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 // 2016

    Families Against Mandatory Minimums

    General Support.
    Awarded
    $300,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice
  • Portland, OR // 2016

    Partnership for Safety and Justice

    General Support.
    Awarded
    $200,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice
  • Jeffersontown, KY // 2016

    Kentucky Youth Advocates

    Support to advocate for the deinstitutionalization of youth charged with status offenses in Kentucky and the effective implementation of reforms to reduce incarceration.
    Awarded
    $250,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Youth Justice
  • Lansing, MI // 2016

    Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency

    Support for advocacy to reduce youth incarceration and raise the age of juvenile court jurisdiction in Michigan.
    Awarded
    $350,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Youth Justice
  • Portland, OR // 2016

    Partnership for Safety and Justice

    General Support.
    Awarded
    $50,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Youth Justice
  • Newark, NJ // 2016

    New Jersey Institute for Social Justice

    Support for a campaign to reduce youth incarceration in New Jersey.
    Awarded
    $400,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Youth Justice
  • Boston, MA // 2016

    Citizens for Youth Justice

    General Support.
    Awarded
    $130,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Youth Justice
  • Dorchester, MA // 2016

    Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health

    General Support.
    Awarded
    $150,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Workers' Rights
  • Boston, MA // 2016

    Community Labor United

    General Support.
    Awarded
    $150,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Workers' Rights
  • Providence, RI // 2016

    Stephen C. Rose Legacy Foundation

    General Support.
    Awarded
    $50,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Special Opportunities