SPECIAL GRANTS PROGRAMS
The Masonic Foundation of Nova Scotia is a Registered Charity which designs programs that provide charitable acts for a large number of communities in Nova Scotia. Programs such as the Shared Funds and the Bursary Program require that a Lodge or District contribute financially to the cause they wish to sponsor. In order to qualify for funding, each program has due dates and guidelines that must be met.
The Special Grant Program is different in a number of details and expanded upon here:
What is the Special Grant Program? Special Grants of Charity must be on a larger scale, covering a county wide to a province wide territory. Most importantly, the projects must meet our Masonic Principals of Charity. The Special Grant Program requires no financial participation from a Lodge or District and proposals submitted must be for a registered charitable organization in Nova Scotia that provides a service.
How to Apply for a Special Grant. Proposals for funding can only be submitted by a Master Mason. Proposals from a Master Mason are submitted to his Lodge or Masonic District Association for consideration. Proposals that are approved by the Lodge or District become applications when completed on the required form. Special Grants applications, when completed, require the Worshipful Master’s or District Deputy’s signature.
A Registered Charitable Organization may apply as well to a Lodge or District for this Special Grant via a Master Mason. If the Lodge or District decides to support the proposal an application will be submitted.
Applications for Special Grants are available in the download section.
When to Apply for a Special Grant. Applications for Special Grants can be submitted to the Secretary of the Masonic Foundation of Nova Scotia at any time during the year. The application for funding will be decided at the next Board of Directors meeting.
Examples of Special Grant Funding: We supported the “Believing is Seeing Program” (to assist in the purchase of a Spectralis OCT Diagnostic Scanner at the Queen Elizabeth II eye care clinic), the Boy Scout Provincial Camp (a one-time grant for repairs to camp buildings damaged by Hurricane Juan), the Big Brothers, Big Sisters In School Mentoring Program (providing start up funds and support for 10 years), the Colchester Hospice Society and many more organizations. Currently we are sponsoring “The Learning Centre for Children” which will be supported over many years.
ONE OF OUR SPECIAL GRANT PROJECTS
“THE LEARNING CENTRE FOR CHILDREN”
The Learning Centre for Children commenced operations in September 2006 to deliver remedial tutoring to children who have been formally identified as having a learning disability know as dyslexia. The Centre is operated by members from a number of the Masonic Lodges in the Halifax-Dartmouth Metropolitan Area.
Dyslexia is a neurologically based, often inherited, disorder which interferes with the acquisition and processing of language. It varies in degree of severity among individuals and is present to some degree in 15% of our population. It is not curable but can be overcome through appropriate remediation.
The remedial tutoring at the Learning Centre for Children Halifax is being delivered by volunteers who have been trained in the Orton-Gillingham method of remediation, a structured, sequential, phonemic, directly taught and multi-sensory approach. The effectiveness of this approach has been overwhelming. Parents speak of growing confidence and increased self-esteem in their children; reluctant, clock-watching readers have become ones who will ask to read “just one more chapter” and children come to the Centre bearing books and telling of their reading adventures.
Each child in the program receives two one hour tutoring sessions each week, during the period that roughly equates to the public school year, and takes three years to complete. The tutoring sessions take place in the late afternoon and early evening to avoid interfering with normal school attendance. The remedial tutoring is provided at no cost to the families of those children enrolled at the Centre.
The Halifax Learning Centre is the largest of the Centres now being operated by Freemasons at eight locations across Canada, stretching from Vancouver to Halifax. Each Centre is incorporated as a not for profit entity, is a registered charity under the Income Tax Act (Canada), and utilizes a Program developed by the Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation of Canada under a license agreement.
This is truly an example of “Freemasons helping Children.”