My First Grant

Ploughshares Fund is proud to have supported individuals and organizations working for over 40 years to reduce and eliminate nuclear weapons.

Since being founded in 1981, our network of grantees and partners have been behind critical milestones in the history of arms control and threat reduction. My First Grant aims to celebrate our historical impact while also highlighting the pathways forward in the peace and security field being made by our current grantees. Follow these stories – past and present – at or by tracking #MyFirstPFGrant and #PF40th.

Read the stories behind our grantees' first grants from Ploughshares Fund, and their impact on the peace and security field. 

  • Experimenting with 'the bomb'

    If you’ve ever wondered who is really in command and who is in control, Smriti Keshari and Eric Schlosser have some answers for you. Keshari, the critically acclaimed New York-based artist and filmmaker collaborated with author Eric Schlosser on the Tribeca (and Netflix) sleeper hit film, ‘the...

    April 30, 2021 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • My First Grant: International Crisis Group

    International Crisis Group (ICG) is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to preventing and resolving deadly conflict. Founded in 1995 by a group of prominent statesmen who despaired at the international community’s failure to anticipate and respond effectively to...

    April 20, 2021 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • My First Grant: Nuclear Watch New Mexico

    Jay Coghlan is the executive director of Nuclear Watch New Mexico, a nonprofit organization founded by veteran anti-nuclear activists that seeks to promote environmental protection at regional nuclear facilities, mission diversification away from nuclear weapons programs, greater accountability...

    April 1, 2021 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • My First Grant: Cynthia Lazaroff

    Cynthia Lazaroff is an award-winning filmmaker and founder of NuclearWakeUpCall.Earth, a nonprofit organization dedicated to catalyzing efforts in US-Russian relations to reduce the escalating nuclear danger, and to working with people in all countries to move toward a world without nuclear...

    March 16, 2021 - By Ploughshares Fund
  • My First Grant: ReThink Media

    Lynn Fahselt and Peter Ferenbach are the co-founders of ReThink Media, a nonprofit communications and media firm. We are proud to have supported ReThink Media since its founding in 2008, and today their work to build a safe and secure future through media and communications is more valuable than...

    February 16, 2021 - By Ploughshares Fund