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Individuals to Reduce the Threat of Nuclear Weapons

Ploughshares Fund Grant

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Grants to USA, Canada, and International organizations and individuals for activities to reduce and eliminate the threat of nuclear weapons. Funding is intended to prevent the creation of new nuclear countries, build regional security and peace in South Asia and the Middle East, and promote the elimination of nuclear weapons.

Ploughshares Fund supports organizations and individuals working to build a safe, secure, nuclear weapons-free world. The Fund gives grants that:

  • Promote the Reduction and Eventual Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. The Fund is building the common understanding among world leaders that nuclear weapons are unacceptable. Ploughshares Fund help leaders take concrete steps to reduce current arsenals and limit future ones, all to achieve a planet where nuclear weapons can never be used again.
  • Prevent the Emergence of New Nuclear States. Iran and North Korea have been the biggest threats to containing nuclear weapons. The lasting solution will not be a military one. Diplomacy and engagement—always grounded in data and strategic analysis—can solve these problems. It takes hard work and intelligence, both of which require funding.
  • Build Regional Peace and Security. Longstanding and unresolved tensions between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan make South Asia one of the most dangerous places on earth. The Fund's partners work to transform the region with fact-finding missions, on-the-ground analysis, high-level dialogue, confidence-building measures, and more. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 179281

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Ploughshares Fund is unique in that it places very few restrictions on grantmaking:

- There are no geographical limitations on grants.
- Direct lobbying programs may be funded.
- Grants are made to individuals.
- Women and people from diverse communities are encouraged to apply.

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

Pre-Application Information:

The next funding cycle will be for Summer 2022. Applications are being accepted between February 16, 2022 until March 16, 2022.

If you are a first time applicant, you will need to take our eligibility quiz before you can apply.

If you are uncertain if your project will meet the Fund's areas of interest, please submit the online Project Inquiry form with a brief description of your project. The Fund will let you know if a full proposal is appropriate.

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 Fund's highest priority funding areas, and projects must have a high likelihood of achieving short-term policy impact. To inquire about the discretionary grant process and to determine if your project is within the funding priorities, please submit the aforementioned Project Inquiry form.

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Contact Information:

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

Eligibility Quiz:

For questions, please contact Raul Araiza at (415) 668-2244, or via email to

Ploughshares Fund
315 Bay Street, Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94133

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Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;


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