Freemasons donate £33 million in last year via the MCF.

The Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF), representing Freemasons across England and Wales, gave grants in excess of £33 million over the last year in figures just released. This does not include the £1 million donated every 12 months by Essex Freemasons in support of hundreds of local charities in every part of the County.

The £33 million makes the MCF one of the biggest grant making organisations in the UK and is making plans to give away even more money in 2017 supporting thousands of independent charities both across Essex and the rest of the country.

“This huge amount of money shows the positive impact that Freemasons have on the local community,” said Rodney Bass, Provincial Grand Master for Essex. “Nearly £700,000 of that from the MCF was spent in Essex last year and when added to the many donations from all of our Lodges then local charities and other individuals and organisations benefitted by almost £2 million in 2016.”

“I am heartened when I see the great good that Essex Masons provide across the County, making a real difference, particularly with those smaller charities that struggle to survive.”

Essex Freemasons are supporting charities as diverse as those supporting the homeless, to hospices, air ambulance, hospitals and medical charities, a huge range of children’s schools and organisations helping those with learning difficulties and much more.

In the next 12 months Essex masons will be working closely with the MCF to help distribute a further £3 million of funding which has been set aside to help celebrate 300 years of Freemasonry. Several local charities have already been nominated for grants of between £4,000 up to £25,000 – monies that will be distributed in 2017.

Further details about these additional grants will be available soon.