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
- Local: District of Columbia
- Narrative Change
- 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
- Workers’ Rights
- Youth Justice
- Austin, TX // 2020
Texas Criminal Justice CoalitionSupport to advance adult and youth justice reforms in Texas.Awarded$670,000Term24 monthsProgramCriminal Justice
- Atlanta, GA // 2020
Southern Center for Human RightsSupport for statewide policy advocacy and coalition building to advance justice reform in Georgia.Awarded$500,000Term24 monthsProgramCriminal Justice
- Boston, MA // 2020
Community Labor UnitedSupport for state and local policy advocacy for low-wage workers in Massachusetts.Awarded$525,000Term24 monthsProgramWorkers' Rights
- Portland, OR // 2020
Northwest Employment Education and Defense FundSupport for state policy advocacy for low-wage workers in Oregon.Awarded$600,000Term24 monthsProgramWorkers' Rights
- Detroit, MI // 2020
Community Foundation for Southeast MichiganSupport for the Michigan Justice Fund, an initiative to coordinate justice reform efforts in Michigan.Awarded$250,000Term12 monthsProgramCriminal Justice
- New York, NY // 2020
Vera Institute of JusticeSupport to increase postsecondary education opportunities for incarcerated people.Awarded$250,000Term12 monthsProgramCriminal Justice
- Washington, DC // 2020
FAMMGeneral support.Awarded$300,000Term24 monthsProgramCriminal Justice
- Savannah, GA // 2020
Deep CenterSupport for Still Astronauts, an initiative to transform Chatham County’s and Georgia’s juvenile and adult criminal justice systems.Awarded$50,000Term12 monthsProgramCriminal Justice
- Milwaukee, WI // 2020
Greater Milwaukee FoundationSupport to the Blueprint for Peace Fund in its public health approach to violence prevention that prioritizes areas hardest hit by persistent violence and incarceration in Milwaukee.Awarded$200,000Term12 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities
- Milwaukee, WI // 2020
Wisconsin Voices IncSupport to the African-American Roundtable and expansion of the LiberateMKE campaign to mobilize residents around alternatives to incarceration and community reinvestment in Milwaukee.Awarded$100,000Term12 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities