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.

  • Washington, DC // 2015

    National Youth Justice Network

    To support an independent evaluation of its Youth Justice Leadership Institute.
    Awarded
    $45,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Youth Justice
  • Chicago, IL // 2015

    Children and Family Justice Center

    Support to promote more effective and fair juvenile justice policies in Illinois.
    Awarded
    $180,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Youth 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
    $200,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Youth Justice
  • Philadelphia, PA // 2015

    Juvenile Law Center

    Support 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
    $265,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Youth 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
    $250,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Youth Justice
  • Denver, CO // 2015

    Colorado Criminal Defense Institute

    Support for advocacy to reduce over-incarceration in Colorado through pretrial detention reform.
    Awarded
    $300,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice
  • Washington, DC // 2015

    Jobs with Justice Education Fund

    Support for the Future of Work Program.
    Awarded
    $250,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Workers' Rights
  • Oakland, CA // 2015

    Community Oriented Correctional Health Services

    General Support.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice
  • Los Angeles, CA // 2015

    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
    24 months
    Program
    Workers' Rights
  • New York, NY // 2015

    Drug Policy Alliance

    Support to advance sentencing and pretrial detention reforms that would reduce incarceration rates in New Jersey.
    Awarded
    $250,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice