Grants created to prevent the use and proliferation of weapons, including small arms, weapons of mass descruction (chemical, biological and radiological weapons), drones, landmines and cluster munitions. These grants also includes ones on preventing arms trafficking and conventional arms control. This category does not include nuclear weapons.

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$5.0 Million
out of $357.1 Million
for all peace and security

Median Grant Size: $37,184

Top Funders

Carnegie Corporation of New York
$995.3 K
The International Development Research Centre
$968.4 K
Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust
$458.6 K
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
$294.0 K
Colombe Peace Foundation
$250.0 K
Foundation to Promote Open Society
$225.0 K
$200.2 K
Smith Richardson Foundation, Inc.
$200.0 K
Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program
$197.0 K
Caerus Foundation, Inc.
$146.7 K
The Sigrid Rausing Trust
$140.8 K
Stewart R. Mott Foundation
$139.5 K
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
$100.0 K
Skoll Global Threats Fund
$100.0 K
National Endowment for Democracy
$78.3 K
Seattle Foundation
$65.0 K
The San Francisco Foundation
$54.5 K
Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH
$53.1 K
Compton Foundation, Inc.
$50.0 K
The California Endowment
$50.0 K
Proteus Fund, Inc.
$50.0 K
The ARCA Foundation
$50.0 K
The Minneapolis Foundation
$50.0 K
Fundación AVINA
$40.4 K
Euro-Mediterranean Foundation of Support to Human Rights Defenders
$37.2 K

Starting in 2014, the Open Society Foundations’ grants data is reported by and attributed to the individual legal entities that constitute the Foundations. Prior to 2014, grantmaking from these funders are collectively attributed to ‘Open Society Foundations’.


Regional Focus

Strategy Focus

Funding for General Support

13% $666,205 24 Grants = 42%

Sample Grants

  • Stewart R. Mott Foundation
    awarded a grant for $2,000 to Herbert Scoville, Jr. Peace Fellowship

    For providing young people the opportunity to work with nonprofit organizations implementing arms control practices.

  • Foundation to Promote Open Society
    awarded a grant for $75,000 to Henry L. Stimson Center

    For the project "Toward Effective, Transparent, and Accountable U.S. Drone Policy."

  • Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust
    awarded a grant for $112,267 to Saferworld

    For Playing by the Rules: Upholding EU Arms Transfer Controls.