Peacebuilding Grant Program

The Rockefeller Brothers Fund

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Peacebuilding

Applicant type: Government Entity, Nonprofit, Indigenous Group

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: Preferred: Afghanistan; Iran, Islamic Republic Of; Israel; Palestine, State of Other eligible locations: Armenia; Azerbaijan; Bahrain; Cyprus; Egypt Show all

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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Note: Staff members actively identify organizations that are well-positioned to meet programmatic goals. While we remain open to unsolicited requests, applicants should be aware that the likelihood of an unsolicited request becoming a grant is low.

Peacebuilding Program

Numerous and complex factors drive threats to global peace and security. From crises of governance between nation states and their citizens to environmental threats, weapons flows, and violent conflict—the effects of which transcend borders—the magnitude of today’s challenges requires systemic approaches. In light of unchecked xenophobic nationalism, the mass displacement of people, and weakening multilateral institutions, civil society has a critical role to play. A new generation of leaders is urgently needed to adapt existing frameworks for conflict transformation to address human security needs.

As the world evolves rapidly toward a multipolar reality in which a growing array of actors pursue their interests from positions of political and economic power, multilayered strategies are needed to create the conditions for just and durable peace. Local communities are best placed to diffuse conflict and mediate its prevention and resolution. Policy choices in the United States and other influential countries also remain critical to correcting the structural inequities and injustices that drive and exacerbate conflict. As isolationist tendencies and pressures on transnational alliances grow, promoting local resiliency and strengthening effective mechanisms for international and regional policy collaboration are essential for promoting nonviolence and cultivating peace.

The Fund believes that conflict transformation requires long-term strategic investments and a diverse constellation of actors to advance justice and equality. The Peacebuilding program aspires, therefore, to strengthen grassroots constituencies for peace and to promote innovative policy efforts that address drivers of conflict and are grounded in the realities and perspectives of affected women, youth, and local communities. The program focuses on conflicts that have a disproportionate influence on global insecurity and violence and in which the United States has a significant involvement.

Goal: Advance Just and Durable Peace

The Fund pursues the following interrelated strategies with respect to conflicts in the wider Middle East, focusing on Afghanistan, Israel/Palestine, and the U.S.-Iran relationship.


  • Supporting innovative and collaborative approaches to and policies for conflict prevention and transformation at the multilateral, regional, and national levels.
  • Strengthening constituencies and political will for conflict transformation and durable peace.

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  • To be eligible for a grant, organizations should be tax-exempt or seeking support for a project that would qualify as educational or charitable.


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    • Capital Expenses
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This page was last reviewed November 11, 2021 and last updated May 26, 2021