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.

  • Wilmington, DE // 2014

    Delaware Center for Justice

    Support for advocacy on and implementation of pretrial risk assessment and community supervision programs to reduce unnecessary jail detention in Delaware.
    Awarded
    $300,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice
  • Covington, KY // 2014

    Children’s Law Center

    Support for advocacy, education, and research to reduce youth detention and incarceration rates in the juvenile justice system, and decrease the number of youth tried as adults in Ohio.
    Awarded
    $250,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Youth Justice
  • Oakland, CA // 2014

    Youth Radio

    Support for the Youth Justice Desk, which produces media stories on juvenile justice from the perspective of youth, including incarcerated youth.
    Awarded
    $200,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Youth Justice
  • Baltimore, MD // 2014

    Public Justice Center

    Support for the National Coalition for a Right to Civil Counsel, which is working on behalf of indigent litigants.
    Awarded
    $25,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Special Opportunities
  • Los Angeles, CA // 2014

    Los Angeles Alliance For A New Economy

    Support for the Clean and Safe Ports Campaign, a coordinated national campaign to improve employment conditions and end misclassification of truckers operating at the ports.
    Awarded
    $350,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Workers' Rights
  • Los Angeles, CA // 2014

    UCLA Labor Occupational Safety & Health Program

    Support for a convening of worker centers and others to reflect and learn more about health and safety issues.
    Awarded
    $50,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Workers' Rights
  • Washington, DC // 2014

    The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless

    Support for the Human Right to Housing Initiative.
    Awarded
    $150,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Special Initiative: Civil Legal Aid
  • Charlotte, NC // 2014

    Grassroots Leadership

    Support to explore opportunities for reducing federal prison populations and racial disparities by decreasing criminal prosecutions for immigration offenses in border states.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice
  • Washington, DC // 2014

    Coalition for Youth Justice

    $50,000 in general support and $50,000 for support to provide training and technical assistance to the juvenile justice field on the deinstitutionalization of status offenders.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Youth Justice
  • Washington, DC // 2014

    American University – Washington College of Law

    Support for the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University's Washington College of Law to develop training and advocacy materials on the human right to civil legal counsel.
    Awarded
    $25,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    President's Discretionary Fund