Special Fund Related To Terrorist Attacks And Their Aftermath
January 8, 2002 | Press Release | International Peace & Security

MacArthur has awarded grants totaling more than $5 million through a special fund established by the Foundation to address issues related to the terrorist attacks of September 11 and their aftermath.

"The objective of this fund was to move as quickly as possible to help address issues raised by the attacks," said Jonathan F. Fanton, president of the Foundation. "Many fine organizations told us of their work. I am pleased we were able to provide support to 29 of them."

The Foundation is informing those submitting proposals related to the special fund that while it has been closed they might consider resubmitting their proposal if the work matches the Foundations existing guidelines.

The grants were awarded in three categories, 1) information and analysis, 2) strengthening the U.S. and the worlds response to terrorism and understanding its underlying causes, and 3) civil liberties, constitutional guarantees, and adherence to international law.

Summary of 29 Grants Approved:

Information and analysis
WGBH Educational Foundation/FRONTLINE
National Public Radio
Aspen Institute Congressional Seminars
Center for Budget and Policy Priorities
National Opinion Research Center
National Mental Health Association
Institute for War and Peace Reporting
Chicago Council on Foreign Relations
Lichtenstein Creative Media, The Infinite Mind
National Video Resources
Lumiere Productions
New York Council on Foreign Relations




Strengthening the U.S. and the worlds response to terrorism and understanding its underlying causes

International Crisis Group
The Century Foundation
National Academy of Sciences
Kings College, London
Brookings Institution
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Monterey Institute
International Peace Academy




Civil liberties, constitutional guarantees and adherence to international law

Human Rights Watch
International Rescue Committee
American Civil Liberties Union
Physicians for Human Rights
National Security Archive Fund, Center for National Security Studies
Lawyers Committee for Human Rights
Heartland Alliance
Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights
Crossroads Fund, Critical Response Fund





Grand Total: $5,155,000




Summary of Grants Awarded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation through its Special Fund for Work Related to the Events of September 11, 2001 and their Aftermath

Information and analysis:

  • WGBH Educational Foundation/FRONTLINE: $500,000 to the Frontline documentary series to enable series expedited production of documentaries on background issues related to the September 11 attacks.

  • National Public Radio: $400,000 to help with the cost of correspondents it has sent into the field to cover the fighting in Afghanistan.

  • The Aspen Institute Congressional Seminars: $300,000 for a series of seminars for key members of Congress from both parties on issues related to the attacks.  The Aspen Institute is also planning an in-depth Congressional conference in January on "Islam, Terrorism, and the U.S."

  • The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities: $250,000 to analyze and make policy recommendations about managing national security-related pressures on federal and state budgets and on social programs.

  • The National Opinion Research Center: $220,000 to help with the costs of its studies of the September 11 attacks to learn how individuals readjust their lives in the aftermath and how they react to additional events associated with actions taken against terrorism.

  • The National Mental Health Association: $150,000 for work at the local and national level to address the mental health needs of Americans affected by the terrorist attacks.

  • The Institute for War and Peace Reporting: $130,000 for projects linking journalists, analysts, and media from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and the Central Asian states doing independent reporting and analysis.  It will be done to generate current information and help in laying the groundwork for professional and independent media in the event of a political transition.

  • The Chicago Council on Foreign Relations :$100,000 for programming over the next half year on topics and issues raised by the September 11 attacks.  The Council is also organizing a task force to assess and discuss the implications of the attacks on Chicago, with a special emphasis on including Arab-American and other immigrant communities in the activities.

  • Lichtenstein Creative Media, The Infinite Mind: $100,000 for media outreach efforts to help educate Americans about the ongoing mental health effects of the attacks and their aftermath, the threat of bioterrorism, and to help connect those in need with appropriate treatment and services.

  • National Video Resources: $65,000 for its productionA fter 9/11, a video collection designed to promote knowledge, understanding, and tolerance concerning issues related raised by the terrorist attacks and their aftermath.

  • Lumiere Productions: $50,000 to help with production costs of a documentary comparing the lives of members of New York Citys Arab community before and after the September 11 attacks.

  • The New York Council on Foreign Relations: $50,000 for activities relating to the terrorist attacks including a task force on Americas response to terrorism, roundtable discussions and relevant publications.

Strengthening the U.S. and the worlds response to terrorism, and understanding its underlying causes:

  • The International Crisis Group : $400,000 to explore steps needed to preserve the stability of states and regions in Central  and Southwest Asia.  This work will be led by Gareth Evans, former Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs.

  • The Century Foundation: $250,000 to establish a task force that will do an analysis and issue recommendations on the mission, structure, and strategy of the new Office of Homeland Security.

  • National Academy of Sciences: $150,000 for work that will address aspects of accounting for, monitoring, and protecting nuclear weapons and materials in Russia, as well as stabilization of the community of nuclear weapons scientists and technologists in Russia.

  • Kings College, London: $150,000 for a research project to draw on European experience in counterterrorist activities and to assess capabilities for coordinated action among European countries and the U.S. on matters such as investigation and prosecution of terrorists.

  • The Brookings Institution: $150,000 for research to address broad foreign policy and security implications of the terrorist attacks on U.S. policy toward the Islamic world and on U.S. homeland security.

  • The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: $130,000 for work related to technical and diplomatic issues concerning nuclear material in Pakistan and to help support a project examining threats to regional stability in Eurasia and the capacity of states in that area of the world to deal with them.

  • The Monterey Institute: $100,000 for work to assess the risk that weapons of mass destruction, including chemical and biological weapons, might move out of weakened states and into the hands of terrorists.

  • International Peace Academy: $100,000 for policy workshops focusing on international terrorism and to facilitate policy development in the United Nations on similar issues.

Civil liberties, constitutional guarantees, and adherence to international law:

  • Human Rights Watch: $250,000 in support of efforts to monitor refugee flows and the effects of hostilities on civilian populations in sensitive areas abroad.  Human Rights Watch will also work in the United States to monitor possible adverse impacts on Muslim and other ethnic groups.

  • International Rescue Committee: $250,000 for work with refugees and internally displaced persons in Afghanistan, providing relief, protection, and resettlement services and monitoring of relief efforts.

  • American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, Security and Civil Liberties Task Force: $250,000 to address security and civil liberty issues that have emerged in the wake of the terrorist attacks through a program of outreach, litigation, and legal analyses focused upon the rights of Arab-Americans, immigrants, and those detained in connection with the events of September 11.

  • Physicians for Human Rights: $200,000 to send three two-person teams to the Afghanistan region to monitor and document the human rights situation with a view toward helping the movement of food, medicine, and shelter to refugees.

  • Center for National Security Studies: $200,000 for work to be done by a coalition of organizations on issues raised by new legislation designed to combat terrorism.

  • Lawyers Committee for Human Rights: $100,000 for analysis, advocacy, and information on human rights aspects of counter-terrorism, including initiatives on detention and military tribunals.

  • Heartland Alliance, Midwest Immigrant and Human Rights Center, Chicago: $75,000 for work to protect the rights of immigrants and refugees in the wake of the September 11 attacks.

  • The Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc.: $65,000 for work that will focus on helping reduce incidents of hate crime through its Project to Combat Bias Violence.

  • Crossroads Fund, Critical Response Fund: $20,000 to make grants to Chicago area organizations working to combat racism and hate crimes, monitoring and defending civil liberties.

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