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.

  • Austin, TX // 2014

    Jail Project of Texas

    Support to undertake community and public education to advance pretrial detention reform.
    Awarded
    $105,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice
  • Bridgeport, CT // 2014

    Connecticut Youth Justice Alliance

    Support for the Connecticut Youth Justice Alliance, which promotes a safe, effective, and fair juvenile justice system in Connecticut.
    Awarded
    $250,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Youth Justice
  • New York, NY // 2014

    Children’s Aid Society

    Support for the Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program.
    Awarded
    $10,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    President's Discretionary Fund
  • Washington, DC // 2014

    Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

    Support to enhance networking and strengthen connections in the DC philanthropic community, thereby reaching new audiences for philanthropic engagement and an increase of revenue for the organization.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Special Opportunities
  • New York, NY // 2014

    National Economic and Social Rights Initiative

    Support for the organization's Work with Dignity Program, which provides support to workers' rights groups and also provides national coordination and leadership on workers' compensation reform.
    Awarded
    $400,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Workers' Rights
  • Washington, DC // 2014

    Working America Education Fund

    General support.
    Awarded
    $300,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Workers' Rights
  • Washington, DC // 2014

    Justice Policy Institute

    $50,000 in general support and $50,000 in support for justice reform advocacy in Virginia.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice
  • New York, NY // 2014

    Correctional Association of New York

    Support for the organization's juvenile justice project to advance effective youth justice reform in New York.
    Awarded
    $350,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Youth Justice
  • New York, NY // 2014

    Columbia School of Law

    Support to the Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School for a convening of legal experts to coordinate international and domestic access to justice and civil counsel work.
    Awarded
    $15,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    President's Discretionary Fund
  • Whitesburg, KY // 2014

    Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center

    Support for the Coal Miner Health and Safety Project.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Workers' Rights