Banyan Botanicals Community Grant Fund

Supporting Ayurvedic Changemakers

Community Grant Fund

Banyan’s mission is to help people achieve and maintain health and well-being through the wisdom of Ayurveda. Our philanthropic commitment builds upon this mission, and our philanthropic vision is to:

  • Help make the wisdom and benefits of Ayurveda accessible to all.
  • Further the education and practice of Ayurveda in the United States.

As such, it is our intention to support people, organizations, and projects that are aligned with our mission, vision, and values. A sample of our philanthropic giving can be found on our Banyan Gives Back page.

We recognize that within the Ayurvedic community, people are doing great work to serve their communities by making Ayurveda more accessible, and that there are those who dream of better supporting disadvantaged people in their community. We want to help make these dreams happen!

What We Will Fund

This year, we will award 2–4 community grants ranging from $250–$2,500 to applicants who share our company mission and our philanthropic vision. Each grant recipient will also receive $250–$500 in Banyan product to help fulfill the project goal.

We fund projects that share Ayurveda with people in need. Some ideas include: 

  • Free or discounted Ayurveda consultations and treatments.
  • Pop-up community clinics.
  • Self-care workshops for disadvantaged groups.

Meet Our Previous Grant Recipients

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.

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.

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.

 

How to Apply

In your video and application, please state:

  • An overview of your project and goals, including how Ayurveda will benefit the community you will be serving.
  • Your need for funds, how funds will be used, and how you will measure your success.
  • Which Banyan Botanicals products will help you reach your project goals.

Banyan team members will review all completed applications. All applications will be judged fairly based on merit, alignment with our philanthropic vision and company mission, lasting project impact, and realistic, attainable goals and objectives for the project.

Submission Period

Submission period: August 5–September 30, 2021
Screening period: October 1–October 31, 2021
Announce winners: by Friday, November 12, 2021

Please contact Erin, our Corporate Responsibility Manager, with questions at: community@banyanbotanicals.com.

Qualifications and Requirements

Applicant must be at least 18 years old and a legal resident of the US with a valid social security number or EIN. No purchase or entry fee required. Business and nonprofit organizations must be established at least one year prior to applying. Please note: If you are not a 501c3 organization and are awarded a grant of $600 or more, a 1099 form will be issued as required by law.

Projects must have clearly-defined goals and a plan to achieve them. All applications that meet requirements will be judged fairly based on merit by Banyan Botanicals. Winners will be required to sign a liability and media release.

Grant winners will be required to submit a short video update sharing impact results within six months of receiving funds.

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