fulltime education and therapeutic support to get their life back.”

Dr Carrie Herbert MBE, Founder and President, Red Balloon Learner Centre Group
 


Ellie with Mum and Grace from The Children's Trust in Hospital
THE CHILDREN'S TRUST

The Children’s Trust is the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury, and they support thousands of children and families across the UK every year. 

Providing rehabilitation to children at their national specialist centre in Surrey, they help them make the best recovery possible. They also provide community services and online support for families across the UK.
 


Chris cooking with assistance from The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home
THE QUEEN ALEXANDRA HOSPITAL HOME

“We are delighted to have been awarded this hugely beneficial grant from The Freemason’s Grand Charity towards the vital work of our Occupational Therapy department in 2014 and 2015.  

“The grant will assist veterans living with severe physical and neurological disabilities, to increase their independence and improve their quality of life. By providing a contribution over two years, QAHH can commit to sustaining the current level of service provision into 2015.” 

Jennifer Hanraads, Interim Head of Fundraising for The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home