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Eligibility Requirements


Grants are only made to charities whose beneficiaries are in Nottinghamshire


Charities must be registered with the Charity Commission or other proven not-for-profit charitable organisation


Applying organisations must have at least one year of independently examined or audited accounts; If a registered charity these must be published on the Charity Commission website for the registered charity number you are applying for

Does your organisation meet the criteria for application?
  • Applicants can only apply for one grant programme at any time

  • At least 75% of the charity’s beneficiaries must target one of the eligibility criteria 

Eligibility Criteria

Grant Size

These grants are for charities whose annual income does not exceed £25,000

Grants are ‘restricted’ and used towards demonstrable benefits although one-off project costs will be considered

Grants range between £250 - £5,000

The total amount of the grant requested must not exceed 20% of the total average income of the charity over the last two years, or £5,000, whichever is the less.

Target Groups

  • Children & Young People

  • Vulnerable People of any age

  • Healthier communities

  • Health & Wellbeing for all

  • Sustainable Communities

Areas of Focus

  • Grants can be offered to charities/projects that provide:

  • Mental and physical health support

  • Learning and development, including language and communication skills, social and emotional etc.

  • Support for the whole family

  • Pastoral and advocacy support

  • Access to services and technology

  • Community based activities including improving the local environment

Age Range

All ages.

Grants also include charities providing family support that will benefit a child/young/vulnerable person.


Example Initiatives

  • Grants can be offered to charities for projects that enable activities such as:

  • Educational opportunities such as improving literacy and numeracy

  • Training and employment opportunities such as mentoring and skills development

  • Encouraging healthy behaviors with regards to e.g. diet, activity and wellbeing

  • Digital inclusion sessions to enable people to access services

  • Provision of adaptive technologies and equipment removing barriers

  • Family support such as support and advice for the whole family

  • Psychological interventions such as access to counselling and peer support groups

  • Concern and protection of Community Gardens, Green Spaces, Memorials, Heritage buildings and land

•    Support for Community Volunteers

Example Short Term Outcomes

  • Age appropriate skills developed by the time children get to school or young people enter their first jobs

  • Children and young people receive more opportunities to access education and training

  • Existing services better supporting the physical, psychological and emotional needs of people, appropriate to their age/situation

  • Children and young people living in a healthy and stable environment

  • Are more engaged in physical and social activities through sports and social clubs

  • Have greater access to physical, psychological and emotional support

  • Reduced feelings of loneliness or social isolation

  • Greater knowledge about rights, options and opportunities

  • Older people are better informed about their options and rights leading to greater confidence in choices

  • Increased social and community participation

Example Long Term Outcomes

  • Improved health and wellbeing for all

  • Equal opportunities for all children and young people regardless of ability or background

  • Children and young people having the best start in life no matter what their circumstances

  • Stable, healthy and supported family networks

  • Feel less lonely and socially isolated

  • Improved health and sense of wellbeing for people

  • Established reliable and supportive networks

  • The older population living as they choose in a healthy and safe environment

  • Masonic profile raised among both Freemasons and the public

Common Restrictions

What we will not consider grants for

  • Arts and heritage

  • Animal welfare

  • Statutory obligations

  • Routine delivery of the National Curriculum in schools

  • The sole aim of promoting civil liberties and human rights

  • Political or lobbying activities

  • Contributions towards new build and/or large scale capital projects, e.g. building a new hospice wing

  • Capital repairs and/or maintenance of existing buildings

  • Hospital equipment, such as MRI scanners

  • The support or promotion of any and all religious doctrine

  • Contributions to general appeals

  • Retrospective funding

Charities from which we will not consider applications

  • Individuals

  • Hospices

  • Current active MCF grant holders

  • Umbrella organisations coordinating fundraising on behalf of others

  • Third parties seeking funding. We do not support organisations coordinating funds on behalf of others

  • Social Enterprises, Community Interest Companies or Community interest groups

  • Projects or organisations working solely outside of Nottinghamshire

  • Schools (for routine delivery activities to non-priority groups)

  • Nurseries (for routine delivery activities to non-priority groups)

  • Hospitals (for routine delivery activities to non-priority groups)

  • Churches or other religious institutions

  • Those who have had a small or large full application considered and declined within the last 12 months

  • Those whose previous grant from us ended less than 2 years ago

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If you meet at least one condition of each clause above, you likely able to apply for a grant.

Please consult the Frequently Asked Questions in the first instance for any further clarification, and when you are ready, please proceed to the Terms and Conditions

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