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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$44.9 Million
out of $435.4 Million
for all peace and security

Median Grant Size: $90,509

Top Funders

Howard G. Buffett Foundation
$38.1 M
Caerus Foundation, Inc.
$2.6 M
Colombe Peace Foundation
$1.0 M
Carnegie Corporation of New York
$600.0 K
Open Society Institute
$542.3 K
Foundation to Promote Open Society
$387.1 K
Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust
$300.7 K
The Charitable Foundation
$237.2 K
Proteus Fund, Inc.
$200.0 K
The Sigrid Rausing Trust
$195.8 K
Sarah Scaife Foundation, Inc.
$175.0 K
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
$156.0 K
Compton Foundation, Inc.
$100.0 K
Seattle Foundation
$60.0 K
Smith Richardson Foundation, Inc.
$58.8 K
Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Inc.
$31.0 K
Global Greengrants Fund, Inc.
$25.0 K
The San Diego Foundation
$20.0 K
Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH
$19.2 K
Lisa and Michael Leffell Family Foundation
$15.0 K
Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights
$10.0 K
$10.0 K
The Global Fund for Women, Inc.
$5.0 K
Urgent Action Fund - Africa
$5.0 K
$3.4 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

7% $3,066,098 11 Grants = 21%

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.