IYAMW Community Grant Guidelines
IYAMW has amended its community grant program and application process. Beginning in 2021, IYAMW will award one $1000 grant and one $500 grant semi-annually to Iyengar yoga teachers developing and maintaining community outreach initiatives in the Midwest. The purpose of these grants is to support Iyengar yoga programs within Midwest communities by providing supplemental funding for yoga props (e.g., mats, blocks, blankets, etc.), teacher compensation, and other associated costs. IYAMW seeks community outreach initiatives that support diversity and provide a service to low income / marginalized communities and groups that do not have access to yoga teachers and studios.

Requirements to Apply:
- Open to Iyengar yoga teachers affiliated with the Midwest region
- Must be a member of IYAMW to apply
- Community Engagement projects are within the IYAMW region

Grant information:
- $1000 or $500 check written directly to the applicant
- New grant opportunities will be available on a semi-annual basis – previous applicants can re-apply regardless if they have been a prior recipient
- Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed on or after March 31 and September 30.

Categories for Funding
- Funding is available for Iyengar Yoga projects that specifically address these areas:
- Bringing Iyengar Yoga to underserved communities
- Enhancing and supporting diversity among yoga students and teachers

Before completing this application, please take special note of these criteria:

IYAMW Grants Program Evaluation Criteria

Before applying please read and respond to the following:

Purpose/Objectives of the Project:
How will the project affect the community being served? Is the project community based?

Program Description and Activities:
The mission of IYAMW is to fulfill the educational goals of Mr. Iyengar in the Midwest. IYAMW performs its mission by organizing its annual retreat, serving as a resource for those who seek to teach or learn yoga, and awarding scholarships and community grants to allow all, regardless of means or situation, to study Iyengar yoga. How does your project objectives relate to the mission of IYAMW?

Program Evaluation:
Can you provide a follow-up evaluation of your project?
This might be simply asking the students how what they have learned so far and what keeps them returning to the classes, and how they think they are benefitting. You might also consider doing a pre- and post- survey to get feedback from less “vocal” students.

Is it relevant to the project, reasonable and sufficiently detailed? For example, if you are buying props, please list the amount/type of prop/cost and how it will be useful for the project.

Overall Assessment:
Does the project meet a special, specific need?
Will it engage the community being served and promote diversity and inclusion?

Additional Guidelines - Please also read these procedures & considerations before starting your application.
-A final expense report and grant evaluation will be required.
-IYAMW would like to publicize your project on the IYAMW community outreach page to share with the Midwest community. IYAMW may also choose to publicize your project in IYNAUS publications.
-Brief bimonthly project updates are required and will be sent to the IYAMW community outreach committee. Multimedia is strongly encouraged in these updates that can cover aspects of the project that are going well, challenges faced during the project, stories about your experience leading the project, etc. These updates may be shared, with your permission, in newsletters to the IYAMW community and/or on the IYAMW website.

If you need more information before you submit an application or would like more guidance on creating your application, please contact: IYAMWgrants@gmail.com
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