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
- Denver, CO // 2017
JFA InstituteSupport to provide technical assistance and research to support state criminal justice reform campaigns, in partnership with the Alliance for Safety and Justice.Awarded$70,000Term24 monthsProgramCriminal Justice
- Philadelphia, PA // 2017
American Friends Service CommitteeSupport for a statewide sentencing reform campaign in Arizona.Awarded$120,000Term6 monthsProgramCriminal Justice
- Sulphur, LA // 2017
Justice for Families, LTDSupport to train and mobilize families directly impacted by the juvenile justice system to engage in state advocacy campaigns calling for an end to youth incarceration.Awarded$100,000Term24 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- New Orleans, LA // 2017
Louisiana Center for Children’s RightsSupport for a campaign to implement new raise the age policies, and to reduce the transfer of youth to the adult systems in Louisiana.Awarded$200,000Term24 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- Washington, DC // 2017
Campaign for Youth JusticeSupport to monitor and respond to new federal policy threats to youth justice reform.Awarded$50,000Term24 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- Cambridge, MA // 2017
Harvard Law SchoolSupport for a post-graduate fellowship program focused on improving access to civil justice through technical innovation.Awarded$80,000Term18 monthsProgramSpecial Initiative: Civil Legal Aid
- Durham, NC // 2017
MDC, Inc.General support to assist with MDC Inc.'s 50th Anniversary Capacity Building Initiative.Awarded$25,000Term12 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities
- Washington, DC // 2017
Service Year AllianceSupport for the Service Year Legal Corps Review project.Awarded$25,000Term12 monthsProgramSpecial Initiative: Civil Legal Aid
- San Francisco, CA // 2017
Rockefeller Philanthropy AdvisorsSupport to the Executives' Alliance for Boys and Men of Color.Awarded$60,000Term12 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities
- Baltimore, MD // 2017
Community Law in Action, Inc.Support for a campaign to end the automatic prosecution of youth as adults in Maryland.Awarded$200,000Term24 monthsProgramYouth Justice