FREEMASONS in West Yorkshire are to give away £¼m – to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The Province of Yorkshire, West Riding, which includes several masonic lodges in Huddersfield will make available up to £250,000 in grants to non-Masonic causes.
£100,000 of the total will be allocated to major grants; the rest will be for minor grants under £5,000.
John Clayton, the Provincial Grand Master in announcing the decision, said: “It is fitting that an organisation such as the Freemasons – which instils a moral and ethical approach to life and teaches and practices concern for people, care for the less fortunate and help for those in need – should mark the Diamond Jubilee of The Queen by making available these grants.
“In the last 25 years the Province has given over £2.5m to support local non-Masonic causes”.
Applications for grants, from recognised organisations, must have the support of a Lodge or Chapter in the Province, and will normally be for capital projects or to purchase equipment.
Eligibility for grants will be in line with existing rules and applications will not be considered for revenue projects or to sponsor individuals.
Certificates to mark the Diamond Jubilee will be presented to recipients of the grants at an event to be held at the Royal Armouries in Leeds in June 2012, where the major grants will be announced and awarded.