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Charity

Over the years Freemasons have raised many hundreds of thousands of pounds for well known non Masonic charities.

Masonic Charity

PDF document Download the Down Charity Report 2016 (PDF)

There are also charities within Freemasonry that exist primarily for the benefit of members and their families.

Local Charities within the Province of Down:


The Down Masonic Widows Fund

Affords assistance to deserving widows and their families, including mothers and sisters of freemasons who have been members of a Lodge in the Province of Down outside a six mile radius of Belfast. www.downwidows.org

The Margaret Elizabeth Daniel Respite Fund

Provides temporary respite care for Masons, (or their close family relatives) who are or were subscribing members of Lodges sitting within the Masonic Province of Down.

The Belfast Masonic Charity Fund

Affords assistance to deserving, destitute and indigent Freemasons or their families by grants or loans of money or by such other means as best suited to their necessities.

The Masonic Orphans’ Welfare Fund

Advises, encourages, assists and promotes the welfare of necessitous orphans and children of Freemasons, provided they are not more than 25 years of age.

Charities within the Grand Lodge of Ireland


The Masonic Medical Research Fund

Facilitates medical research in Ireland. In the past it has supported research into cochlear implants for autistic children and into renal failure and is presently assisting with research into the causes and treatment of MRSA and other related diseases.

Masonic Havens Limited

Care of the Elderly by the provision of residences and/or appropriate financial and other assistance, so that their quality of life may be enhanced, their independence fostered, and their dignity preserved.

The Victoria Jubilee Masonic Benevolent Fund

The Board may consider a Memorial which has been submitted on behalf of any distressed Freemason who is a subscribing member of a Lodge within the Irish Constitution or any distressed spouse of a deceased Freemason who had been a subscribing member of a Lodge within the Irish Constitution.

The Masonic Girls Benefit Fund

Contributes towards the cost of the maintenance, education, advancement and benefit of daughters of deceased Freemasons.

The Masonic Boys Benefit Fund

Contributes towards the cost of the maintenance, education, advancement and benefit of sons of deceased Freemasons.

The Masonic Welfare Fund

Relieves cases of poverty, hardship, sickness and distress among Freemasons, their wives, widows, children and other dependants who may not be eligible under the criteria of other schemes. Its objectives include furthering the education of such persons by awarding scholarships, maintenance allowances, outfits, clothing, tools etc. to assist entry into a trade, profession or service, or to set up business.

Application Forms for assistance from the above charities can be found the Forms and Publications section.