“The sutras, the shastras, and our teachings have such wealth on how to assist people and how to help them make their minds resilient and their emotions manageable.
We Buddhists already have our path—we have view, we have meditation, we have structure. But there are a lot of people who don’t have any of this, and they might need some assistance in making their emotions manageable and their minds resilient.”
— Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
Khyentse Foundation Trisong Grants aim to identify and support organizations and individuals who are working to promote mental health and well-being in the world. Grants are intended to help develop programs that are grounded in the principles of kindness and compassion. Although projects don’t need to be expressly Buddhist, they should share in values that alleviate suffering and strengthen both physical and mental health.
We encourage applications for projects related to depression, anxiety, substance abuse and addiction, prison outreach, domestic violence, end-of-life care or hospice, mental illness, spiritual caregiving and pastoral counseling, and psychosocial education.
We welcome disciplines and methods that offer innovative and practical approaches to the complete range of factors contributing to basic well-being. These may include traditional healing practices, psychotherapy, and related medical treatments as well as creative proposals using art, dance, theater, music, multimedia, and tech-based solutions like health apps.
Applications are reviewed by a committee of mental health and resilience professionals.
KF accepts Trisong Grant applications twice a year, from March 1 to 31 and from September 1 to 30. Applications are due by midnight Eastern Time on the last day of the application period and late submissions will not be accepted
Trisong Grant awards are generally in the $5,000 range, and occasionally more, depending on the scope and needs of the project.