Newark Center for Meditative Culture Awarded a $70,000 Grant from the Kataly Foundation

The funds will go toward the general operations of NCMC’s downtown Newark space and for freelance staff

NEWARK, NJ (July 27, 2022) – The Newark Center for Meditative Culture (NCMC), a nonprofit that offers diverse, mindfulness programs to the greater Newark area, announced today that it was awarded a $70,000 grant from the Kataly Foundation, an organization that moves resources to support the economic, political, and cultural power of Black, Indigenous, and all communities of color. Specifically, the grant was disbursed by The Kataly Mindfulness and Healing Justice Program (MHJP), which supports community-based mindfulness programs, teacher trainings, and restorative practice retreats led by and for BIPOC communities. The grant will be distributed in two parts with NCMC having already received $30,000 this year and $40,000 to be disbursed in the next grant cycle in 2023.

NCMC’s mission is to provide a safe space for local area residents to gather to learn and practice methods of meditation, mindfulness, self-care, and self-healing. This grant will permit NCMC to increase the capacity for its meditation classes, healing workshops, mindful movement sessions, and other programs it offers. The funding will be used to operate NCMC’s brick-and-mortar space located in downtown Newark and to hire freelance contractors to support volunteer staff. This is the second grant that NCMC receives from MHJP. The first grant awarded in 2021 was to fund NCMC’s BIPOC Mindfulness Retreat in Nature that was held successfully in June of 2022 with 28 participants attending the three-day program.

“We are very grateful for the generous support of the Kataly Foundation,” said Ib’nallah S. Kazi, Spiritual Director of the Newark Center for Meditative Culture. “The Kataly Mindfulness and Healing Justice grant will directly impact local residents and will help us educate them about mindfulness and meditation techniques that will positively impact their lives.”

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About Newark Center for Meditative Culture (NCMC)
Newark Center for Meditative Culture (NCMC) is a New Jersey 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides transformative programs to the Greater Newark Area and beyond. NCMC aims to be an inclusive community center that provides connection, empowerment, and resources for all people who seek a purposeful, conscientious lifestyle within a spiritual context. NCMC’s mission is to provide a safe space where like-minded people can gather to learn and practice methods of meditation, mindfulness, self-care, and self-healing and to become intentionally engaged together as changemakers within our multicultural and diverse population.

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