The Earth Monastery Project is a small grant program which forms a partnership between the Abbey and carefully selected applicants who receive resources to complete a Project which nourish an earth-cherishing consciousness and cultivate a vision of the earth as our primary monastery.
Our hope at the Abbey, is that with a combination of funding, community support, inspiration, and a place to share the fruits of your work, this will be another way for the Abbey community to thrive and serve and offer witness to one another of what is possible on the monk and artist path.
The purpose of the Earth Monastery Project is to cultivate a culture of generosity within the Abbey community and to support one another with the resources needed to inspire new ideas. We believe that small, thoughtful, and carefully stewarded programs can make a big impact on the world. Together we will celebrate the work completed and share it with the wider Abbey community so others might be inspired to try similar projects themselves.
For each round of applications, we will be offering up to 4 small grants of $500.
Our program is currently on hold. See previous grant winners at the bottom of the page.
Notification of grants will occur by November 15, 2015 and the work should be completed within six months from January 1-June 30, 2016. Please do not apply if you cannot meet these deadlines. A midway summary is due March 30, 2016 and a final project report by July 15, 2016.
Three main project areas:
- Contemplative: develop a project which nourishes a contemplative awareness and presence to creation. For example through starting a community or church program which teaches people spiritual practices that connect them to the earth. Create a liturgy of lament for the losses of species and destruction of habitats.
- Creative: develop a creative project which draws on the media of writing, visual art, drama, dance, or music. For example, creating a series of artwork, poems, or songs which honor the earth and finding ways to bring this to your community. Maybe creating art out of recycled materials and crafting an accompanying reflection process or in response to a specific environmental issue such as the bee colony collapse.
- Soul care ministry: develop a project which brings more earth awareness to your ministry of spiritual direction, chaplaincy, counseling, etc. For example, finding ways to bring your ministry outside into direct contact with the earth or bringing creation directly into soul caresessions, teaching curriculum which nourishes earth-cherishing consciousness in participants through experiential engagement.
(It is encouraged that projects be a combination of 2 or 3 of these areas, the suggestions above are only possibilities, so you are encouraged to think beyond these.)
Please read these directions carefully. If you do not follow them, your application may be disqualified from consideration.
- All applications are to be submitted by email only. In the subject line of your email, please include: Earth Monastery Project and your name
You will attach the following details in a single Word document. Please be as specific as possible about your goals, dreams, visions, timeline, and budget.
- Description (brief overview of purpose of your project and how it fits within the Abbey's mission and how your project will impact the wider community, please keep this statement to under 150 words)
- Budget (a breakdown of needed expenses to complete the project). A maximum amount of $500 is available per grant.
- Narrative (up to 800 words describing the scope and goals of the project, be specific about the ways it will nourish an earth-cherishing consciousness and awareness of how the earth is our primary monastery, how this project could reach beyond your own specific context, please include how you will know when your project is successful).
- Leader bio (a description of your background and why you are the best person to carry out this project plus any supporting material such as other art you have completed if this is an arts-based project)
- Two recommendations from persons who can attest to your responsibility and ability to complete projects within a specified deadline, preferably from a supervisor and a spiritual director.
- Reporting back to the Abbey Community (at the end of the project cycle you will be invited to submit a description of what you accomplished with your project, what you learned, who was served, including photos to help show the community what happened.) See dates for this above.
- A statement describing how you will make time to complete this project within the necessary six-month timeframe. See dates above.
- Other materials as requested
- If your project is accepted, you will be asked to sign a letter of agreement, agreeing to the terms of distribution of funds. Funds can be paid by check in U.S. dollars or by bank transfer in Euros.
- Please contact John Valters Paintner with further questions!
Applications for each round will be reviewed by Christine & John Valters Paintner, and members of the Wisdom Council. You will be notified of our decision within a month of the final deadline and winners will receive their funds soon after returning a signed a letter of agreement.
How can you support the Earth Monastery Project?
- Help spread the word and encourage those in your community to apply!
- If you make purchases through Amazon.com, use this affiliate link Amazon Home Page and all proceeds will go directly to this fund.
- Consider making a donation to the Earth Monastery Project and Scholarship Fund
Recently Funded Projects
- Monarch Butterfly Waystation
- Dance Alchemy Project
- Youth Chaplaincy Coalition Garden Box Project
- Young Adult Vocational Development
- Sensory Peace Labyrinth
- Hospitality Grounds Community Garden