Applications for 2023 Changemaking Grants are now closed. (Updated Feb 19, 2024)


To support the use of contemplative approaches by grassroots change-makers addressing urgent community needs, Mind & Life launched the Contemplative Changemaking Grants program in 2022.

Contemplative Changemaking Grants, of up to $10,000 for a 2-year period, fund small-scale, impact-oriented work undertaken by individuals, community workers, and non-profit organizations that ground themselves in contemplative practices to achieve real impact in people’s everyday lives. 

Inspired by the Francisco J. Varela Research Grants—established by Mind & Life in 2004 to support scientists and scholars conducting contemplative research—the Contemplative Changemaking Grants are a critical component of Mind & Life’s work to “inspire action toward flourishing.” Through the grants, we encourage the expansion of contemplative practices and their benefits beyond the individual and into the community. 

Given the unprecedented challenges of our time, proposals will be encouraged across broad domains, including civic engagement, climate action, economic empowerment, education, physical and mental health, and social inclusion. In the face of growing climate-related stressors, including eco-anxiety and eco-grief, Mind & Life is increasingly interested in nature-based contemplative practices. We encourage projects with a focus on mindfulness in nature and nature connectedness to apply. Our hope is to support those seeking to integrate contemplative approaches into their work as a means of building resilience and agency for their community.

The impact of the grants—and the stories that emerge from these projects—will help to increase visibility and momentum around the role of contemplative practices in promoting positive social change.  

How to Apply

Applications for this grant cycle are now closed. . Please subscribe to our newsletter to stay up-to date about announcements and other grant related news.

Please read the full Request for Proposals (RFP) for more information on project eligibility, how to apply etc.

Congratulations to our
2022 Contemplative Changemaking Grant Recipients

Contemplative Changemaking Grants

The Black Child Flourishing Project

Demond Hill Jr.

Contemplative Changemaking Grants

United with Uvalde

Aproteem Choudhury

Contemplative Changemaking Grants

Intimate Landscapes

Alejandra Grisales

Contemplative Changemaking Grants

Mind the Conflict in Hura’s Bedouin Community

Contemplative Changemaking Grants

Mindfulness Practices for Indigenous Youth

Contemplative Changemaking Grants

Meditation as a Path to Peaceful Living

Contemplative Changemaking Grants

Healing and Resilience after Trauma (HaRT)

Joyce Christine Nakiwala

Contemplative Changemaking Grants

Freedom is being Present

2022 Contemplative Changemaking Grants Review Committee

Wangũi wa Kamonji

Regeneration practitioner


Nirmal Govindaraju

Eikas Foundation

Grantee, Reviewer

Sam Brakarsh

Chikukwa Research Trust


Juan Santoyo

Universidad de Antioquia; Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Grantee, Planning Committee Member, Reviewer

Alejandro Chaoul, PhD

Founding Director of the Jung Center’s Mind Body Spirit Institute

Convening Faculty, Fellow, Reviewer