In line with our mission we support the practice of yoga in our community through not only the events and online community we host, but also through our Annual Grant Fund. Donations from our events make up the Fund, so this program is truly a gift for the yoga community from the yoga community.
SCHOLARSHIPS ~ for continuing yoga education as recognized by Yoga Alliance. Six need-based scholarships of $200 each are available.
GRANTS ~ to support recipients as they give back to the community through yoga. Two grants of $800 each are available. These grants require each recipient lead 20 free yoga classes for people affiliated with local non-profit organizations.
Prerequisites & Conditions
Applicants for scholarships and grants must be 200-hour Certified and residents in southeastern Wisconsin.
Scholarships require that continuing education classes or programs be approved in advance by oTY in order to be eligible for payment. The class/program must be attended within 12 months of being awarded the scholarship.
Grant Applicants must carry their own liability insurance and assume all liability in conducting the free classes. The classes must be conducted within 18 months of being awarded the grant. Non-profit organizations to which the classes are to be provided can be identified by the recipient, but must be approved by the oTY Advisory Board in advance in order for classes to be applicable. (Meta House and St. Ann's Center for Intergenerational Care are pre-approved local non-profit organizations.) All arrangements for the classes must be made between the teacher and non-profit organization. oTY will supply a limited number of yoga mats and props on loan if needed.
Opening the Doors Stories are required for final fund disbursements. These are written narratives about the corresponding experiences of the grant/scholarship recipients. Templates for these narratives are provided by oTY.
Scholarships will be paid to the student after attending the approved continuing education program(s) as a reimbursement. Receipt(s) and a completed Opening the Doors Story will be required.
Grants will be paid directly to recipients in two installments: 20% once their classes commence and a letter from the receiving institution regarding the specific commitment is received, and the remainder once all 20 classes have been held, which must be held within 18 months of being awarded the grant. A completed Opening the Doors Story will also be required as well as a final letter of acknowledgement from the non-profit organization(s).
Applications will be available in the spring via a link to be published on this page. Applicants may submit the application for either scholarship or the grant (but not both). Teachers awarded a scholarship in the prior year are not eligible this year, but are eligible next year.