HAND UP PROGRAM
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 who is, or was at the time of his death, a member in good standing.
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.
Contact a Secretary from an Illinois Lodge of your choice and request a Lodge Endorsement form to be completed on behalf of the applicant(s). Endorsement Form completion details are located on the Lodge Endorsement Form.
If need help with finding Lodge Secretary’s contact information, call or email IMCAP for assistance.
What to Expect After Applying:
Your application will be reviewed by the IMCAP Director.
A phone conference to learn more about your needs will be scheduled with the IMCAP Director.
May be provided referrals to relevant services related to needs.
Your application will be presented to the Board of Managers to determine assistance plan during the monthly meeting.
If your requests needs immediate attention, the request will be presented to the Board Chairman.
The decision about providing assistance will be communicate to via phone or email.
Lodge’s Role in the Application Process:
The applicant or their parent/guardian will request a Lodge Endorsement from the Secretary as part of the application process.
The Secretary may request the applicant to send a Lodge Endorsement form with the Application Information and masonic Affiliation Sections completed.
The Secretary will sign and date the Lodge Endorsement form then send to IMCAP.
If the Lodge Secretary is not able to fulfil this role, the Worshipful Master may handle.
The decision about providing assistance will be communicate to the Secretary via email.