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.

  • Newark, NJ // 2014

    New Jersey Institute for Social Justice

    Support to advocate for reduced reliance on youth incarceration and transfer to the adult system in New Jersey.
    Awarded
    $150,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Youth Justice
  • Washington, DC // 2014

    Alliance for Justice

    Support to provide training and technical assistance to Foundation grantees around rules and regulations that govern their actions in the civic arena.
    Awarded
    $70,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Special Opportunities
  • Washington, DC // 2014

    Center for Public Integrity

    Support for a workers' rights reporting beat.
    Awarded
    $300,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Workers' Rights
  • San Francisco, CA // 2014

    State Innovation Exchange

    Support to organize and support progressive state legislators across the country through the organization's Workers' Rights Project.
    Awarded
    $400,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Workers' Rights
  • Washington, DC // 2014

    Jobs With Justice Education Fund

    Support for the Future of Bargaining Project.
    Awarded
    $200,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Workers' Rights
  • New York, NY // 2014

    Brennan Center for Justice

    Support to use research, communications and advocacy to reduce incarceration in America through a focus on fiscal incentives and funding streams.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice
  • Austin, TX // 2014

    Texas Criminal Justice Coalition

    General support.
    Awarded
    $350,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice
  • Austin, TX // 2014

    Texas Appleseed

    Support to engage in policy advocacy at the state and local levels and to conduct litigation to challenge the use of juvenile and municipal courts in Texas to handle minor student misbehaviors at school.
    Awarded
    $200,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Youth Justice
  • Washington, DC // 2014

    American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education

    Support for activities of the Access to Justice Commission Expansion Project.
    Awarded
    $83,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Special Initiative: Civil Legal Aid
  • Baltimore, MD // 2014

    Centro de los Derechos del Migrante

    Support to upgrade organizational security features.
    Awarded
    $25,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Workers' Rights