Public Welfare Foundation Announces New Grants

At its meeting on January 8, the Board of Directors of the Public Welfare Foundation approved more than $4.4 million in new grants, including $850,000 for the Workers’ Rights Program, $750,000 for the Criminal Justice Program, $700,000 for the Youth Justice Program, and $2.1 million for the Special Initiative on Civil Legal Aid.

Here are the projects that are receiving support.

Criminal Justice

Association of Prosecuting Attorneys – Washington, DC – ($250,000 – 1 year)

General support.

Citizens Alliance on Prisons and Public Spending – Lansing, MI – ($500,000 – 2 years)

Support to advance sentencing reform to reduce Michigan’s over-reliance on incarceration and reduce racial disparities.

Youth Justice

Correctional Association of New York – New York, NY – ($300,000 – 2 years)

Support for the Youth Justice Project to advance effective youth justice in the state.

Legal Aid Justice Center – Charlottesville, VA – ($400,000 – 2 years)

Support for the JustChildren Program for a statewide campaign to redirect funding from youth incarceration to a continuum of community-based services for youth.

Workers’ Rights

National Economic and Social Rights Initiative – New York, NY – ($250,000 – 2 years)

Support for national coordination and leadership on workers’ compensation reform.

Working Partnerships USA – San Jose, CA – ($500,000 – 2 years)

General support and program support for a workers’ rights coalition.

Worksafe – Oakland, CA – ($100,000 – 2 years)

General support.

Special Initiative on Civil Legal Aid

National Center for State Courts – Williamsburg, VA – ($1,250,000 – 2 years)

Support for a project to help courts, Access to Justice Commissions, and legal aid and bar leaders work together in targeted states to undertake joint efforts to advance the goal of meaningful access to justice for all.

Voices for Civil Justice – Washington, DC – ($900,000 – 3 years)

Support for a national communications initiative that is building the capacity of the civil legal aid sector to generate consistent, expanded media coverage to raise visibility of civil legal aid.



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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