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.

  • Denver, CO // 2014

    Front Range Economic Strategy Center

    General support.
    Awarded
    $75,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Workers' Rights
  • New York, NY // 2014

    ROC United

    General support.
    Awarded
    $330,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Workers' Rights
  • Washington, DC // 2014

    National Criminal Justice Association

    Support to educate NCJA membership about pretrial reform and assist target State Administering Agencies in taking a leadership role on pretrial reform in their jurisdictions.
    Awarded
    $150,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice
  • Oakland, CA // 2014

    Community Oriented Correctional Health Services

    Support to provide national and local stakeholders with education and technical assistance to create pretrial alternatives to detention leveraging Medicaid resources.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice
  • Chicago, IL // 2014

    Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth

    Support for policy advocacy and litigation to protect youth against wrongful convictions in juvenile and criminal cases
    Awarded
    $185,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Youth Justice
  • Oakland, CA // 2014

    W. Haywood Burns Institute

    General support.
    Awarded
    $500,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Youth Justice
  • Washington, DC // 2014

    New Venture Fund

    Support for activities to strengthen the Self-Represented Litigation Network in its effort to develop and promote self-help resources for increasing access to justice for low-income people within the courts.
    Awarded
    $200,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Special Initiative: Civil Legal Aid
  • Lexington, KY // 2014

    Kentucky Equal Justice Center

    Support for continuing efforts to advocate for reforms that would benefit low-income workers in Kentucky.
    Awarded
    $80,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Workers' Rights
  • Immokalee, FL // 2014

    Student/Farmworker Alliance

    General support.
    Awarded
    $25,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Workers' Rights
  • Washington, DC // 2014

    The George Washington University

    Support for the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership's project, Where Health Meets Justice Fellowship.
    Awarded
    $200,000
    Term
    27 months
    Program
    Special Initiative: Civil Legal Aid