Thousands of people have experienced the healing benefits of yoga through the charitable efforts of the Jonathan P. Schwartz Teaching for Diversity Fund (Schwartz TFD) since the fund’s inception in 2001. Schwartz TFD grants have provided seed funding, stipends, and supplies for graduates of the Kripalu Schools. Grant recipients are bringing yoga, yoga therapy, mindful outdoor leadership, or Ayurvedic practices to diverse populations including students in Title 1 schools, ethnic minorities, and individuals who are socially, economically, and physically challenged.

Award Philosophy: Kripalu aims to direct Schwartz TFD funds to projects that will benefit as many people in as many places as possible. It’s our hope that these seed grants will help launch initiatives that become self-sustaining in time. To that end, grant amounts generally range from $1,000 to $4,000, allowing for more grants to more projects. Schwartz TFD does not make multi-year commitments, but grant recipients are welcome to apply for a second year of funding if they demonstrate successful outcomes in Year 1. Second-year grants are limited to $2,500.

Applications for the 2020 award year will be accepted from January 1, 2020, through March 31, 2020. Award notifications will be made no later than April 30, 2020.

Apply now.

Eligibility checklist

  • Graduate of a Kripalu School of Yoga, Ayurveda, Integrative Yoga Therapy, or Mindful Outdoor Leadership training
  • Well-established relationship with the program host organization
  • Plans for long-term sustainability of the program in place
  • Experience/training specific to the population
  • Only US based projects are eligible
  1. Complete an online application from January 1, 2020, through March 31, 2020. Applications must be submitted electronically.
  2. Obtain and submit a letter from the organization you will be working with confirming they will be hosting your classes and their support of your plan for sustainability of the program.
  3. If you are requesting funding for supplies, provide an estimate with pricing of the supplies you plan to purchase.
    Tip: Price out products from the store or website where you plan to purchase your supplies—this way you will receive the correct amount of funding in your grant award.
  4. Send the above documents to tfd@kripalu.org with “TFD” and your name in the subject line.
  5. Contact the program administrator if you have questions regarding the eligibility of your application.

Grant Award Process

  1. You will receive a confirmation via email once we receive your application.
  2. Applications for the 2020 award year will be reviewed by an advisory committee beginning on April 1, 2020. Applicants will receive an award decision no later than April 30, 2020.
  3. If approved, you will receive an award notification by email with the final grant amount and the required documents you need to submit once your program is completed.
  4. You will also be notified if your application is denied.

Once your application has been approved and you have completed your program, you must submit the following materials:

  • Host Organization Survey
    This form must be completed by an administrator at the organization where your program is hosted. Grant recipients/host organizations who do not complete the survey within the grant year will be ineligible for future TFD grants.
  • Grant Recipient Survey
    This form must be completed by you. Grant recipients/host organizations who do not complete the survey within the grant year will be ineligible for future TFD grants.
  • Completed and signed W-9 Form
  • Letter of acknowledgment from your host organization verifying completion of the number of classes agreed upon
  • Photos (optional)
  • Release and Consent Forms (if photos are submitted)
  • Receipts for any supplies that were purchased using designated TFD funds
  • Please send your success stories to tfd@kripalu.org.

Jonathan P. Schwartz was a businessman, yogi, and longtime Kripalu guest. He loved Kripalu, and he believed deeply in investing in people and projects aimed at delivering yoga to people and places who might not get it otherwise. He and his wife Marcella Fischer were among the first donors to TFD, and his family continues to support the program in Jonathan’s memory.

Contact Information

Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health
Teaching for Diversity
PO Box 309
Stockbridge, MA 01262

Questions about the grant award process? Contact us at tfd@kripalu.org.