Public Welfare Foundation Announces New Grants

At a meeting today, the Board of Directors of the Public Welfare Foundation approved nearly $4 million in grants, including more than $2.7 million for the Youth Justice Program, $750,000 for the Criminal Justice Program, $250,000 for the Workers’ Rights Program, and $250,000 for the Special Initiative on Civil Legal Aid.

Here are the organizations and projects that will receive funding.

Youth Justice Program

Campaign for Youth Justice – Washington, DC – ($800,000 – 2 years)

General support.

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities – Washington, DC – ($400,000 – 2 years)

Support to provide technical assistance on fiscal and budget issues to campaigns aimed at closing youth prisons, in coordination with the Youth First! Initiative.

Juvenile Law Center – Philadelphia, PA – ($630,000 – 3 years)

Support for litigation to challenge harmful and ineffective youth justice practices and policies.

Kansas Appleseed – Lawrence, KS – ($250,000 – 2 years)

Support for an ongoing campaign to reform the state’s juvenile justice system.

National Youth Justice Network – Washington, DC – ($400,000 – 2 years)

General support.

Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. – Harrisburg, PA – ($250,000 – 2 years)

Support for the Policy and Advocacy Center to advocate for community alternatives to youth incarceration. 


Criminal Justice Program

Alliance for Safety and Justice – Oakland, CA – ($750,000 – 1 year)

Support for a multi-state advocacy campaign that seeks to significantly reduce the prison population in target states, reduce racial disparities in the criminal justice system, and build national momentum for criminal justice reform.  


Workers’ Rights Program

Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy – Los Angeles, CA – ($250,000 – 2 years)

Support for the Clean and Safe Ports campaign to enforce policies to prevent the misclassification of truckers operating at the ports. 


Special Initiative on Civil Legal Aid

National Center for State Courts – Williamsburg, VA – ($250,000 – 21 months)

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



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