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
- Washington, DC // 2015
National Youth Justice NetworkTo support an independent evaluation of its Youth Justice Leadership Institute.Awarded$45,000Term12 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- Chicago, IL // 2015
Children and Family Justice CenterSupport to promote more effective and fair juvenile justice policies in Illinois.Awarded$180,000Term24 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- Baltimore, MD // 2015
Community Law in Action, Inc.Support for a campaign to end the automatic prosecution of youth in adult courts for certain crimes in Maryland.Awarded$200,000Term24 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- Philadelphia, PA // 2015
Juvenile Law CenterSupport for litigation challenges to laws allowing youth to be tried and sentenced as adults and work to reduce length of stay for incarcerated youth.Awarded$265,000Term24 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- Lawrence, KS // 2015
Kansas Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, Inc.Support for a campaign to reform the state's juvenile justice system.Awarded$250,000Term24 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- Denver, CO // 2015
Colorado Criminal Defense InstituteSupport for advocacy to reduce over-incarceration in Colorado through pretrial detention reform.Awarded$300,000Term24 monthsProgramCriminal Justice
- Washington, DC // 2015
Jobs with Justice Education FundSupport for the Future of Work Program.Awarded$250,000Term24 monthsProgramWorkers' Rights
- Oakland, CA // 2015
Community Oriented Correctional Health ServicesGeneral Support.Awarded$100,000Term24 monthsProgramCriminal Justice
- Los Angeles, CA // 2015
Los Angeles Alliance for a New EconomySupport 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$350,000Term24 monthsProgramWorkers' Rights
- New York, NY // 2015
Drug Policy AllianceSupport to advance sentencing and pretrial detention reforms that would reduce incarceration rates in New Jersey.Awarded$250,000Term24 monthsProgramCriminal Justice