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.

  • New York, NY // 2013

    Council of State Governments Justice Center

    $180,000 in general support of the Council of State Governments' Justice Center and $270,000 to the Justice Center to develop expertise in the area of pretrial justice and assist in implementation of pretrial reform projects.
    Awarded
    $450,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice
  • Washington, DC // 2013

    National Criminal Justice Association

    Support to elevate the issue of pretrial detention reform through education and technical assistance among State Administering Agencies, which distribute and monitor federal and state criminal justice formula grants.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    12 month
    Program
    Criminal Justice
  • Northhampton, MA // 2013

    Center for Public Representation

    Support to provide training and technical assistance regarding alternatives to incarceration for youth in Alabama's juvenile justice system.
    Awarded
    $55,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Youth Justice
  • Austin, TX // 2013

    Texans Care for Children

    Support to facilitate the Youth Justice Roundtable and advocate for the effective implementation of policies that promote alternatives to youth incarceration in Texas.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Youth Justice
  • Washington, DC // 2013

    National Legal Aid and Defender Association

    Support for technical assistance and advocacy to increase access to federal resources for civil legal service organizations nationally.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    18 months
    Program
    Special Initiative: Civil Legal Aid
  • Denver, CO // 2013

    Front Range Economic Strategy Center

    General support.
    Awarded
    $75,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Workers' Rights
  • Washington, DC // 2013

    National Public Radio

    Support for on-air coverage of issues related to low-wage workers' rights.
    Awarded
    $200,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Workers' Rights
  • Boston, MA // 2013

    Crime and Justice Institute

    Support to expand the organization's ability to provide expert technical assistance and training for pretrial detention reform and to help two California counties with pretrial reform implementation.
    Awarded
    $500,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice
  • New York, NY // 2013

    National Employment Law Project

    Support to continue a coordinated national campaign with Community Legal Services, its sub-grantee, to reduce unnecessary structural barriers to employment for people with criminal records.
    Awarded
    $350,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice
  • Chicago, IL // 2013

    Children and Family Justice Center

    Support to help the Illinois Youth Justice Commission promote more effective and fair juvenile justice policies.
    Awarded
    $180,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Youth Justice