Stepping Stones

Our Stepping Stones scheme awards grants to other charities that reduce child poverty by removing barriers to education and employment for disadvantaged young people.

The scheme is one of many ways that Freemasons in England and Wales support young people in their communities who are in need. Since the scheme’s launch, the Trust has awarded over £1.3 million to 63 national and local charities.

Important update about the Stepping Stones scheme


In November, Stepping Stones grants were awarded to ten charities – further information about these grants can be found here.

In April, the Trust will become part of a new charity called the Masonic Charitable Foundation.  From this point forward, all grant-making will be awarded through this new charity, including grants made to charities which support children and young people.

During this transitionary phase, we will not be able to consider any new applications or respond to enquiries about Stepping Stones. Please read our FAQs for additional information.

Grants awarded

Previous Stepping Stones grants have been awarded to the following charities:

  • Aspire
  • British Exploring Society
  • Bedford & District Cerebral Palsy Society
  • Blyth Tall Ship
  • Brathay Trust
  • British Refugee Council
  • CCHF All About Kids
  • Centrepoint
  • Cerebra
  • Childhood First
  • Clean Break
  • Contact A Family
  • Coram Voice
  • Daisy Chain Project Teesside
  • Dame Kelly Holmes Trust
  • Deafness Support Network
  • Depaul UK
  • The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Wales
  • The Eikon Charity
  • Embrace CVOC
  • Family Support Work
  • Feed the Children (UK)
  • Friendship Works
  • Growing Works
  • Home-Start Sheffield
  • Home-Start Sutton
  • Housing for Women
  • Lancashire Mind
  • Mentoring Plus
  • MERU
  • Motability
  • Music First
  • National Autistic Society
  • National Literacy Trust
  • OPENhouse
  • Place2Be
  • Rewrite
  • Sailors' Children's Society
  • Sense
  • SkillForce
  • Startup Online Ltd
  • St Christopher’s Fellowship
  • Street League
  • Teens and Toddlers
  • Thrive
  • The AHOY Centre
  • The Archway Project Ltd
  • The Big House Theatre Company
  • The Cornforth Partnership
  • TheHorseCourse
  • The Haven, Wolverhampton
  • The Roundhouse Trust
  • Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership
  • Trax: Motor Project
  • Venturers Search and Rescue
  • WellChild
  • West Kent YMCA
  • White Lodge Centre
  • Whizz-Kidz
  • Widehorizons Outdoor Education Trust
  • Young Lives Foundation
  • Youth Adventure Trust
  • Youth at Risk