Ploughshares Fund

Ploughshares Fund announces $970,000 in Grants to Stop Nuclear Threats

The global security foundation’s board of directors awards grants to 13 organizations working on nuclear weapons issues

The global security foundation Ploughshares Fund announced that its board of directors awarded $970,000 in new grants to 13 organizations working to reduce nuclear risks and prevent conflict in regions where nuclear weapons exist.

“The new administration means we will have additional opportunities to elevate these objectives in the executive branch, among newly elected officials, and with the public,” said Ploughshares Fund President Emma Belcher. “We must continue to develop champions dedicated to transforming nuclear policy and ensure the field is fully resourced in support of these aims. Our investments are all working to shape and install a bold vision for nuclear policy.”  

The approved grants focus on a range of nuclear policy questions facing the new US administration. With these new investments, Beyond the Bomb, Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Friends Committee on National Legislation will continue their advocacy for a No First Use policy and work to shift federal investment away from the new ICBM. William Hartung (Center for International Policy) and Emma Clare Foley (Global Zero) were awarded Paul Olum Grants to conduct research related to the new ICBM.

Grants to Civic Action, J Street Education Fund, and Foundation for a Civil Society (The Iran Project) will uplift diplomatic engagement and multilateral solutions to address the Iran crisis, including promoting US re-entry into the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). An investment in 38 North at the Stimson Center will support timely commentary and media outreach on US-North Korea relations. Grants to Conciliation Resources and The 1947 Partition Project will help build public support to move the peace process forward between Pakistan and India. “We are thinking big about the world we want to see, while making sure these aspirations are connected to our everyday policy work,” said Director of Programs Michelle Dover.

Ploughshares Fund awards grants to reduce the number of nuclear weapons, prevent the emergence of new nuclear states and build regional security where nuclear weapons exist. A complete list of grants is available to the public at:

Organizations that received grants at the March 2021 board meeting include:

  1. Beyond the Bomb
  2. Center for International Policy
  3. Conciliation Resources
  4. Foreign Policy for America
  5. Foundation for a Civil Society
  6. Friends Committee on National Legislation
  7. FCNL Education Fund
  8. Global Zero
  9. J Street Education Fund
  10. Civic Action
  11. Physicians for Social Responsibility
  12. The Stimson Center/38
  13. The 1947 Partition Archive

Ploughshares Fund is a global security foundation based in San Francisco, with an office in Washington, DC. Founded in 1981, Ploughshares Fund supports initiatives to reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons. It is the largest US philanthropic organization focused exclusively on nuclear weapons.