Catalyst for Peace: Grants for Global Security

OVERVIEW: Catalyst for Peace mainly backs local and community peace building efforts, but also supports a few larger, like-minded international global security groups.

IP TAKE: Catalyst for Peace appears to offer multiyear support to the same organizations, year after year. As a result, new grantseekers may have a difficult time gaining its attentions. That said, the extra legwork may be worth it, as this funder also offers both project-specific and general operating support grants.

PROFILE: Based in Portland, Maine, Catalyst for Peace takes what it calls an “inside-out” approach to peace building: “We believe the most affected by war and violence can and should be rebuilding their lives and communities after conflict.” This funder advances its mission by supporting efforts in peace and peace building as well as storytelling, leadership development, and crisis response.

According to founder Libby Hoffman, Catalyst for Peace “see[s] local people and communities not as problems or as victims, but as leaders, peacebuilders, healers, and agents of change.” This funder prioritizes organizations that focus on local communities and their residents. In the past, Catalyst for Peace has funded organizations like Fambul Tok International in Sierra Leone, which concentrates its efforts on post-war reconciliation at the local level; however, the foundation has also awarded larger global security groups like the Alliance for Peace Building and Peace and Security Funders Group.

Catalyst for Peace does not award many grants each year, typically 10 to 15. Save for one or two awards, grant amounts are modest, ranging from $1,000 to $20,000. It also features a small, unpaid staff. This funder does not accept unsolicited requests for funding or letters of inquiry.

PEOPLE:

  • Elisabeth Hoffman, President
  • Seth Johnson, Secretary and Treasurer
  • Alfred Hoffman, Director
  • Cynthia Sampson, Director

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