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

    Public Concern Foundation

    Support for a documentary on farmworkers and the work of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.
    Awarded
    $25,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Workers' Rights
  • Jeffersontown, KY // 2014

    Kentucky Youth Advocates

    Support to partner with Children's Law Center to advocate for deinstitutionalizing youth charged with status offenses in Kentucky and for effective implementation of reforms to reduce youth incarceration.
    Awarded
    $250,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Youth Justice
  • Lansing, MI // 2014

    Citizens Alliance on Prisons & Public Spending

    General support.
    Awarded
    $200,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice
  • Washington, DC // 2014

    The Constitution Project

    Support for the Right-Left Justice Working Group to leverage momentum and advocate for federal criminal justice reform.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice
  • Austin, TX // 2014

    Texas Criminal Justice Coalition

    General support.
    Awarded
    $250,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Youth Justice
  • Washington, DC // 2014

    Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

    General support.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Special Opportunities
  • Immokalee, FL // 2014

    Coalition of Immokalee Workers

    $400,000 in general support and $100,000 for support for additional fundraising capacity.
    Awarded
    $500,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Workers' Rights
  • New York, NY // 2014

    NEO Philanthropy

    Support to the Occupational Safety and Health Law Project for legal expertise, technical assistance and advocacy on workplace health and safety.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Workers' Rights
  • New Orleans, LA // 2014

    Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights

    Support for research and advocacy to raise the age of juvenile court jurisdiction in Louisiana.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Youth Justice
  • Denver, CO // 2014

    Colorado Criminal Defense Institute

    Support for advocacy to advance pretrial detention reform and reduce overincarceration in Colorado.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice