Public Welfare Foundation Announces New Focus Areas for Grants

Public Welfare Foundation President and CEO Candice C. Jones today announced the organization’s new focus to advance work related to race, redemption and restoration through the Special Opportunities program. These time-limited grants will help catalyze and replicate innovative work in the field. 

According to the Department of Justice, approximately 10,000 people are released from America’s state and federal prisons every week and $80 billion is spent in our country each year on the direct costs of incarceration alone.

Public Welfare Foundation will award a limited number of grants focusing on race, redemption and restoration throughout the next 12 months. Organizations interested in applying for a grant can submit a Letter of Inquiry to the Foundation at

The issues of race, redemption and restoration are central to Public Welfare Foundation’s mission and values. They cut across the Foundation’s established core programs of criminal justice, youth justice and workers’ rights.

The announcement was part of an event with 150 national and community partners to highlight existing work and develop new strategies to reimagine the criminal justice system and restore communities devastated by incarceration.


The Public Welfare Foundation supports efforts to advance justice and opportunity for people in need. These efforts honor the Foundation’s core values of racial equity, economic well-being, and fundamental fairness for all. The Foundation looks for strategic points where its funds can make a significant difference and improve lives through policy and system reform that results in transformative change. For more information, visit Follow the Foundation on Twitter or on Facebook.

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