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 // 2014

    National Employment Law Project

    General support.
    Awarded
    $750,000
    Term
    36 months
    Program
    Workers' Rights
  • Chicago, IL // 2014

    American Bar Foundation

    Project support for Increasing Access to Justice through Expanded Roles Beyond Lawyers: Developing and Testing an Evaluation Framework.
    Awarded
    $200,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Special Initiative: Civil Legal Aid
  • New York, NY // 2014

    JustLeadershipUSA

    Support to increase the voice and leadership of formerly incarcerated individuals in calling for criminal justice reform.
    Awarded
    $50,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice
  • Washington, DC // 2014

    DC Lawyers for Youth

    General support.
    Awarded
    $300,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Youth Justice
  • Washington, DC // 2014

    Families Against Mandatory Minimums Foundation

    Support for the Clemency Project 2014.
    Awarded
    $25,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    President's Discretionary Fund
  • Boston, MA // 2014

    Beyond OSHA

    Support for the Beyond OSHA Project's campaign to secure improved worker protection to prevent silicosis.
    Awarded
    $50,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Workers' Rights
  • New York, NY // 2014

    National Employment Law Project

    Support for meetings on contingent work.
    Awarded
    $30,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Workers' Rights
  • New York, NY // 2014

    Brennan Center for Justice

    Support for research and advocacy to reform federal prosecutorial practices contributing to overincarceration.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice
  • Washington, DC // 2014

    National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies

    General support.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice
  • Portland, OR // 2014

    Justice for Families

    General support.
    Awarded
    $150,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Youth Justice