DOWN   MASONIC   WIDOWS’   FUND
Founded 1893
Registered with the CCNI NIC100079


Grand Lodge of Ireland Masonic Charities


There are approximately 170 Lodges within the Masonic Province of Down making it the second largest Province in the Irish Constitution. The Province is divided into 9 Districts, four within a six mile radius of the centre of Belfast and five in the rest of the Province.


There are 43 halls in the Province of Down, each of the 9 districts have a Provincial Grand Steward of Charities, and a Provincial Grand Almoner, who report from Provincial Grand Lodge to the relevant Charity District Committee and then the Lodge representatives report back to their own Lodges. It is a basic method of communication that works very well in this instance.


The Down Masonic Widows Fund is the main Fund which is available to the Brethren and their families within the five Districts comprising Bangor, Banbridge, Downpatrick, Newry and Newtownards.


Other Masonic Charities which are available to Brethren within these five Districts are as follows:



Masonic Boys Benefit Fund.


Give provision for the cost of maintenance, education, advancement and benefit of sons of deceased Freemasons or financially distressed Freemasons.  

Contact:    Grand Lodge, 17 Molesworth St, Dublin 2.


Masonic Girls Benefit Fund.


Give provision for the cost of maintenance, education, advancement and benefit of daughters of deceased Freemasons or financially distressed Freemasons.   Contact:    Grand Lodge, 17 Molesworth St, Dublin 2.


Masonic Welfare Fund.


For Brethren and Dependents In need whose circumstances prevent them being helped under other Masonic Charities.  Contact:   Grand Lodge, 17 Molesworth St, Dublin 2.


Harold McMaster Taggart Fund


The Fund was established by Trust Deed in 1994 to provide one-off financial grants to

worthy applicants undertaking postgraduate level continuing educational studies. Applications are not means tested, but certain financial information is sought in order to ascertain

any shortfall between income and expected outgoings relating to course fees, travel,

books, subsistence, etc.

Provincial Grand Lodge of Down Masonic Charity


The Margaret Elizabeth Daniel Respite Fund was established in 2007, to provide assistance towards the cost of temporary respite care, for Freemasons or their immediate family members.

Contact:    Galwally House, Drumkeen Court, Belfast, BT8 6TB   028 9045 9694              

To Download an Application form on pdf format click here.