The Hewlett Foundation’s Nuclear Security Program was established in 2008, and during its years of operation, its reached some pretty big milestones. Earlier this year, the foundation announced that it would wind down its Nuclear Security program, and as the calendar ticks down toward December, the end is definitely nigh for Hewlett funding of nuclear security organizations that have relied on the foundation in the past. Although nuclear security remains a global concern, Hewlett has shifted its focus on the decidedly 21st century issue of cyber-security.
That said, with close to $2.1 million in nuclear security grants made so far this year, the foundation’s nuke funding hasn’t exactly fallen off a cliff in its last year of operation. Comparatively, last year Hewlett awarded $3.6 million in nuclear security grants, with a $1 million chunk of that funding going to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Over the course of the last year, Hewlett has stuck with its "seek and fund" process, so it hasn’t been accepting any inquiries. This may be a source of frustration for nuclear security organizations that have been trying to crack Hewlett’s funding code. The majority of the organizations on this year’s grant list are repeats from years past, including the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation.
Hewlett recently awarded a $59,000 grant to the center to help out with its governance and “transition challenges.” This is the second grant the Foundation has awarded to the center this year. In March, it made a $150,000 grant toward the center’s general operating support, referring to it as “renewed support.”
So what type of transition challenges does $59,000 cover? We couldn’t say, and neither Hewlett, nor the Center are talking about it either.