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
- Portland, OR // 2013
National Indian Child Welfare AssociationSupport to produce and disseminate a report on effective ways to reduce the overrepresentation of Native American youth in juvenile justice systems.Awarded$150,000Term18 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- Oakland, CA // 2013
National Center for Youth LawSupport to raise awareness of the role of implicit bias in creating racial disparities in juvenile justice.Awarded$100,000Term12 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- Philadelphia, PA // 2013
Juvenile Law CenterSupport to implement juvenile justice system reforms in Pennsylvania, bring litigation challenges to laws allowing youth to be tried as adults and develop strategies to reduce lengths of stay for incarcerated youth.Awarded$330,000Term24 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- New Orleans, LA // 2013
Youth Justice Project of LouisianaSupport to advocate for the deincarceration of youth and conduct strategic organizational planning.Awarded$100,000Term12 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- Evanston, IL // 2013
Youth Justice Initiative of IllinoisGeneral support.Awarded$200,000Term24 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- Dallas, PA // 2013
Justice Project, LLCSupport for a documentary film produced by Justice Project LLC about the "kids for cash" judicial corruption scandal in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.Awarded$50,000Term6 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- Washington, DC // 2013
Georgetown UniversitySupport to the Center for Youth Justice Reform at Georgetown University Public Policy Institute to convene the Youth Justice Leadership Network and Public Information Officer Learning Collaborative.Awarded$300,000Term24 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- Baltimore, MD // 2013
Community Law in Action, Inc.Support for a campaign to end the automatic prosecution of youth in adult courts for certain crimes in Maryland.Awarded$170,000Term24 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- Washington, DC // 2013
Community Foundation for the National Capital RegionSupport for the Youth Justice Work Group of the Youth Transition Funders Group.Awarded$5,000Term12 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- Bronx, NY // 2013
Community Connections for YouthSupport to provide training and technical assistance to support community-led efforts to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system.Awarded$250,000Term24 monthsProgramYouth Justice