Peace Development Fund: Grants for Human Rights

OVERVIEW: The Peace and Development Fund awards grant to groups that address the root causes of social, environmental and economic injustice.

IP TAKE: This funder focuses on supporting smaller, local rights groups with budgets of less than $250,000.

PROFILE: The Peace Development Fund (PDF) has been around since 1981, when it was established by a small group of donor activists who shared a “[c]ommon vision of funding social justice and peace through a public foundation.” PDF views peace as more than just the absence of conflict. For the PDF, peace occurs as the "[p]resence of equitable relationships among people, nations, and the environment." The foundation cites community projects that “[p]romote a more just, non-violent society,” as the center of its grantmaking program.

PDF makes grants through its Community Organizing Grants program, which funds organizations in the U.S., Haiti and Mexico. The program funds local movements that drive social change at the local level by connecting local rights and justice issues with the larger need for systematic change. One of six programs, the PDF also funds Community Organization grants to groups that address oppression in various forms by creating new organizational structures to promote peaceful and sustainable communities.  

PDF typically awards grants in the $2,500 to $10,000 range over a one-year period, rather than several years. The PDF accepts unsolicited grant applications only from Jan. 1 to Feb. 1. Decisions for Community Organization grant awards take from four to five months. Also note that PDF does recommend rights groups for funding through its Donor Advised, Community Advised, and Designated Grantmaking.


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