We Are Building American Buddhism


As of July, 2019, we completed our grant making allocations for 2020. Accordingly, we are unable to accept Letters of Interest or grant requests for 2019 or 2020 in any grant category.

For 2021, we will make grants (individual or collaboration) based on topics related to the conference we are co-hosting with Naropa University, “The Future of American Buddhism,”  in June, 2021. For more information and to stay current on conference planning, please see our Events page.  Grant requests for 2021 will be considered following this conference.

Policy on Grant Making

The Foundation has established a grant-making committee which reports its findings and recommendations to the board of directors from time to time as convenient.

The grant-making committee seeks the advice and counsel of members of the board’s advisory committee and in its discretion, uses such other sources of information and research as the grant-making committee sees fit. 

New Grantees

In order to receive a grant from the Lenz Foundation, you must first submit a Letter of Interest by clicking on this link. We do not accept unsolicited Letters of Interest via email or phone.

The Lenz Foundation accepts Letters of Interest only from tax exempt 501(3) public charities located in the United States that are compatible with the mission and vision statements of the Foundation. LOIs are accepted at specific times during the year, as announced at the top of this page.

Once a Letter of Interest has been accepted and the grant making committee has issued a request for a proposal, the recipient will be informed via email with the required information to be submitted.

We make grants in these categories:

Buddhist Scholarship

Prisons, Law, and the Justice System

Buddhist Media and Web Platforms

Retreat Centers

Eco Dharma

Meditation and Mindfulness -- Buddhist

End of Life Care

Meditation and Mindfulness – Schools K1 - 12

Support of Veterans, At Risk Youth or    Communities

Meditation and Mindfulness -- Other

Support for Veterans and People of Color

Women in Buddhism

Please note:

  • The Foundation does not make grants for the acquisition of capital assets such as land, buildings and remodeling of facilities.
  • The Foundation favors grant applications devoted to programs that have the potential to beneficially impact the broadest American audience, and which primarily rely on financing from other sources with potential for sustainability.
  • Foundation grants tend to range from $2,500 - $25,000. 
  • Larger “recoverable” grants up to $100,000 are available under the Pay it Forward Program.

Current Grantees

If a current grantee seeks the extension of a grant previously made by the Lenz Foundation, the Foundation will consider the following:

  • The Foundation seeks to avoid being a permanent source of any grantee's funding;
  • The Foundation will review the success of the current grant and take that into account, particularly if there has been only one grant cycle funded thus far;
  • The Foundation will review whether the organization has generated interest from other revenue sources and has a long-range funding plan to keep the program sustainable beyond relying on the Foundation;
  • The Foundation will review whether the percentage of its support for the program is going up, down, or remaining the same;
  • The Foundation will review if additional funding is sought for a larger demographic impact or a wider audience.