The Paristamen Foundation
Standing beside charities with small grants to make a big difference
Registered charity in England and Wales no 326906
The Paristamen Foundation
36 Acomb Wood Drive, York YO24 2XN
Tel: 01904 788885
Web: www.paristamen.org.uk Last updated: 03-03-2013
The Paristamen Foundation is a small Yorkshire-based grant-making charitable trust. The trust was founded in 1985.
The name Paristamen comes from the Bible (New Testament Greek - Paristamen): it means "We stand beside". It comes from Romans 16:2 where Paul asks the readers of his letter to stand beside Deacon Phoebe and (by implication) to provide her with financial support. Although we are only a very small trust, we seek to stand beside a wide range of charitable organisations to support their work.
Structure and Objects
The Paristamen Foundation was established by a Declaration of Trust dated 5 April 1985. Expressed in modern language, the objects are:
The advancement of the Christian faith
The advancement of education
The relief of poverty
Any other charitable purpose not inconsistent with the above.
For financial details, please see The Paristamen Foundation entry on the Register of Charities maintained by the Charity Commission. The charity does not have a permanent endowment, but makes grants from donations received. At present the charity has only a small number of donors, but we are pleased to receive other donations which would enable us to extend our grant-making activity - we are members of the FundRaising Standards Board and follow the FRSB criteria in terms of donations received.
We are also active members of the Association of Charitable Foundations and are active in the Yorkshire Grant-makers Forum.
Our objects cover most areas of charitable activity and we support national charities and local organisations in the Yorkshire region. Please note that we only make grants to organisations (not to individuals). We do not fund local organisations outside Yorkshire nor do we fund building projects of any kind. For more details of grant-making policy, please see below.
Mr Pete Gorbert
Prof Gareth Morgan (Chair)
Mrs Sharon Morgan (Administrative Trustee)
All major decisions including awards of grants are taken by the three trustees, with day to day administration handled on a voluntary basis by Sharon Morgan who acts as administrative trustee. Trustees meetings for making decisions on grants are held three times a year, with occasional additional meetings for special purposes.
Grant Making Policies
We have two grant-making programmes: (1) Planned Grants, (2) Responsive Grants. Any new applications need to be made under the (2) - the Responsive programme.
Because of our size, all grants are modest (generally speaking in the range £150 - £300 although occasionally grants up to £500 are made).
1. Planned Grant Making
Approximately 35% of our funds are committed to our Planned Grant-Making programme - through this we make contributions to national charities which the trustees have decided, as a matter of policy, to support on a long term basis. This list is reviewed each year at the February trustees meeting, and occasionally new organisations are added – but only on the basis of trustees’ personal recommendations. It follows, that any new applications need to be made to the Responsive Programme.
2. Responsive Grant Making
The Trustees criteria in relation to new grant applications are as follows:
This does not mean we exclude any applications involving such work - but if you decide to apply to us for work which involves any of these areas, ensure that the actual aims of your work are clear.
We are more interested in the organisation than the project, and in the final stages of choosing which charities to support, we place considerable attention on the organisation's accounts in terms of conformity to charity law and indication of a well-managed organisation.
Our grants are normally made on an unrestricted basis. We may occasionally support specific projects (there are a few examples below) but in general, where we are happy with the organisation's work, we do not want to force you to set up restricted funds for the modest amounts we can offer. We believe that in most cases your trustees are in the best position to decide how best to use any contribution from us.
Re-applications. If you have already received a grant under the Responsive programme, or if you have applied and were unsuccessful, we will consider re-applications to the Responsive programme only if more than 12 months has elapsed since the outcome of any previous application. The outcome date is the date of the trustees meeting at which your application was considered - this is made clear on our acknowledgement letter. (The need to wait 12 months since the outcome of any previous application, means you will need to allow around 15 months from the date you originally applied.)
How to Apply (Applications for responsive grants)
We do not have an application form – just send a short letter explaining what your organisation does and how a grant from us might help and enclose your latest Annual Report and Accounts (full version - see our page on submitting your accounts).
If it is a new organisation with no accounts as yet, please send a copy of your constitution or other governing document.
If your charitable status is not obvious because you are not a registered charity, please make your status clear - e.g. "we are an excepted charity recognised by HMRC" or "we are established with charitable aims but our income is currently below the level for charity registration".)
If you are a local branch or project of a larger charity, remember we are interested in the status and accounts for the whole charity - not just your group or project.
Please remember that for all applications, our main interest is in your organisation as a whole rather than the details of a specific project.
All applications (apart from obvious circulars) are acknowledged - either with an immediate rejection if outside our criteria, or with an indication that the application will be considered at the next Trustees' meeting.
Although we do not acknowledge circular appeals, we are very happy to receive them and will consider them at the next trustees meeting if they are within our criteria: we do not wish to force those seeking funds into preparing detailed individual applications for the small levels of grants that we can provide.
|Applications should be sent to:||
Mrs Sharon Morgan (Trustee)
If you have a query you are welcome to call (01904 788885) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) – but please note that we do not accept applications by e-mail – they must be sent by post. Please be sure to affix the correct postage when sending applications, especially if you are enclosing documents such as accounts. If we get notice of items for Paristamen Foundation which are under-stamped, we do not pay the excess postage so your application will never reach us!
Trustees meetings are held twice a year towards the end of August and February, with decisions notified around the middle of the following month (September or March). If your application is complete in all respects, including your Annual Report and Accounts, we can normally accept applications up to the first few days of the month of the meeting (to be sure, get your application to us by the 1st of August or 1st of February). However, it is worth applying earlier if possible, to allow enough time for a preliminary consideration of your application so we can get back to you if we need further information.
Examples of Recent Grants
The following are examples of grants made by the Paristamen Foundation in recent years.
Planned Grant-Making Programme
(Please note that even with organisations in this programme which we support regularly, the amounts can vary from year to year depending on funds available at the time.)
Responsive Grant-Making Programme
Responsive grants to local organisations in Yorkshire:
Responsive grants to national organisations (note: a number of these grants were made prior to our current policy of limiting Responsive Grants to organisations below £2M income - we will add more recent examples in due course)