Freemasonry has long supported the youth in the towns and schools in our communities. With the steadily increasing number of Matching Grant applications being received, the Masonic Charitable Foundation created a separate grant program called the Youth Activities Matching Grant. Like the other grant programs, this particular grant will allow a lodge to have their fundraising efforts matched by up to $3,000 from the Masonic Charitable Foundation.
There are a great number of children and teens who participate in various sports programs, Boy Scouts and Girls Scouts, academic endeavors, and other projects that either benefit youth directly, or where a lodge can become a partner in a youth project in their town. We have seen lodges participate with school groups in efforts to acquire winter clothing and food for those in need, assistance for their schools, and more. The drive to work, help, aid, and assist our youth can only serve to better a lodge and its members.
During each fiscal year (which runs from April 1st to March 31st), each Lodge is eligible for $7,000 in matching grants – that is $7,000!
The Foundation will match $2.00 for every $1.00 the Lodge is spending with a maximum per category (in this instance Youth Activities) of $3,000 in matching funds.
Lodges can spread monies over multiple grants within the same category (i.e., $200 to support Boy Scouts and $1,250 for the local soccer team) and now Lodges can also do a large matching grant for one nonprofit or community project (i.e., a Lodge can chose to donate $1,500 to a build dugouts and the Foundation will match it with $3,000 for a total of $4,500 for that local project).
Please read the guidelines for submitting a grant application here. Lodge members can apply for a grant by completing an online application (and submit immediately with the click of a button) or download a fillable pdf application (and send via email) or download a word doc application (and email, fax or mail it to the Foundation – all information is on the form).
To support the Youth Activities Matching Grant program, click here to make a donation