Lyman Fund

To support individuals seeking to follow their deepest inward spiritual leading.

For initial inquiries, application information, guidelines, and questions, contact:

Tracy Booth
Cell: (202) 262-2563

For application submissions, mail completed application to:

Stephen Cobb, Clerk
179 Avenue A, 2nd Floor, Turners Falls, MA 01376
Phone: (413) 863-9026


Individuals. Members of the Religious Society of Friends are given preference, but applications may be made by any person, with financial need who seeks to follow his or her deepest spiritual leadings. The Lyman Fund does not grant to persons dwelling outside the USA. As of 2015, repeat applications will be considered up to a lifetime maximum of $5,000.


Grants are made for following a specific spiritual leading.


AN APPLICATION FORM FOR THE CURRENT GRANT CYCLE IS NECESSARY as changes may have occurred since the last cycle. Application requirements include holding a clearness committee with members of one’s Meeting, church, or spiritual community and writing an essay about one’s spiritual journey. A budget and references are required.

Deadlines: Applications and letters of reference must be received by March 15 for the Spring and September 15 for the Fall grant cycle. The board meets in April and October for funding decisions.

DISTRIBUTION COMMITTEE: Current Lyman fund board.


The Lyman Fund is a small private fund established to support individuals seeking to follow their deepest inward spiritual leadings. Because of its size, it is able to make only a limited number of grants each year. Donations are welcome and may be sent to the Lyman Fund in care of the Administrator. The Lyman Fund is a 501(c) (3) organization.



GRANT SIZE $1,000 – $3,000 per grant, lifetime maximum of $5,000


Spiritual leadings related to teaching, writing, creating music and art, peace making, farming, meditating, and healing. Grants are sometimes given for attending a spiritually-focused educational program, particularly programs sponsored by Quaker organizations. No grants are given for undergraduate college education or PhD programs.


Grantees have walked on peace pilgrimages, aided refugees, worked in prison, created healing workshops, ministered to the dying, and participated in missions of reconciliation.

Updated 2017-1-12