Grants to prevent and withstand cyber attacks from hackers and viruses, and more broadly cyber terrorism, cyber warfare, and other cyber threats. Cybersecurity is the protection of computer networks against outside hackers, including government and non-governmental actors.

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$15.2 Million
out of $376.8 Million
for all peace and security

Median Grant Size: $200,000

Top Funders

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
$10.2 M
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
$1.6 M
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
$790.0 K
Oak Foundation
$450.0 K
The Democracy Fund
$413.0 K
Timken Foundation of Canton
$200.0 K
Ford Foundation
$200.0 K
Foundation to Promote Open Society
$191.6 K
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
$170.0 K
Dr. Scholl Foundation
$160.0 K
Wellspring Philanthropic Fund, Inc.
$145.0 K
The Sigrid Rausing Trust
$132.5 K
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
$125.0 K
Carnegie Corporation of New York
$100.0 K
The Pittsburgh Foundation
$100.0 K
Richard King Mellon Foundation
$50.0 K
The Cleveland Foundation
$45.0 K
Compton Foundation, Inc.
$40.0 K
Ploughshares Fund
$39.9 K
The National Lottery Community Fund
$26.5 K
The Skillman Foundation
$22.5 K
The Denver Foundation
$12.5 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

3% $512,518 4 Grants = 8%

Sample Grants

  • Ploughshares Fund
    awarded a grant for $15,000 to Federation of American Scientists

    To support research on modern cyber and warfare capabilities and their Implications for nuclear strategic stability.

  • The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation
    awarded a grant for $75,000 to Association of Graduates of the United States Military Academy

    To support the Army Cyber Institute

  • The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
    awarded a grant for $500,000 to New America Foundation

    To support the further growth of the interdisciplinary Cybersecurity Initiative and to enable New America to expand its conference series, fellowship program, and policy research to include a broader and more diverse network of experts and related content.