Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Kent
Kent Mark Benevolent Fund
The Provincial Grand Mark Lodge of Kent Charity Fund, better known as the Kent Mark Benevolent Fund (KMBF), is a Registered Charity (Charity Number 294182) and was established in 1985 following the 117 th MBF Festival hosted by Kent. The KMBF was introduced to fulfil two major objectives - Benevolence and Charity. The former is focused internally within the order whilst the latter is focused externally.

Kent Mark Benevolent Fund

The function of Charity is there to render support to local charities or worthy causes within the Province of Kent and sits within the remit of the Provincial Grand Charity Steward. The Board of Trustees for the KMBF is chaired by the Deputy Provincial Grand Master and assisted by the Assistant Provincial Grand Masters and the Provincial Grand Treasurer. For the sake of continuity outgoing Trustees may be invited to continue to serve as Trustees.

The Board of Trustees will endeavour to rule on every application within 10 days of receipt. There may be exceptions for more complex applications. The decision-making flowchart for considering applications is given below.

Managing Applications to the Kent Mark Benevolent Fund

Managing Applications to the Kent Mark Benevolent Fund Managing Applications to the Kent Mark Benevolent Fund

In all cases, the Provincial Grand Charity Steward or Provincial Grand Almoner will ensure that all completed applications are stored for future reference.

For further information on how to apply for a grant from the KMBF please contact the Provincial Grand Charity Steward, W. Bro. Brian Ward, by email on chs@kentmarkmastermasons.org.uk or telephone him on 07801 916759.

Click here to download the Kent Mark Benevolent Fund Petition for Relief Grant form

The Province will be introducing a new KMBF Patronage Scheme in 2021 to recognise the support given by Lodges and individuals to the KMBF. The honorifics will take the form of Vice Patron, Patron, Grand Patron and Grand Patron Gold.

The amount required for each honorific is given in the following table:

  Vice Patron Patron Grand Patron Grand Patron Gold
Mark Lodges per Capita £25 £50 £100 £200
R.A.M. Lodges per Capita £15 £30 £60 £120
Members £200 £400 £800 £1,600
Ladies & Lewis £150 £300 £600 £1,200

The Lodge will be presented with a certificate by the Province to acknowledge the level of patronage it has achieved. This achievement will be recorded in the Kent Masonic Yearbook next to the name of the Lodge.

Individuals will be presented with a lapel badge to acknowledge their patronage level. This lapel badge can be worn at any Mark or R.A.M. meeting held within the Province.