Stewart R. Mott Foundation: Grants for Global Security

OVERVIEW: The Stewart Mott Foundation (formerly known as the Stewart R. Mott Fund) is a small, but strategic global security funder that’s been concerned about nuclear armaments since the late 1960s.

IP TAKE: This foundation likes to stay loyal to its existing grantees, making it difficult for newcomers in the global security field to secure a grant. It also does not fund regional grassroots organizations.

OVERVIEW: Established in 1968, the Stewart Mott Foundation was created with funds secured through Mott's family’s large foundation, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. Concerned with nuclear war and the global population explosion, Stewart suggested that his father’s foundation adapt its priorities to a new era. That suggestion was rejected, so he decided to form his own charitable outfit, the Stewart R. Mott Foundation. The foundation's areas of focus are: Peace, Arms Control and Foreign Policy; Population Issues and Reproductive Rights; Government Reform and Public Policy; and Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

With regard to nuclear security, the Mott Foundation’s Peace, Arms Control and Foreign Policy program awards small grants that typically range from $5,000 to $10,000. Rather than become a major supporter of any single peace and security nonprofit, the foundation prefers to give small amounts in order to help like-minded nonprofits garner funding attention from other sources. In addition, the foundation's long-term view of global security prioritizes giving to past grantees, often extending multi-year grant support.

Mott grantees include the Arms Control Association, the Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation, and the Global Security Institute. While funding is available to smaller organizations, it is rare. 

The Stewart R. Mott Foundation's door is not closed to new grantees, as it does accept unsolicited proposals. However, potential grantees should keep in mind that Mott’s funding to new organizations is “extremely limited.”


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