Hand Up


Assists with providing:

  • One-time only funds for specialized technology and adaptive equipment.  

  • Short-term professional services for speech, hearing, physical, emotional, and nutritional challenges and/or learning needs.

  • Cost of after school programs, tutoring, testing, and trainings.

To qualify, the applicant needs to:

  • Be 21 years old or under.

  • Have an Illinois Master Mason relative in good standing, who is living or deceased.

  • Need must be relevant to the overall development and well-being of the applicant

  • Needs are not covered by insurance or other financial/service resources

How to Apply:

A parent or legal guardian must complete an application for the child or young adult. Applicants 18 or older may complete the application themselves.

  • Complete a paper-version or online applications.  

  • The child/young adult applicant(s) must have an identified need detailed in the application.

  • Sign the Compliance Agreement and Release of Information Sections.

  • Send completed application by mail or fax to: (217) 529-0242 or IMCAP, 2866 Via Verde, Springfield, IL 62703.

What to Expect After Applying:

  • Your application will be reviewed by the IMCAP Director (Director).

  • A phone conference to learn more about your needs will be scheduled with an IMCAP staff member.

  • The IMCAP staff member may provide referrals to relevant services related to the needs.

  • The Director will prepare a Request Report based on information from the application and conference calls

  • The Request Report will not contain the names of the applicants, parents/guardians or Illinois Master Mason relative.

  • The Director will present the Request Report to the Board of Managers to determine assistance plan during the monthly Board meeting.

  • If your requests needs immediate attention, the Director will present the Request Report to the Board Chairman.

  • The decision about providing assistance will be communicate to via phone or email.

Lodge’s Role in the Application Process:

  • Educate members and member’s family about the Hand Up service.

  • Make referrals to the IMCAP Director for children or young adults who could benefit from the service.