Grants

Investing in nonprofits that are advancing a new, transformative system of justice with the core values of racial equity, economic well-being, and fundamental fairness for all.

Grants Overview


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.

Grants Awarded

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.

  • San Francisco, CA // 2013

    Tides Center

    Support to help launch the Talent Philanthropy Project for activities to encourage philanthropic investment in nonprofit talent and staff development to build the capacity of the social justice advocacy sector.
    Awarded
    $16,500
    Term
    6 months
    Program
    President's Discretionary Fund
  • Baltimore, MD // 2013

    Centro de los Derechos del Migrante

    General support.
    Awarded
    $300,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Workers' Rights
  • New York, NY // 2013

    National Economic and Social Rights Initiative

    General support.
    Awarded
    $125,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Workers' Rights
  • Washington, DC // 2013

    National Association of Counties Research Foundation

    Support to educate the organization's members, county government officials, about opportunities to manage local jail populations using pretrial detention reform, risk assessment and other front-end diversion practices.
    Awarded
    $220,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice
  • Washington, DC // 2013

    Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth

    General support.
    Awarded
    $320,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Youth Justice
  • Portland, OR // 2013

    National Indian Child Welfare Association

    Support to produce and disseminate a report on effective ways to reduce the overrepresentation of Native American youth in juvenile justice systems.
    Awarded
    $150,000
    Term
    18 months
    Program
    Youth Justice
  • Washington, DC // 2013

    American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education

    Support to evaluate and continue to strengthen the Access to Justice Commission Expansion Project.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    16 months
    Program
    Special Initiative: Civil Legal Aid
  • Immokalee, FL // 2013

    Coalition of Immokalee Workers

    General support.
    Awarded
    $200,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Workers' Rights
  • New York, NY // 2013

    National Economic and Social Rights Initiative

    Support for research, advocacy and strategic coordination of workers' compensation reform.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Workers' Rights
  • New York, NY // 2013

    Center on Media, Crime and Justice

    $100,000 in general support; $75,000 for support for ongoing capacity-building of journalists to cover pretrial reform; $25,000 for support to educate journalists on the ACA's potential for increasing access health services for pretrial detainees.
    Awarded
    $200,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice