Masonic Charities

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The Freemasons' Grand Charity

The Grand Charity was established by the United Grand Lodge of England and started operation on 1 January 1981. It took over from the Board of Benevolence the functions of relieving individual petitioners and making donations to Masonic and non-masonic charities. It is considered to be second only to the Lottery as a charity in England and has a reputation for providing donations among the first to international calamities.
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The Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys

To relieve poverty and advance the education of children of Masonic family and when funds permit support other children in need. In the mid-1980's two national charities were brought together to form this Charitable Trust. Both charities, the Boys and Girls, were formed in the late 1700's. The Girls School at Rickmansworth is a boarding School and the Boys school was sold in 1977 and the money rasised was, and still is used for supporting boys at whatever school is best suited to their needs.
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The Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution.

The RMBI seeks to offer high quality care support and assistance to older Freemasons and their dependants. The RMBI is a major provider of high quality services for older people throughout England and Wales with accommodation for over 1000 older Freemasons and their dependants in their homes.
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The Masonic Samaritan Fund

The MSF was established in 1980 to take on the role of the Samaritan Fund at the Royal Masonic Hospital. Since the Hospital was closed and sold it has been the only central Masonic Charity that funds the provision of medical care and support. The support it provides has developed in keeping with the evolving needs of Freemasons' and their dependants.
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Freemasonry Cares

Freemasonry Cares is a joint initiative of the Central Masonic Charities. Freemasonry Cares helps Freemasons, their families and dependants who have a financial, healthcare or family need, to access a range of services available to them.
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The Middlesex Province Relief Fund

This fund was set up in 2003 with the proceeds from the sale of the Princess Alexandra Home. An application form is available on the Provincial Web Site or can by emailed or posted to you on application on request. The Trustees of the Charity are able to reach a decision about grants very quickly and often a grant is made to relieve severe financial distress whilst an application is being made to the Grand Charity for a Masonic Relief Grant. Requests for Grants for non-Masonic requests recieved through the Provincial Almoner are also considered by the Trustees and three applications made during the year resulted in grants to worthy causes.

The Trustees will consider applications for assistance with living expenses for undergraduates with Middlesex connections. One of the young people that the MPRF was assisting at Trinity College Dublin graduated during the year and ere are now no such assistance grants being made. The number of applications has fallen again during the past year and Freemasons or their dependants ae urged to make applications through the Provincial Grand Almoner.

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