Berghof Foundation: Grants for Global Security

OVERVIEW: The Berghof Foundation centers grantmaking on development of peaceful responses and solutions to conflict-related challenges.

IP TAKE: Collaboration is key for Berghof. Groups that favor working independently or those that tend to keep their work and information to themselves would be unlikely to obtain a grant from this peace and security funder.

PROFILE: Based in Berlin, the Berghof Foundation was established in 1971 by Professor Georg Zundel. The foundation seeks a vision of the world "in which people maintain peaceful relations and overcome violence as a means of social change.” The foundation intends to work with like-minded groups in an effort to develop peaceful responses and solutions to conflict-related challenges. The foundation looks for partners and grantees that take a collaborative approach toward sustainable conflict transformation through knowledge sharing, capacity building and reflective learning.  

Berghof does not apply geographic restrictions to its grantmaking, nor does it impose grant amount limits. Most grants fall in the €30,000 to €70,000 range, and all have a two-year limit. To learn more about the types of organizations supported by Berghof, browse through its Supported Projects web page.  

The Berghof Foundation only accepts unsolicited grant applications and requests for funding when it issues calls for proposals. Calls are announced on its website. Grantseekers may also subscribe to the foundation’s newsletter for up-to-date information.

PEOPLE: 

  • Véronique Dudouet, Program Manager, Inclusive Conflict Transformation
  • Luxshi Vimalarajah, Program Director, Dialogue, Mediation & Peace Support Structures 
  • Uli Jäger, Program Director, Peace Education & Global Learning

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