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 // 2021

    Empower DC

    General support.
    Awarded
    $25,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    President's Discretionary
  • Jackson, MS // 2021

    Mississippi News and Information Corp

    Support for accurate, data-driven investigative reporting on Mississippi’s criminal and youth justice systems.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Justice Reform
  • Oakland, CA // 2021

    National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform

    Support for policy and technical assistance for D.C.'s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council Project.
    Awarded
    $215,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Justice Reform
  • Washington, DC // 2021

    Georgetown University

    Support to the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform to convene the Juvenile Justice Leadership Network.
    Awarded
    $200,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Justice Reform
  • Bellevue, WA // 2021

    MomsRising Education Fund

    Support for MomsRising Education Fund’s online juvenile justice organizing, targeted at mothers.
    Awarded
    $200,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Justice Reform
  • Denver, CO // 2021

    Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition

    Support for El Movimiento Sigue as part of the Transforming Justice Initiative.
    Awarded
    $150,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Justice Reform
  • Newton, CT // 2021

    Build Up Inc

    Support for Taveras3 Consulting to produce a landscape report on leadership development and training for formerly incarcerated people.
    Awarded
    $150,000
    Term
    6 months
    Program
    Justice Reform
  • Kalamazoo, MI // 2021

    Western Michigan University Foundation

    Support for the Lewis Walker Institute to develop an advocacy and organizing training program for system-impacted youth in Michigan.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Justice Reform
  • Ann Arbor, MI // 2021

    Regents of the University of Michigan

    Support for Michigan Radio to expand adult and youth justice reporting in Michigan.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Justice Reform
  • Norcross, GA // 2021

    Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta

    Support for anti‐Asian violence response, recovery, and healing.

    Awarded
    $200,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Special Opportunities