American Montessori Society (AMS) Peace Committee: Peace Seed Grants

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    American Montessori Society (AMS)


    The American Montessori Society Peace Committee awards annual Peace Seed Grants to help fund projects that promote peace education.

    The grants are presented in memory of educator Ursula Thrush, whose dedication to the concept of peace through children inspired many to advance peace education in their classrooms and communities. Among her numerous achievements, Ursula founded the Maria Montessori School of the Golden Gate in San Francisco and helped establish The Science of Peace Task Force and the Montessori Peace Academy. Peace Seed Grants are financed through donations to the AMS Peace Fund.


    History of Funding

    Past awardees are listed on the program's website at

    Additional Information

    The successful applicant will:

    • have a Montessori background;
    • indicate how she or he will be accountable for the use of funds;
    • agree to share the outcome of the project with the AMS community.

    The proposed project should be designed to:

    • further peace education;
    • reach a significant number of children and/or educators;
    • accomplish its goals in the year following receipt of the grant.


    Program Contact

    Program Contact
    116 East 16th Street
    New York City, NY 10003

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are those involved in Montessori education. Applications should be submitted by email.

    Deadline Details

    The annual deadline to apply is November 1. Applications for the 2021 Peace Seed Grant will be available in the fall.

    Award Details

    Awards will not exceed $1000. Most funded requests fall between $300 and $700. 5 to 10 awards are granted each year.

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