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.

  • San Francisco, CA // 2014

    State Bar of California

    Support to implement a statewide capacity-building, coordination and assessment program to pilot practical training programs for recent law school graduates serving moderate-income people in California.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Special Opportunities
  • Brooklyn, NY // 2014

    Make the Road New York

    Support for the Workplace Justice Program.
    Awarded
    $150,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Workers' Rights
  • Baltimore, MD // 2014

    United Workers Association

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

    University Legal Services

    Support for an advocacy effort to ensure transparency and public input in the process to determine provisions of healthcare treatment for inmates of DC Jail.
    Awarded
    $15,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice
  • Alexandria, VA // 2014

    International Association of Chiefs of Police

    Support to raise awareness about the need for pretrial detention reform among law enforcement leaders throughout the country, encouraging them to take a leadership role on the issue.
    Awarded
    $200,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice
  • Washington, DC // 2014

    Community Foundation for the National Capital Region

    Support for the Youth Justice Work Group of the Youth Transition Funders Group.
    Awarded
    $10,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Youth Justice
  • Silver Spring, MD // 2014

    Catholic Legal Immigration Network

    Support to help develop an innovative self-directed online training course for immigrant legal service providers.
    Awarded
    $25,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    President's Discretionary Fund
  • Washington, DC // 2014

    The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy

    Support to promote and raise the profile of civil legal aid through a variety of forums and activities within its nationwide network.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Special Initiative: Civil Legal Aid
  • Dorchester, MA // 2014

    Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health

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

    Workers Defense Project

    General support.
    Awarded
    $150,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Workers' Rights