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 COVID Pandemic created unprecedented challenges for the Hospice sector across the UK. In a matter of days Hospices had to transform services and care for patients and families facing life limiting disease in the context of the fear and disruption caused by COVID-19. The sector responded magnificently with hospices remodelling services, redeploying staff and increasing capacity to support patients to remain out of hospital, whatever their condition or background.
Over the past year or so COVID has forced many Day Hospice Services to close. Hospices are now looking to re-open and start day hospice services for patients both virtually and face-to-face.
This grants programme will fund projects within hospices aimed at re-opening day care using new approaches to both virtual and safe face-to-face services. This would help to address any urgent needs a hospice might face in delivering its services in a radically changing landscape.
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.
Grants can be used to:
Make better use of technology - building on recent experiences gained during COVID-19, technological innovations offer the opportunity to make transformative shifts in patient-centred care models. However, there is not a one size fits all approach to implementation. Hospices will need to consider a range of opportunities in combination to flexibly meet their specific circumstances.
Projects could include:
- Capital costs for redeveloping a Day Room to include use of technology
- Equipment, marketing/publicity material and resources
- Staff training
- Equipment for patients
- Telephone support
Total available funding in this grant round is £300,000. We expect to award between eight and ten grants in this round.
The deadline for applications is Monday, 14 February 2022 at 17:00. Applicants will be informed whether or not they have been successful in early April.
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 April 2021 Masonic Charitable Foundation/Hospice UK widening access programme are not eligible to apply in this round.
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 April 2022 – 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.
- 14 February 2022 - Deadline for submission of applications 17:00
- Mid-March - Major Grants Committee meet to allocate funding
- Early April - all applicants to be notified of decisions
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.
Freemasonry is one of the largest charitable givers in the country, contributing £51.1m to deserving causes in 2020 alone. Freemasons do not only donate money – more than 18.5 million hours of volunteer work is undertaken by our members in their communities every year. 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 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.