Schools, village halls and research organisations across Yorkshire have been honoured with New Year grants from the Freemasons totalling £28,950.
A total of 19 organisations, from North, West and South Yorkshire have received donations ranging from £500 and £5,000 via the Province of Yorkshire West Riding’s Provincial Grand Master’s (PGM) Fund.
Every year this fund – which has been supporting community organisations since 1987 – awards grants totalling £200,000. Nominees are selected by individual Masonic Lodges with grants presented four times a year.
Those to benefit from the latest round of grant giving include:
· St George's Crypt – a charity giving care and support for homeless, destitute and disadvantaged in Leeds, received £5,000 towards buying an industrial washer/drier machine
· The PPR Foundation, based at Leeds University doing research into brain tumours, have received £3,000 towards buying a Semidry Blotter and a laptop computer
· Cullingworth Village Hall Management Committee Ltd has received £3,000 to be used towards fitting out a kitchen in the new village hall
· Baildon C of E Primary School has been given £2,500 to replace current condemned Trim Trail with new
· Paperworks – which provides educational and vocational training for those with learning/physical disabilities in Harrogate, has received £2,500 towards buying a “talking mat” and Macbook
David S Pratt, The Provincial Grand Master of the Province of Yorkshire West Riding, said: “As ever it gives me much pride to award these grants to different organisations and charities across our Province.
“They say that charity begins at home, and these recipients, who are all based within our region, have been nominated by either a local lodge or chapter.
“Thanks to the generosity of individual members, we continue to be able to administer these grants on a quarterly basis, and these 19 different organisations are having an excellent start to 2019.”
The Province of Yorkshire West Riding is based on the old West Riding, geographically ranging from Sheffield in the South to Ripon in the North and Goole in the East to Waddington in the West.