Chino Cienega Foundation: Grants for Global Security

OVERVIEW: Based in Palm Springs, California, the Chino Cienega Foundation focuses its global security grantmaking on peacebuilding and the aftermath of war in local communities.

IP TAKE: This funder does not award many global security-related grants annually. If grantseekers want to receive Chino Cienaga’s grantmaking attention, they should highlight how their work aligns with the foundation’s mission and how it differs from that of Cienega’s current grantees.

PROFILE: The Chino Cienega Foundation (CCF) was founded in 2003 by Frances and Prescott Stevens and Sallie and Culver Nichols to “[e]ngage in and support educational charitable activities that foster cross cultural and international cooperation that encourage viability of local communities and that promote sustainable natural ecosystems.” This low-profile funder focuses its grantmaking on climate change, environmental sustainability, conflict avoidance and reconciliation, culture and youth programs, and sustainable development.

CCF’s Post-Conflict Reconciliation and Development Program supports a range of organizations that address the aftermath of war in local communities. For instance, the foundation has awarded grants to the Aspen Institute to support the launch of its “Addressing the Legacy of Agent Orange: Declaration and Plan of Action.” CCF has also backed the Fund for Reconciliation and Development for multiple years in order to support its reconciliation, education, and activities regarding Agent Orange, unexploded ordinances, poverty, and sustainable development in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.

While CCF does not geographically restrict its grantmaking, the foundation tends to favor countries located in south and southeast Asia. Most CCF grants range from $10,000 to $50,000; the foundation appears to award grants to many of the same organizations each year. To learn more about the types of organizations CCF has supported in the past, browse its grantmaking page.

Chino Cienega has a very limited public profile and does not have paid staff. Instead, it has a “highly engaged" team of directors and advisers. CCF does not does not accept unsolicited requests for funding or letters of inquiry.


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