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.

  • Bakersfield, CA // 2014

    Dolores Huerta Foundation

    Support to update technological equipment as the group transitions to a new fundraising base and approach.
    Awarded
    $15,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    President's Discretionary Fund
  • // 2014

    American Civil Liberties Union Foundation

    Support to advance sentencing reform in two southern states.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice
  • Washington, DC // 2014

    Pretrial Justice Institute

    General support.
    Awarded
    $600,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice
  • San Francisco, CA // 2014

    Legal Services for Children

    Support to work, along with the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, to promote the fair and equitable treatment of non-citizen youth by juvenile justice systems.
    Awarded
    $320,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Youth Justice
  • Washington, DC // 2014

    National Legal Aid and Defender Association

    Support for development of a civil legal aid research website.
    Awarded
    $25,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    President's Discretionary Fund
  • Brooklyn, NY // 2014

    Center for Popular Democracy

    Support for the organization's Economic Justice Initiative, to provide technical assistance on organizational capacity building and strategic campaign development to workers' rights groups.
    Awarded
    $250,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Workers' Rights
  • Cleveland, OH // 2014

    Policy Matters Ohio

    Support for research and public education on labor rights issues.
    Awarded
    $50,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Workers' Rights
  • New York, NY // 2014

    Human Rights Watch

    Support for research on youth tried as adults and work to advance juvenile justice reform in California
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Youth Justice
  • Washington, DC // 2014

    Association of Prosecuting Attorneys

    General support.
    Awarded
    $500,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice
  • Atlanta, GA // 2014

    Southern Center for Human Rights

    Support to reduce rates of incarceration in Georgia and Alabama through high-impact litigation, research, advocacy and coalition building.
    Awarded
    $350,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice