Large Grants

2018 Large Grants Programme

Community Cohesion in Yorkshire in the lead-up to Brexit

Invitation to bid for a £20,000 grant – deadline 31 January 2018

The Paristamen CIO is now now inviting bids for our third major grant: we hope to make a single grant of £20,000 to be awarded by spring 2018 to a charity able to lead a significant project under the umbrella heading of Community Cohesion in Yorkshire in the lead-up to Brexit.

The project should be delivered in the year 2018/19, leading to a high profile conclusion on or shortly before 29 March 2019 when the UK is scheduled to leave the European Union under the Article 50 process.  The project could focus on a particular age group – e.g. young people, older people or seek to work across age groups.  We hope it would extend to a number of communities across the Yorkshire and Humber region (but we anticipate that the focus may be on intense work in a few areas rather than thinly-spread initiatives across the whole region).

Please click here for the full invitation to bid (PDF 5 pages).  The deadline for applications is 31 January 2018, but those considering a bid are encouraged to make contact before that date for a preliminary discussion.

Large Grants Programme from Prior Years

2017: Conflict Resolution and the Refugee Crisis: Paristamen awards £20,000 grant to CAFOD for work in South Sudan

For our 2017 large grants programme we invited bids for a single grant of £20,000 for a project in the field of Conflict Resolution and the Refugee Crisis.  For the invitation to bid (now closed) please click here (PDF 4 pages).  We indicated that the trustees were looking to support a charity with a strong track record of international work in a country or countries experiencing major conflicts, where the impact of that conflict is so serious that significant numbers are forced to flee as refugees.

Ten applications were received: in terms of the regions, one application was for work in Yemen, one in Iraq, two in Syria, two in Lebanon (working with Syrian refugees), one in Northern Uganda, one in DRC, one in Palestine,and one in South Sudan (as awarded).  These were carefully reviewed by all three trustees.  In March 2017 the trustees announced that the grant had been awarded to CAFOD for a short term project working with refugees (especially girls and women) in South Sudan.

We expect to publish a report from this project in December 2017.

2016: Paristamen awards £20,000 grant to Cardiff University for project to engage with Christian Perspectives on Death and Dying

The trustees are delighted to confirm that, following an open invitation to submit bids, the Paristamen CIO has made its first ever “large grant” offer for £20,000 – four times larger than any previous grant.  The award was made in June 2016 to Cardiff University to lead a project on Christian Perspectives on Death and Dying.   A further grant of £2,500 was subsequently made to the same project for the launch of an online resource.

The project is providing opportunities for Christians from a wide range of backgrounds and different churches to explore issues around death and dying, following the requirements stated in our invitation to bid (see link below).  The project is XnDyingLogo led by Prof Jenny Kitzinger (Professor of Communications Research) at Cardiff University together with Julie Latchem MSc, BSc, MCSP as Project Co-ordinator.

Six conferences took place around various locations in England and Wales during 2016/17 and the online resource was launched at an event in London in October 2017.  This provides a wide range of tools and resources (audio, video, slides, guidance, reports) to enable others to organise conferences and workshops that will enable Christian groups to engage with ethical debates around death and dying.  The final report of the project (PDF 2.3MB, 9 pages) is also available here – but those interested are recommend to access the full resource site.

Background: We invited bids for a £20,000 grant from charities with relevant expertise on death and dying issues to launch a significant new project to promote debate by churches and individual Christians on these issues – including the key legal and ethical issues.  For the invitation to bid (now closed) please click here (PDF 5 pages).

Note: Although this award was made to a university, and may enable the team to produce research outputs in due course, our grant is not specifically a research grant – rather the focus is to support Christian activities and events for reflection and discussion on death and dying issues and the development of related resources.

About the large grants programme

Each year we will announce a theme or project area for our large grants, and we would expect to make a single grant of £20,000 within a very specific field.  Details will appear on this page regarding each programme – in general the invitation to bid will be published in the autumn, and the deadline for bids will be late January.



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