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
- Savannah, GA // 2020
Deep CenterSupport for Still Astronauts, an initiative that empowers directly impacted communities with advocacy skills to transform Georgia's local and state justice systems.Awarded$200,000Term24 monthsProgramJustice Reform
- New York, NY // 2020
Echoing GreenSupport for follow-on funding for alumni fellows focused on racial equity and social entrepreneurs of color to scale up social impact.Awarded$250,000Term18 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities
- Madison, WI // 2020
Foundation for Black Women’s WellnessSupport for COVID-19 relief efforts, resource navigation, and to expand COVID-19 communication and outreach efforts within the Black community.Awarded$25,000Term12 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities
- Chicago, IL // 2020
Equity and TransformationSupport for community organizing efforts to build social and economic equity for Black Chicagoans engaged in the informal economy, COVID-19 mutual aid, and coalition building to reduce Cook County's jail population.Awarded$25,000Term12 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities
- Dothan, AL // 2020
The Ordinary People SocietySupport for COVID-19 mutual aid and continuum support to individuals and their families impacted by mass-incarceration and homelessness in Dothan.Awarded$25,000Term12 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities
- Portland, OR // 2020
Brown HopeSupport for Equitable Giving Circle to provide Portland's Black and Indigenous economy and community with basic needs, provisions, and health necessities in response to COVID-19.Awarded$25,000Term12 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities
- Oakland, CA // 2020
Common Counsel FoundationSupport for Visionary Freedom Fund to support youth justice reform movements across the country.Awarded$100,000Term12 monthsProgramJustice Reform
- New Orleans, LA // 2020
Operation RestorationSupport to reduce the number of incarcerated women and girls while supporting those who are currently and formerly incarcerated.Awarded$260,000Term24 monthsProgramJustice Reform
- Detroit, MI // 2020
Detroit Justice CenterGeneral support to reform and reimagine the justice systems in Detroit and Michigan.Awarded$300,000Term24 monthsProgramJustice Reform
- Washington, DC // 2020
School Justice ProjectSupport for policy advocacy efforts to promote decarceration, increase community-based alternatives to incarceration, and improve conditions of confinement for DC’s incarcerated young adults.Awarded$100,000Term12 monthsProgramJustice Reform