Kalliopeia Foundation Grant

Kalliopeia Foundation

Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $35,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit Indigenous Group College / University Elementary / Secondary School

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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NOTE: Grant applications are accepted by invitation only. To introduce us to your work, contact grants@kalliopeia.org.


Reconnecting Ecology, Culture, and Spirituality

Kalliopeia Foundation is responding to a call – a global challenge – to take spiritual as well as physical responsibility for our common home. Our projects and those we support engage with contemporary issues at their root, with the understanding that ecological, cultural, and spiritual renewal are interdependent. We partner with innovative individuals and organizations whose work is impactful and far-reaching, and our own programs are multi-faceted, including Emergence Magazine, the Spiritual Ecology Fellowship, and the Global Oneness Project.


Kalliopeia Foundation envisions a future rooted in fundamental values, such as compassion, respect, dignity, reverence for nature, and care for each other and the Earth. Our work and that of our partners strives to embody the following core principles:

  • Life Is Sacred
    • Honoring all life as sacred; expressing reverence for one another, the Earth, and life as a whole.
  • Interconnectedness
    • Approaching ecology, culture, and spirituality as inextricably interdependent.
  • Innovation
    • Generating creative ideas and outcomes through simple, meaningful engagement with others and the Earth.
  • Service
    • Embracing an ethic of care – the essential and natural aspiration to respond to needs beyond our own.

Grantmaking Areas

We support projects in the following grantmaking areas whose work is rooted in compassion, respect, dignity, reverence for nature, and care for each other and the Earth:

Spiritual Ecology

We fund organizations whose work supports a way of life that is in harmony with the earth as a living whole. We value projects that are joining ecological renewal with the awareness of the sacred within creation, and offer practical solutions in response to the current environmental crisis.

Spiritual Ecology is an emerging field that calls for responses to environmental issues that include spiritual awareness and/or practice. Spiritual Ecology is rooted in the understanding that resolving such complex issues as depletion of species, climate change, and over-consumption, requires examining and reassessing our underlying attitudes and beliefs about the earth, and our spiritual as well as physical responsibilities toward the planet. We are interested in projects from a wide range of fields and focus areas, including but not limited to: agriculture, ecology, law, and medicine.

Indigenous Cultures

We fund organizations led from within Native American communities that protect and strengthen their lifeways and worldviews. We value projects that are safeguarding traditional knowledge, cultivating culturally-grounded leadership, and revitalizing and preserving Indigenous languages.

The majority of our grant support goes to several Native-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit grantmaking organizations who distribute funds to a broad range of mostly grassroots projects throughout the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii. By Native-led, we mean that we focus on supporting projects whose leadership and governance are primarily Indigenous. We don’t make grants directly to federally recognized tribes or IRS section 7871 tribal organizations.

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  • We support U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or organizations with a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor. 
    • We do fund religious and faith-based organizations when their work furthers our mission.
      • However, we do not give general support for a particular religious or spiritual institution or community.
  • We make both general operating support grants and project support grants to organizations.


  • With the exception of a few current long-term grant partners, we do not fund work outside of the US.
  • We do not support:
    • private non-operating foundations;
    • organizations outside the US;
    • large, institutional nonprofits (with the exception of an internal program that may not be otherwise funded: for example, within a university);
    • research;
    • book publishing; or
    • capital improvements.

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