The Royal Arch Benevolent Fund exists to fulfil three principal aims:
- To support Non-Masonic Charities in the Province
- To support Masonic Charities as appropriate
- To provide grants to individual Masons and their dependents
The fund has Registered Charity status – No.1099086.
The Constitution of the fund delegates its Management to a Committee comprising:
- The Grand Superintendent
- The Deputy Grand Superintendent
- The Second and Third Provincial Grand Principals
- The Provincial Scribes E and N
- The Provincial Grand Almoner
- The Provincial Grand Charity Steward
- Past Grand Superintendents
plus three further Companions nominated by the Grand Superintendent currently:
E Comps David Satchwell, John Hayward and David Mander (Secretary).
The Holding Trustees of the Fund are currently:
E. Comps John Hayward, David Mander, Wade Dimitri, Fred Ditchfield, Rod Hinton and Steven Price.
The principal object of the Fund is to make a substantial donation, every two years or so, to a non-masonic Charity. The Trustees will give preference to a Charity registered within the Province of Warwickshire aimed at giving aid or assistance to a wide range of individuals rather than to a specific group or section of the community. The Chapter Charity Support Scheme, a relatively recent introduction, is explained elsewhere within the Charity heading.
The Trustees always welcome suggestions from Companions of the Province as to possible beneficiaries.
There is provision within the Fund to receive applications on behalf of individual Companions in need, although it is requisite that they should first approach the Craft Charities through their Lodge Almoner.
All donations from Chapters should be sent to the Masonic Charitable Foundation as per the Guide and the Envelope Verification Scheme Form, and confirmation sent or e-mailed to the Provincial Grand Charity Steward.