August is International Peace Month. The month is an opportunity to highlight the importance of peace in a world that is oftentimes full of conflict. Specifically, the month recognizes the time after World War I, when a group gathered in Germany to discuss what peace should be.
The First-Ever Democratic Peace Conference
The meeting known as the Democratic Peace Conference hosted 4,000 pacifists from 30 different countries. There, these leaders met to discuss the tragic events that led up to World War I. They also came up with ways to prevent future events like this from happening. After the first conference, the delegates decided to declare the month, International Peace Month.
The Message of International Peace Month
The author Victor Hugo once said that “Peace is the virtue of civilization. War is its crime.”
International Peace Month speaks to this message as well. It is important that we listen. We cannot ignore the conflicts in the world around us. However, to help, funding needs to be available for organizations that are focused on spreading peace. Whether this means donating to an organization, volunteering your time, or speaking out for issues you believe in, it is essential to do what you can.
In recognition of the month, GrantWatch.com is doing its part by sharing 10 conflict resolution grants listed on its site. These grants are for nonprofits, schools, researchers, and government agencies for work that unites people and promotes understanding between cultures, religions, and community divides.
10 Conflict Resolution Grants
- Firstly, there are grants available to USA nonprofits and public institutions for programming to encourage understanding and cooperation between religions.
- Grants of up to $5,000 and in-kind assistance are open to organizations for educational projects that unite people and promote social justice. Projects may seek to bridge a variety of community divides, including ethnic, cultural, religious, racial, or gender perspectives, anywhere in the world.
- There are also grants of up to $25,000 to USA nonprofit organizations for initiatives that protect the rights of citizens and combat discrimination.
- Awards of $500 are available to Oregon schools, community colleges, and student groups to recognize humanitarian efforts.
- In addition, grants are available to nongovernmental organizations, including independent media and civic organizations, to further democratic goals worldwide.
- Funding is available for USA, Canada, and International scholars, activists, and leaders to research and develop strategies to build democracy. Applicants must be available to work in residence at the International Forum for Democratic Studies in Washington, D.C. during the fellowship period.
- Grants to USA nonprofits and governmental units in eligible locations to promote intercultural understanding.
- And there are grants available to New Jersey schools for peer violence prevention programs for pre-K-12 and special needs students.
- There are also grants available to USA nonprofits and Tribal Governments to promote justice and liberation.
- Finally, there are grants available to USA cities and towns to encourage collaboration among community residents.
Here are some book suggestions for the month as well:
- The Great War And Modern Memory by Paul Fussell
- The Rules of the Game: Jutland and British Naval Command (Paperback)
- Herbert Corey’s Great War: A Memoir of World War I by the American Reporter Who Saw It All (Paperback)
Are you looking for more grants like these? GrantWatch has an entire category dedicated to grants for conflict resolution. This category includes more than 40 grants that support conflict resolution, stop bullying in schools, and educate and strengthen to eliminate racism and bias in local communities.
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