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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- Closing Youth Prisons
- Community Reinvestment
- Criminal Justice
- Jackson, Mississippi
- Legacy Initiatives
- Local: District of Columbia
- Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- Narrative Change
- 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
- Santa Barbara, CA // 2021
Latino Coalition for Community LeadershipSupport to Latino Coalition for the Transforming Justice Initiative, and to develop the organization’s capacity to highlight the replicability of Colorado’s community reinvestment model.Awarded$500,000Term24 monthsProgramJustice Reform
- Detroit, MI // 2021
Community Foundation for Southeast MichiganSupport for the Michigan Justice Fund, an initiative to coordinate justice reform efforts in Michigan.Awarded$1,000,000Term24 monthsProgramJustice Reform
- Philadelphia, PA // 2021
Juvenile Law CenterSupport to advance litigation, policy reform, and public education to challenge harmful and ineffective youth justice practices and policies.Awarded$415,000Term24 monthsProgramJustice Reform
- New Orleans, LA // 2021
Louisiana Center for Children’s RightsSupport for youth justice advocacy and organizing work in Louisiana.Awarded$400,000Term24 monthsProgramJustice Reform
- Oakland, CA // 2021
W. Haywood Burns InstituteSupport to engage practitioners, providers, and community groups to reduce racial disparities in juvenile justice systems.Awarded$350,000Term18 monthsProgramJustice Reform
- Amherst, MA // 2021
Peace Development FundSupport for I Am Why to bring young women and gender expansive activists together with researchers and other partners to increase individual and collective power.Awarded$25,000Term12 monthsProgramPresident's Discretionary
- Washington, DC // 2021
The Praxis ProjectSupport for the UndocuBlack Network to create inclusive immigrant and racial justice movements.Awarded$25,000Term12 monthsProgramPresident's Discretionary
- New Orleans, LA // 2021
The LensSupport for criminal and youth justice focused investigative journalism in Louisiana.Awarded$80,000Term24 monthsProgramJustice Reform
- Savannah, GA // 2020
Deep CenterSupport for Still Astronauts, an initiative that empowers directly impacted communities with advocacy skills to transform Georgia's local and state justice systems.Awarded$200,000Term24 monthsProgramJustice Reform
- Chicago, IL // 2021
Resilience Partners NFPSupport to the TRiiBE to produce original news content and programs to reshape the narrative of Black Chicago.Awarded$150,000Term12 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities