Grant Policy

Every year since 2003, The Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism has made grants to a variety of organizations that support the Foundation’s mission and vision. As meditation and mindfulness have become increasingly accepted in American society, we have been able to further expand the scope of our philanthropic activities.

The Lenz Foundation makes grants to United States based IRS tax exempt 501c3 public charities for programs in the United States. The Foundation does not make grants to individuals or for the acquisition of capital assets such as land, buildings and remodeling of facilities.  The Foundation does not fund film projects.

Over the past two decades of grant-making, we have honed our focus and approach. We currently make grants in these categories:

• Buddhist Scholarship
• Buddhist Media and Technology
• End of Life Care
• BIPOC, Disadvantaged Communities
• Prisons, Law and the Justice System
• Meditation and Mindfulness – Buddhist
• Meditation and Mindfulness – Schools K-12
• Meditation and Mindfulness – Other
• Women in Buddhism

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.

Grant-making, 2024 – 2025 Closed

From May 4, 2023 to September 30, 2023, the Lenz Foundation accepted grant applications for its 2024 grant theme, Women Leaders in Buddhism.  We received over 70 applications covering a wide range of programs. In November of 2023, we awarded 60 grants that will be disbursed throughout 2024.  In order to support the may high quality programs offered, we combined our ’24 and ’25 grant pool for a total of $670,000 in funding.  Starting in mid-2024, we look forward to sharing the innovative work of Women Leaders in Buddhism with fellow grantees and the public. 


We are honored to support the diversity and vitality of Buddhist women’s empowerment.  Please visit the Women in Buddhism page to learn more about our foundation’s longtime roots in this topic.  



Grant-making, 2026

The Foundation will begin accepting 2026 grant applications commencing the 3rd quarter of 2025 for funding in 2026.

Larger “recoverable” grants up to $100,000 remain available for 2024, 2025 and 2026, under the Pay it Forward Program.