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.

  • Milwaulkee, WI // 2014

    WISDOM

    Support for statewide grassroots education and advocacy activities to advance criminal justice reform in Wisconsin, including sentencing reform and alternatives to incarceration.
    Awarded
    $75,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice
  • Los Angeles, CA // 2014

    UCLA School of Law

    Support for UCLA School of Law's Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy for its Jail Removal Project to provide jurisdictions with guidance on how to end the practice of detaining youth in adult jails.
    Awarded
    $150,000
    Term
    18 months
    Program
    Youth Justice
  • Columbia, SC // 2014

    National Association of IOLTA Programs

    Support to promote civil legal aid to private philanthropy through IOLTA program leadership and engagement.
    Awarded
    $150,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Special Initiative: Civil Legal Aid
  • Washington, DC // 2014

    D.C. Employment Justice Center

    General support.
    Awarded
    $150,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Workers' Rights
  • Baltimore, MD // 2014

    Public Justice Center

    Support for the organization's Workplace Justice project.
    Awarded
    $600,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Workers' Rights
  • Lansing, MI // 2014

    Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency

    Support to promote fiscal incentives for use of alternatives to youth incarceration and to lead a campaign to raise the age of juvenile court jurisdiction in Michigan.
    Awarded
    $300,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Youth Justice
  • Denver, CO // 2014

    Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition

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

    Center for Children’s Law and Policy

    Support to provide technical assistance to Maryland Department of Juvenile Services and develop training materials on developing graduated responses to youth probation violations.
    Awarded
    $95,000
    Term
    18 months
    Program
    Youth Justice
  • New York, NY // 2014

    Vera Institute of Justice

    Support to help Governor Cuomo's Commission on Youth, Public Safety, and Justice develop a plan for raising the age of juvenile court jurisdiction in New York.
    Awarded
    $75,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Youth Justice
  • Williamsburg, VA // 2014

    National Center for State Courts

    Support to strengthen the role of the judiciary in advancing access to justice.
    Awarded
    $115,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Special Initiative: Civil Legal Aid