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Ploughshares Fund Grant

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Organizations
and Individuals to Reduce the Threat of Nuclear War

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Grants to USA, Canada, and International organizations and individuals for activities that will reduce and eliminate the threat of nuclear war. Grantmaking priorities include building regional security and peace, and preventing the emergence of new states with nuclear weapons.

The Foundation makes grants for activities that meet the following goals:

-Promote the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons: Building a consensus among the world’s leaders creates a global norm against nuclear weapons and increases the momentum toward zero. Along the way, concrete steps to limit and reduce current arsenals must be realized, such as rolling back the US government’s unnecessary, immoral and unaffordable $1 trillion plan to rebuild America’s nuclear weapons that could spark a new arms race with Russia, China and other countries.

-Prevent the Emergence of New Nuclear States: The Foundation believes that, though difficult, solutions are possible through effective diplomacy and engagement grounded in well-informed and strategic analysis. Ploughshares Fund invested $12 million over a five-year period in the Iran campaign, contributing significantly to what many experts consider the greatest nuclear security agreement in a generation. Along with the grantees, the Foundation is now working to protect the deal from continued, politicized opposition. Meanwhile, the Foundation is redoubling investments in work on North Korea. Although circumstances differ in many ways, the Foundation believes that its Iran campaign model can be adapted and applied to help find solutions to the growing North Korea nuclear crisis.

-Build Regional Peace and Security: In South Asia, the threats of nuclear weapons, terrorism, and conflict converge, making it one of the most dangerous regions on Earth. The Foundation’s investments support fact-finding missions, on-the-ground analysis, high-level dialogue, confidence-building measures, policy advocacy and media outreach to advance the transformation of conflicts in South Asia.

The Foundation also amplifies and coordinates the work of grantees to:

-Develop winning strategies that push forward the vision of a world where nuclear weapons can never be used again
-Bring together experts, analysts, lobbyists and activists to create and win shared campaigns
-Build a bipartisan legislative consensus for eliminating nuclear weapons
-Expand the public’s knowledge and catalyze public support for the elimination of nuclear weapons
-Foster innovative sociocultural strategies to highlight and create awareness of nuclear weapons issues in popular culture

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179281

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Ploughshares Fund places very few restrictions on grantmaking:

-There are no geographical limitations on grants
-The Foundation is able to fund direct lobbying programs
-The Foundation makes grants to individuals.
-The Foundation encourages women and people from diverse communities to apply.

Please note that the Foundation does not fund the production of films, videos, books, art projects or the research and writing of academic dissertations.

Pre-Application Information:

The next funding cycle will be for Winter 2019. Our Winter 2019 application cycle will open on November 1, 2018 and will close on December 1, 2018. If you plan on applying for a grant on the Winter cycle, please register your Portal account as soon as possible.

If you are still uncertain if your project will meet the Foundation's areas of interest, please submit a Project Inquiry Form (see Contact Information below) with a brief description of your project. Staff will let you know if a full proposal is appropriate.

To apply for a grant you must first complete the online eligibility quiz. The quiz will take you to an online application. Ploughshares Fund only accepts applications online.

In between the three annual board meetings, Ploughshares Fund staff have the ability to make discretionary grants up to $25,000. These discretionary grants are used to support time urgent projects related to the highest priority funding areas, and projects must have a high likelihood of achieving short-term policy impact. To submit a discretionary grant request, please submit the Project Inquiry Form (see Contact Information below) with a brief description of your project.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Cara Wagner, Program Associate

San Francisco Headquarters
315 Bay Street, Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94133

Washington, DC Office
1100 Vermont Avenue NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20005

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