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.
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.
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- Closing Youth Prisons
- Community Reinvestment
- Criminal Justice
- Jackson, Mississippi
- Legacy Initiatives
- Local: District of Columbia
- Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- Narrative Change
- President's Discretionary Fund
- Race, Redemption, and Restoration
- Racial Disparities
- Raising the Age
- Restorative Justice
- Sentencing Reform
- Special Initiative: Civil Legal Aid
- Special Opportunities
- Workers’ Rights
- Youth Justice
- Milwaulkee, WI // 2014
WISDOMSupport for statewide grassroots education and advocacy activities to advance criminal justice reform in Wisconsin, including sentencing reform and alternatives to incarceration.Awarded$75,000Term24 monthsProgramCriminal Justice
- Los Angeles, CA // 2014
UCLA School of LawSupport 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$150,000Term18 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- Columbia, SC // 2014
National Association of IOLTA ProgramsSupport to promote civil legal aid to private philanthropy through IOLTA program leadership and engagement.Awarded$150,000Term24 monthsProgramSpecial Initiative: Civil Legal Aid
- Washington, DC // 2014
D.C. Employment Justice CenterGeneral support.Awarded$150,000Term24 monthsProgramWorkers' Rights
- Baltimore, MD // 2014
Public Justice CenterSupport for the organization's Workplace Justice project.Awarded$600,000Term24 monthsProgramWorkers' Rights
- Lansing, MI // 2014
Michigan Council on Crime and DelinquencySupport 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$300,000Term24 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- Denver, CO // 2014
Colorado Criminal Justice Reform CoalitionGeneral support.Awarded$200,000Term24 monthsProgramCriminal Justice
- Washington, DC // 2014
Center for Children’s Law and PolicySupport to provide technical assistance to Maryland Department of Juvenile Services and develop training materials on developing graduated responses to youth probation violations.Awarded$95,000Term18 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- New York, NY // 2014
Vera Institute of JusticeSupport 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$75,000Term12 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- Williamsburg, VA // 2014
National Center for State CourtsSupport to strengthen the role of the judiciary in advancing access to justice.Awarded$115,000Term12 monthsProgramSpecial Initiative: Civil Legal Aid