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The Freemasons' Grand Charity

Start-up grants, activity funding and programme materials; you can access them all thanks to The Freemasons’ Grand Charity.

Local Freemasons can also offer further support for your Scout group, such as providing premises for meetings, helping with governance and advising on fundraising.

In 2008, the Grand Charity donated £500,000 to the Scout Association over five years to help us to develop Scouting at a local and national level.

About our partner

The Freemasons' Grand Charity is a registered charity that donates money to support the work of other charities. They work with charities who offer youth opportunities, medical research, care of vulnerable people, hospice services, air ambulances and disaster relief. Over £100 million has been donated by The Freemasons’ Grand Charity since 1981.

All monies donated by the Grand Charity come from the 330,000 Freemasons who are members of over 8,600 Lodges in towns and cities across England and Wales.

How do you benefit?

The Freemasons’ Grand Charity has provided Scouting with a generous grant to be delivered in three ways:

Start-up grants are designed to help groups open new sections across England and Wales. These help you overcome the challenge of initial funding and offer access to adventurous activities for more young people. Start-up grants are available on application from the Development Grants Board. In 2010, 177 grants were given to Scout groups in England and Wales.

Programme materials, such as Programme Plus, Nights Away, Games Books and Join-in-Jamboree resources have all been produced thanks to Grand Charity investment.

Activity Grants are being delivered in ten locations in 2010/11 across England and Wales to help counties, districts and groups encourage and expand Scouting. This scheme will support a further ten areas for each subsequent year.


267th (Dore) Sheffield Scout Troop, South Yorkshire

With a small start of seven boys, the Dore Troop has now grown to 21 young people and seven leaders in a few months. Future growth is expected from the Group’s Cub Pack. A Start-up grant helped to make this happen.

1st Helston Beaver Scout Colony, Cornwall

Using a Start-up grant to purchase a flag for ceremonial purposes and for growth, the Colony currently has a membership of 22 young people and five leaders. Work continues to recruit more adult support to enable a second Cub Pack to open.

More information

Members can contact Lodges through the local Provincial Office (similar to a Scout County or Area). Find your local Lodge 

Some Lodges are specifically for people with an interest in Scouting and other forms of youth work. They are part of the Kindred Lodges Association

For more information visit The Freemasons’ Grand Charity website

For more information on Start up grants, email the Development Grants Board.  

HQ Grants and Funds to support local Scouting factsheet (pdf)


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