Provincial Charity Report – April 2019

GRANTS IN WARWICKSHIRE

(Masonic Charity Fund (MCF) Grants Oct 2018 April 2019

Coventry Resource Centre for the Blind (£10,000 over 2 years): A small grant for core costs.

The Charity provides practical and social support to people with visual impairment in Coventry. Conditions that cause sight loss affect older people disproportionately. The charity offers a range of activities to help people adapt and thrive: skills including IT, smart tech, braille & cooking; accessible hobbies including creative writing, music, craft, allotment and T’ai Chi; social groups including Monday Club and Lunch club plus frequent outings etc. They also sell and help with access to daily living aids.

Warwick Sea Scouts (£5,000)

Presentation made by the Grand Master the Duke of Kent, at the opening of their new jetty. PGM donated £1,000 at the opening. The lodges and chapters of Alderson House are working together to raise funds for a new club hose on the same site. The PGM has committed to match fund their efforts from the WMCA and also support an application to the MCF for matched funding. £2,000 set aside in the WMCA grants for 2019/20

Friends of Priestley Smith School (£3,000):  A matched funding grant.

Priestley Smith School, a school for children with special needs had their mini bus written off in a police chase with an un insured driver. Valuation of vehicle did not cover replacement cost. Vehicle was needed immediately as it performed a fundamental part of the school’s external programme.

Home-Start Stockland Green/Erdington (£4,000): A small grant for core costs.

Volunteer-led charity which supports vulnerable families with at least one child under the age of five.

The Project (£5,000):  A small grant for core costs.

Charity seeks to prevent homelessness amongst young people through advice and support.

Read Easy Solihull (£2,500): A small grant for core costs.

Recruits, trains and supports volunteers to give one-to-one tuition to adults who struggle with reading.

The OHMI Trust (£5,000):  A small grant for core costs.

Provides specially adapted musical instruments to people with physical disabilities who may not be able to access music making otherwise. Also provides training to use instruments and raises awareness of lack of instruments available for those unable to play traditional instruments.

Mary Ann Evans Hospice (£12,723):

Grant to fund the Stepping Stones Project, working with the local Crematorium and two or three Funeral Directors in the Nuneaton and Bedworth area.  The aim will be to offer regular drop in sessions for pre and post-bereavement support.  People can attend the drop in sessions as a form of bereavement support or move onto one of the other established layers of support at the hospice.

Hospices in Warwickshire. (£11,500):

Grants to cover general running expenses

Hospices 1984 – 2018

Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust                                                        £ 78,349

Marie Curie Hospice – Warren Pearl                                                 £ 84,643

Mary Ann Evans Hospice                                                                   £ 23,300

Myton Hamlet Hospice                                                                       £112,543

Shakespeare Hospice                                                                        £ 19,050

St Mary’s Hospice                                                                              £105,331

Taylor Memorial Home                                                                       £    1,600

Zoe’s Place, Baby Hospice, Coventry                                               £ 9,906

TOTAL                                                                                               £434,722

 

Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association (WMCA) grants October 18 to April 2019

Roshni (£500).

This project supports women, from a SE Asia background escaping domestic violence. The donation was used to support a day at he coast. The only holiday some children had last year.

Tsunami Appeal (5,000).

This donation was made to the British Red Cross in support of their relief efforts

Warwick Sea Scouts (£1,000)

Presentation made by the Privincial Grand Master (PGM) at the opening of their new jetty by the Grand Master the Duke of Kent. The lodges and chapters are working together to raise funds for a new club hose on the site. The PGM has committed to match fund their efforts from the WMCA and also support an application to the MCF for matched funding. £2,000 set aside in the WMCA grants for 2019/20