Countering Violent Extremism and Counter-Terrorism

Grants designed to prevent and/or counter acts of terrorism, as well as grants designed to prevent and address violent extremism and ideological violence with political aims, including domestic acts of terror executed by foreign or homegrown terrorists and also larger networks such as international terrorist organizations. Grants in this category support programs to create the conditions preventing people from becoming radicalized (e.g., community resilience projects, anti-Islamophobia efforts). Also included in this category are grants addressing the civil and human rights implications of counter-terror programs and legislation.

Select Year

$5.2 Million
out of $376.8 Million
for all peace and security

Median Grant Size: $32,500

Top Funders

Carnegie Corporation of New York
$785.0 K
Foundation to Promote Open Society
$712.2 K
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
$600.0 K
Sarah Scaife Foundation, Inc.
$400.0 K
Smith Richardson Foundation, Inc.
$350.0 K
Annenberg Foundation
$300.0 K
Diana Davis Spencer Foundation
$300.0 K
GHR Foundation
$300.0 K
Ford Foundation
$275.0 K
Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
$218.0 K
Klarman Family Foundation
$200.0 K
Walter and Elise Haas Fund
$140.0 K
Cherna Moskowitz Foundation
$125.0 K
Peace Direct
$74.4 K
Wellspring Philanthropic Fund, Inc.
$50.0 K
The Achelis and Bodman Foundation
$50.0 K
Compton Foundation, Inc.
$40.0 K
The Zellerbach Family Foundation
$40.0 K
Euro-Mediterranean Foundation of Support to Human Rights Defenders
$31.4 K
The Global Fund for Women, Inc.
$30.0 K
The Paul and Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation
$30.0 K
The National Lottery Community Fund
$26.3 K
The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation
$25.5 K
Mensen met een Missie
$23.5 K
Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights
$14.8 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

22% $1,134,439 14 Grants = 25%

Sample Grants

  • Urgent Action Fund - Africa
    awarded a grant for $5,000 to West Africa Network for Peacebuilding Nigeria

    To hold a meeting of relevant stakeholders to strategize and develop short to medium-term coordinated action plans to counter the abuse of women by Boko Haram, with an emphasis on the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls and any future attacks.

  • Foundation to Promote Open Society
    awarded a grant for $200,000 to Center for Victims of Torture

    For the project Promoting Truth, Reform, and Accountability in U.S. Counterterrorism Activities.

  • Oak Foundation
    awarded a grant for $800,000 to Reprieve

    To seek the truth about, and promote accountability for, abuses perpetrated as part of the War on Terror. Reprieve will investigate abuses, and campaign and litigate against torture, detention without trial, and extrajudicial killings.