“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 well-being and resilience in the world and to help Buddhist wisdom reach new audiences. This grant supports people or programs that are connected to Buddhist views, values, and practices. Unlike Khyentse Foundation Ashoka Grants, Trisong Grant projects do not need to be expressly Buddhist, but only based in Buddhist wisdom or practice. We welcome all forms of skillful means and encourage innovative and creative presentations and approaches. Applications may include art, music, theater, dance, performance, multimedia, mental health apps, or other creative ideas. Applications that use traditional healing methods, psychoanalysis, therapy, or related medical treatments are also welcome.
Applications for support may include projects related to depression and anxiety, substance abuse and addiction, prison outreach, end of life care or hospice, mental illness, and work in spiritual caregiving and pastoral counseling.
Applications are reviewed by a committee of mental health and resilience professionals.
The committee reviews applications quarterly, on January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1, but you may apply at any time. Applicants will be notified of decisions within three months of the quarterly review dates.
Trisong Grant awards are generally in the $5,000 range, and occasionally more, depending on the scope and needs of the project.