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Seeds of Compassion

A fund to support the Dharma in the San Diego community


The goal of the Seeds of Compassion Fund is to support the development and implementation of novel approaches to sharing the Buddha's teachings of compassion, generosity and liberation with the larger community. We invite applications for projects that identify a need or interest that emerges from the local community.

The fund solicits projects that are both practical and innovative and that encourage the participation of groups or individuals who might otherwise not be exposed to the teachings of the Buddha.

One example of a project is buying lunches and paying registration fees for low-income youth in order for them to attend a dharma event. Anything that supports or spreads the dharma is welcome. Be creative!

We are primarily looking for projects targeting San Diego County and that require no more than a $500 budget. Your application will be evaluated in terms of funds availability, alignment with Insight San Diego's mission and values as well as clear and realistic goals and outcomes.

Applications are accepted from individuals and domestic organizations. Organizations submitting an application must be recognized by the IRS as tax-exempt under 501 c(3). Awards are not made for fundraising events, endowment funds, debt retirement or lobbying. Insight San Diego may request additional information in order to evaluate an application.

Insight San Diego does not discriminate because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. Insight San Diego prohibits such discrimination. Members of the Insight San Diego Board of Directors, and their immediate family members, are not eligible for receiving Seeds of Compassion funds during their tenure.

Support the Fund

Our Seeds of Compassion Fund is possible because of the generosity of people. We are thankful for the support we receive.

For general questions about our Seeds of Compassion program, please contact us at

Application Instructions

To be considered for Seeds of Compassion funding, Insight San Diego must receive this application. We will send you a confirmation e-mail once we have received your application. Please allow us 3 weeks for review of your application.

By submitting your application, you will be included into our email notification system.

Application Form

  • What is need?
  • How is need to be addressed by project? (Project narrative - what will happen?)
  • Who is impacted? (Who is the audience/beneficiary?)
  • How are funds to be used? (budget)
  • What is desired outcome? (results)
  • How is project success defined and measured? (effectiveness)