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
- Lansing, MI // 2018
Michigan Council on Crime and DelinquencySupport for a campaign to raise the age of juvenile court jurisdiction to eighteen in Michigan.Awarded$415,000Term24 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- New York, NY // 2018
New World FoundationSupport for the Diverse Asset Managers Initiative.Awarded$25,000Term12 monthsProgramPresident's Discretionary Fund
- Louisville, KY // 2018
Kentucky Youth AdvocatesSupport to advocate on improving Kentucky policies around the charging of youth, use of incarceration, and reducing racial disparities in the juvenile justice system.Awarded$50,000Term12 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- Austin, TX // 2018
Grassroots LeadershipSupport to end for-profit incarceration and reduce reliance on criminalization and detention through organizing, research, advocacy, and public education.Awarded$147,000Term12 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities
- Calabasas, CA // 2018
Social & Environmental EntrepreneursSupport for National Alianza for Latino Youth Justice.Awarded$200,000Term24 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- New Haven, CT // 2018
Artspace New HavenSupport for May Day 20/20: Learning from the Black Panther Trials 50 Years Later.Awarded$50,000Term12 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities
- Newark, NJ // 2018
New Jersey Institute for Social JusticeSupport for a statewide campaign to close youth prisons and reinvest in communities.Awarded$600,000Term24 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- Philadelphia, PA // 2018
JuntosGeneral support.Awarded$32,617Term12 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities
- Oakland, CA // 2018
Youth RadioSupport to develop a National Youth Justice Desk.Awarded$300,000Term18 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- Phoenix, AZ // 2018
Puente Human Rights MovementSupport to develop, educate, and empower migrant communities and change the conditions that lead to immigrant incarceration and deportation.Awarded$160,000Term12 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities