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.

  • Chicago, IL // 2015

    Gamaliel Foundation

    Support for advocacy to improve access to federally-funded construction jobs for women and people of color.
    Awarded
    $20,500
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Workers' Rights
  • Oakland, CA // 2015

    The Employee Rights Advocacy Institute for Law and Policy

    Support to implement a strategic public education campaign to end forced arbitration of employment claims.
    Awarded
    $25,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Workers' Rights
  • New York, NY // 2015

    Vera Institute of Justice

    Support to provide technical assistance to the Illinois Department of Youth Justice on improving aftercare services for youth.
    Awarded
    $185,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Youth Justice
  • Oakland, CA // 2015

    W. Haywood Burns Institute

    To support research on effective alternative-to-incarceration programs for youth of color.
    Awarded
    $200,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Youth Justice
  • Washington, DC // 2015

    March on Washington Film Festival

    General Support.
    Awarded
    $25,000
    Term
    6 months
    Program
    President's Discretionary Fund
  • Los Angeles, CA // 2015

    National Health Law Program

    Support to train and assist legal advocates seeking to enforce Medicaid provisions in the face of the new case law affecting access to the courts in state and local jurisdictions.
    Awarded
    $15,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    President's Discretionary Fund
  • Washington, DC // 2015

    New Venture Fund

    Support to the Self-Represented Litigation Network for the development of a national online tool for the self-represented litigation service innovation.
    Awarded
    $25,000
    Term
    6 months
    Program
    President's Discretionary Fund
  • San Francisco, CA // 2015

    Executives’ Alliance to Expand Opportunities for Boys and Men of Color

    General Support.
    Awarded
    $120,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Special Opportunities
  • New York, NY // 2015

    American Civil Liberties Union Foundation

    Support to advance sentencing reform in two southern states.
    Awarded
    $150,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice
  • Lexington, KY // 2015

    Kentucky Equal Justice Center

    Support for advocacy, litigation, and coalition building to advance policy remedies for wage theft.
    Awarded
    $80,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Workers' Rights