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 // 2014

    Justice Policy Institute

    Support for strategic planning for juvenile justice work.
    Awarded
    $50,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Youth Justice
  • Boston, MA // 2014

    FSG Social Impact Advisors

    Support to provide coaching to a collaborative justice initiative in Minnesota.
    Awarded
    $25,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    President's Discretionary Fund
  • Washington, DC // 2014

    Center for Effective Government

    Support for research and advocacy to improve the regulatory process.
    Awarded
    $200,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Workers' Rights
  • Portland, OR // 2014

    Northwest Employment Education and Defense Fund

    $200,000 in general support and $200,000 for support for a state policy coalition focused on workers' rights.
    Awarded
    $400,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Workers' Rights
  • Boston, MA // 2014

    Community Labor United

    Support for the Good Jobs-Strong Communities Subcontracting/Outsourcing Campaign
    Awarded
    $65,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Workers' Rights
  • Washington, DC // 2014

    Pretrial Justice Institute

    Support to assist in executing a communications media campaign in support of the pretrial reform field and, specifically, the Pretrial Cabinet.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice
  • Philadelphia, PA // 2014

    Juvenile Law Center

    Support for dissemination and education activities related to the documentary film "Kids for Cash."
    Awarded
    $10,000
    Term
    6 months
    Program
    Youth Justice
  • Washington, DC // 2014

    National Black Women’s Health Project

    General support.
    Awarded
    $15,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    President's Discretionary Fund
  • Madison, WI // 2014

    Center for Media and Democracy

    General support.
    Awarded
    $75,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Workers' Rights
  • Washington, DC // 2014

    Partnership for Working Families

    General support.
    Awarded
    $400,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Workers' Rights