Established by the 1996 General Assembly, The Presbyterian Foundation is a trust fund, to which bequests and donations may be added, and from which interest is distributed for purposes as defined by the 1998 General Assembly.
This is an internal grants system, and applicant groups must belong directly to the Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa Zealand. Individuals, overseas or non-Presbyterian parishes are not eligible. Stand-alone trusts associated with parishes may not apply directly. Congregations and presbyteries may apply, as may Co-operating Ventures and United District Councils. They may do so as individual bodies, but joint applications which benefit a wider community will be given higher priority. Joint applications may take any one of these combined forms:
In line with a decision of the 2016 General Assembly, administration and oversight of the Presbyterian Foundation has been rolled into the work of the Press Go board. From 2017, Presbyterian Foundation funds will be administered by Press Go and can be accessed by making an application under the Small Grant criteria. Currently the Board is reviewing application forms, criteria, guideline and assessment processes. Applications will be open during the year and it is anticipated that there will be a number of funding rounds. The maximum grant amount will be $10,000 and the amount of the grant is expected to be at least matched by parish and other sources. More information will be available on this page when applications are open later in 2017.
Note: If an applicant parish is not up to date with its financial obligations to the Church (Assembly Assessment, Presbytery or equivalent contributions to Uniting Congregations of Aotearoa NZ), or with the Charities Register, it is unlikely to receive funding. The criteria and priorities identified above are currently under review and clarification and may be modified in the 2017 year.
Application is made to Press Go on a Small Grant application form. Forms and guidelines for applications are expected to be available no later than July 2017.
For enquiries about the application process, email the Press Go Catalyst Lisa Wells or phone her on on 027 4455 723.
Applicants who have received Presbyterian Foundation grants in previous years are expected to complete an evaluation of their project. You may download the Evaluation Form and complete it at any time, but it must be submitted to PressGo before any further applications can be considered. If there is some doubt about your project proceeding as described in your original application please make contact with PressGo as soon as possible.