Threshold Foundation: Grants for Global Security

OVERVIEW: Threshold’s global security grantmaking tends to revolve around informed policymaking and encouraging young people to become more involved in the peacebuilding process.

IP TAKE: This is a progressive group. Centrist or moderate outfits may find it difficult to obtain Threshold funding.

PROFILE: The Threshold Foundation was established in 1981 by a group of “wealthy activists” concerned with “[e]cological destruction and human suffering.” What started as a small group of people has grown into a global network of about 300 individuals, awarding around $1 million in grants annually.

This progressive foundation’s grantmaking interests include Climate Strategies, Fair Elections, Food and Farming, High Impact Documentary Films, Psychedelic Research, Education and Policy, Middle East Peace and Thriving Resilent Communities. Its global security grants are awarded through its Middle East Peace program. This program seeks innovative Palestinian and Israeli activism that advances the "[n]onviolent transformation of the conflict and conditions in Palestine and Israel into an enduring peace" through the "[c]reation of relationship and community" between the two groups. 

Grant amounts range from $1,000 to $100,000. According to the foundation, however, most grants range from $15,000 to $30,000. Be aware that Threshold makes a decent number of program-related investments, or PRIs, each year. PRIs generally range from $20,000 to $50,000, but occasionally surpass $50,000. To learn more about the foundation’s grantees, download and explore its annual reports.

Threshold awards grants to both regional and national groups. Its peacebuilding grantmaking tends to focus on balanced and informed policymaking with a strong emphasis on engaging young people in the peacebuilding process.

The foundation has a six-month grant cycle, running from February to August each year. Threshold no longer accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry; it issues Requests for Proposals (RFPs) by invitation only. 


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