Grants Process

The Public Welfare Foundation has a two-step application process that includes both a letter of inquiry (LOI) and a full proposal. We invite full proposals after reviewing letters of inquiry. We only consider full proposals we have invited. We only fund works that fit within the program guidelines of our three program areas: Criminal Justice, Youth Justice, and Workers’ Rights.

To bolster our grantees’ staying power and concentrate their energies on their work, the Foundation considers multi-year grants and grants of varying amounts.

We make a small number of grants under our Special Opportunities category reflecting the Foundation’s mission and underlying values, including its longstanding commitment to racial equity and justice. These are one-time only grants that are especially timely and compelling. At times this kind of grant serves as a laboratory for new ideas. Relatively few of these grants are given. The Foundation is unable to support unsolicited applications in this program area.

Under the Special Opportunities program, we have undertaken a time-limited Special Initiative (approved by the Board in 2011) to advance Civil Legal Aid.

The President’s Discretionary Fund offers very small grants to advance the Foundation’s mission. Relatively few of these grants are given. The Foundation is unable to support unsolicited applications in this program area.

The Foundation does not fund individuals, scholarships, direct services, or international projects.

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