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
- New York, NY // 2015
Children’s Defense Fund – NYSupport to advocate for more developmentally-appropriate juvenile justice policies in New York.Awarded$100,000Term12 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- Washington, DC // 2015
National Legal Aid and Defender AssociationSupport for training and technical assistance to increase access to federal resources for civil legal services organizations nationally.Awarded$200,000Term12 monthsProgramSpecial Initiative: Civil Legal Aid
- Chicago, IL // 2015
In These TimesSupport for original news coverage and commentary on workers' rights issues in In These Times magazine and online in the blog Working In These Times.Awarded$160,000Term24 monthsProgramWorkers' Rights
- Boston, MA // 2015
Citizens for Youth JusticeGeneral Support.Awarded$130,000Term24 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- Washington, DC // 2015
New Venture FundSupport to bring the Self-Represented Litigation Network to scale.Awarded$600,000Term24 monthsProgramSpecial Initiative: Civil Legal Aid
- Longmeadow, MA // 2015
National Council for Occupational Safety and HealthGeneral Support.Awarded$400,000Term24 monthsProgramWorkers' Rights
- Denver, CO // 2015
Colorado Juvenile Defender CenterGeneral Support.Awarded$225,000Term24 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- Baltimore, MD // 2015
Public Justice CenterSupport to implement a targeted fundraising strategy to bolster and sustain the National Coalition for a Right to Civil Counsel.Awarded$50,000Term24 monthsProgramSpecial Initiative: Civil Legal Aid
- Oakland, CA // 2015
Neighborhood Funders GroupSupport for the Working Group on Labor and Community Partnerships program.Awarded$75,000Term24 monthsProgramWorkers' Rights