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Ploughshares Fund Grant

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Organizations and
Individuals to Reduce the Threat of Nuclear Weapons

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

The Fund gives grants that:

  • Promote the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. Building a consensus among the world’s leaders creates a global norm against nuclear weapons and increases the momentum toward zero. Along the way, concrete steps to limit and reduce current arsenals must be realized, such as rolling back the US government’s unnecessary, immoral and unaffordable $1 trillion plan to rebuild America’s nuclear weapons that could spark a new arms race with Russia, China, and other countries. 
  • Prevent the Emergence of New Nuclear States. The Fund believes that, though difficult, solutions are possible through effective diplomacy and engagement grounded in well-informed and strategic analysis. Ploughshares Fund invested $12 million over a five-year period in its Iran campaign, contributing significantly to what many experts consider the greatest nuclear security agreement in a generation. Along with its grantees, the Fund is now working to protect the deal from continued, politicized opposition. Meanwhile, it is redoubling investments in its work on North Korea. Although circumstances differ in many ways, the Fund believes that the Iran campaign model can be adapted and applied to help find solutions to the growing North Korea nuclear crisis.
  • Build Regional Peace and Security. In South Asia the threats of nuclear weapons, terrorism and conflict converge, making it one of the most dangerous regions on Earth. The Fund's investments support fact-finding missions, on-the-ground analysis, high-level dialogue, confidence-building measures, policy advocacy and media outreach to advance the transformation of conflicts in South Asia.

For more information on funding priorities, see

GrantWatch ID#:

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.

Ploughshares Fund is committed to supporting women-led organizations and projects in its funding priorities and opening the field to and amplifying diverse voices working on these issues. For more information, see

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 Winter 2020. Applications are being accepted between November 1, 2019 until December 2, 2019. If you plan on applying for a grant on the Winter cycle, please register your Portal account as soon as possible.

If you are uncertain if your project will meet the Fund's areas of interest, please submit a brief description of your project at 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 a brief description of your project at the Project Inquiry link above.

Contact Information:

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

Eligibility quiz and online application portal:

If you have question, please contact: Raul Araiza at (415) 668-2244, or via email to

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

Phone: 415.668.2244
Fax: 415.668.2214

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