Applications for 2023 Changemaking Grants will open on Nov 30, 2023. ( Updated July 28, 2023)


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

The Contemplative Changemaking Grants, of up to $10,000 for a 2-year period, will 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 envisioned as a critical component of Mind & Life’s work to “inspire action toward flourishing.” Through these grants, we seek to 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. 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 will open on Nov 30, 2023. 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

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

The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Convening Faculty, Fellow