Public Welfare Foundation awards grants to nonprofits that 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.
The Foundation funds organizations that currently hold a 501(c)(3) status with the Internal Revenue Service working in the United States. Organizations that do not have this status can apply with a fiscal sponsor. The Foundation does not fund individuals, scholarships, direct services, or international projects.
Grant Types: How We Fund the Work
General Support Grants
General support grants are for day-to-day operating costs or to further the work of your organization. These grants are not earmarked for a particular program or project.
Program or Project Support Grants
Program or project support grants support a specific program or activity of the organization. These are restricted grants and must be used for that program or project.
Special Opportunities Grants
The Special Opportunities Program supports projects reflecting the Foundation’s mission and underlying values. 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.
Public Welfare Foundation awards grants throughout the year. Please see our database below to see what we have funded. Filter grants by fiscal year and program area.
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- Civil Legal Aid
- Closing Youth Prisons
- Community Reinvestment
- Criminal Justice
- Legacy Initiatives
- Place-Based Initiatives
- President's Discretionary Fund
- Race, Redemption, and Restoration
- Racial Disparities
- Raising the Age
- Restorative Justice
- Sentencing Reform
- Special Initiative: Civil Legal Aid
- Special Opportunities
- Washington D.C.
- Workers’ Rights
- Youth Justice
- Boston, MA // 2019
The Sixth Amendment Center IncorporatedGeneral support.Awarded$200,000Term24 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- Nashville, TN // 2019
Raphah InstituteSupport for a Restorative Justice Diversion Program in Nashville Juvenile Court.Awarded$50,000Term12 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- Oakland, CA // 2019
W. Haywood Burns InstituteSupport for the planning and incubation of a national Credible Messenger Mentoring Movement.Awarded$200,000Term24 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities
- Phoenix, AZ // 2019
Puente Human Rights MovementGeneral support.Awarded$60,350Term12 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- New Orleans, LA // 2019
Promise of Justice InitiativeSupport for the Participatory Defense Movement-NOLA.Awarded$85,000Term12 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- New York, NY // 2019
Human Rights WatchSupport for advocacy and implementation work around California’s reforms in youth transfer and sentencing laws.Awarded$200,000Term24 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- Detroit, MI // 2019
Detroit Justice CenterSupport to build capacity of criminal justice organizers in Michigan.Awarded$68,700Term12 monthsProgramCriminal Justice
- San Francisco, CA // 2019
Tides FoundationSupport for Life Comes From It.Awarded$150,000Term24 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities
- Dallas, TX // 2019
The Afiya CenterGeneral support.Awarded$35,984Term12 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities
- Oakland, CA // 2019
ColorOfChange.Org Education FundGeneral support.Awarded$150,000Term12 monthsProgramYouth Justice