Banyan Botanicals Community Grant Fund
Banyan’s mission is to help people achieve and maintain health and well-being through the wisdom of Ayurveda. We believe that Ayurvedic principles and practices can help heal people, communities, and the world, and we are passionate about making Ayurveda accessible to all.
With our Community Grant Fund, it is our intention to acknowledge and support Ayurvedic and wellness change makers who are serving their communities with community health programs.
What We Will Fund
This year we are opening up our grant program to applicants outside of the professional Ayurveda community, and we are encouraging a diversity of applicants and community health projects as long as the project can be related to at least one of the following Ayurvedic principles:
Ayurveda is a holistic modality, honoring the interconnection of mind, body, and spirit.
Ayurveda is not "one size fits all" but rather addresses health and balance as unique to each individual. As such, it requires the active participation of each person in their own healing journey.
Ayurveda sees the inherent connection between humans and nature.
Ayurveda sees the world through the lens of the five elements and the doshas.
Ayurveda seeks out and addresses the root cause of imbalance, rather than addressing symptoms of imbalance.
Ayurvedic healing is in alignment with the laws of nature, including like increases like and opposites balance.
We will award 2–8 grants ranging from $250–$4,000 per grant recipient. Each recipient can also take advantage of $250–$500 in Banyan product donations to support their projects.
How to Apply
Please be sure to read our Official Rules and Scorecard.
Then complete an online application.
If you don’t feel your project is eligible for a grant but is in alignment with our mission and values, we also offer product donations to support workshops, as well as in-kind product donations to support philanthropic events.
Apply here for workshop product donations.
Apply here for in-kind product donations for philanthropic events.
Submission period: August 7–Saturday September 30, 2023
Screening period: October 2–Nov 10, 2023
Announce recipients: by November 10, 2023
Meet Some of Our Grant Recipients
2018 Rogue Community Herbalism
Rogue Community Herbalism is a team of visionary herbalists in Southern Oregon who offer free and accessible herbal wellness services to individuals and communities in need. Watch this video to learn about the great work they are doing in their community.
2019 Alakanda Ma and the Alandi Ayurvedic Clinic
What sets this clinic apart is their mission, which is to provide Ayurvedic healthcare and herbal medicine to all people of their community, regardless of income. “Our commitment is to never turn anyone away, due to lack of ability to pay.”—Alakananda Ma.
2020 Recipients Olatokunboh Obasi and Amy Branum
Both Ola and Amy are the embodiment of community care, devoted to making wellness accessible and inclusive, especially for those who may not otherwise have access to the wisdom and benefits of Ayurveda and herbal medicine.