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.

  • Washington, DC // 2013

    National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies

    $20,000 in general support and $30,000 for support to explore how to divert pretrial defendants from incarceration by tapping into the promise of health care reform.
    Awarded
    $50,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice
  • Washington, DC // 2013

    Campaign for Youth Justice

    General support.
    Awarded
    $800,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Youth Justice
  • Washington, DC // 2013

    National Youth Justice Network

    Support for a Fiscal Policy Center to provide technical assistance on budget analysis to juvenile justice advocates and a Youth Justice Leadership Institute to build leadership skills among juvenile justice advocates of color.
    Awarded
    $550,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Youth Justice
  • Washington, DC // 2013

    Center for Effective Government

    Support for a campaign to advance a public narrative about the importance of government.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Special Opportunities
  • Washington, DC // 2013

    D.C. Employment Justice Center

    General support.
    Awarded
    $75,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Workers' Rights
  • New York, NY // 2013

    National Employment Law Project

    Support to highlight worker perspectives for the Department of Labor's celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act and to address issues related to unemployment insurance.
    Awarded
    $25,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Workers' Rights
  • Lansing, MI // 2013

    Citizens Alliance on Prisons & Public Spending

    General support.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice
  • Williamsburg, VA // 2013

    National Center for State Courts

    Support to foster state court education and leadership on pretrial detention reform efforts.
    Awarded
    $300,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice
  • Hartford, CT // 2013

    Center for Children’s Advocacy

    Support to work locally and statewide to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in Connecticut's juvenile justice system.
    Awarded
    $150,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Youth Justice
  • Raleigh, NC // 2013

    NC Child

    Support for a campaign to end the automatic adult prosecution of 16- and 17-year olds and work to expand evidence-based alternatives to youth incarceration.
    Awarded
    $85,200
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Youth Justice