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
- Washington, DC // 2021
National Reentry Network for Returning CitizensSupport to provide increased member organizing capacity, advocacy training, promote restorative practices, and organize the community of returning citizens.Awarded$200,000Term24 monthsProgramJustice Reform
- Sulphur, LA // 2021
Justice for Families, LTDSupport to expand the network of impacted families, elevate the family perspective, and educate systems professionals on family engagement and alternatives to youth incarceration.Awarded$100,000Term24 monthsProgramJustice Reform
- Easthampton, MA // 2021
Prison Policy InitiativeSupport to conduct data analyses and produce research to guide and inform public discourse on criminal justice reform.Awarded$200,000Term24 monthsProgramJustice Reform
- Selma, AL // 2021
The Knights & Orchids Society IncSupport to My Sistah's House to expand Tiny Homes Project, and provide a continuum of services to support the health and wellbeing of black transgender individuals in Memphis.Awarded$50,000Term12 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities
- Birmingham, AL // 2021
Transgender Advocates Knowledgeable EmpoweringSupport to provide direct services and capacity-building support for trans people of color in Alabama navigating the intersectional oppression of mass incarceration, racism, and transphobia.Awarded$50,000Term12 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities
- Atlanta, GA // 2021
Transcending Barriers Atlanta IncSupport for grassroots organizing efforts, direct services, and conducting research to advance economic justice and end mass incarceration of transgender and gender non-conforming communities in Georgia.Awarded$50,000Term12 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities
- Little Rock, AR // 2021
Griffin-Gracy Educational Retreat & Historical CenterSupport to provide services and resources that empower Black trans women to build advocacy networks through educational retreats, healing justice, and community organizing.Awarded$50,000Term12 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities
- Milwaukee, WI // 2021
Public AlliesSupport for young adult leaders in apprenticeships with local nonprofit partners to build capacity, shape inclusive cultures and transform communities.Awarded$25,000Term12 monthsProgramPresident's Discretionary Fund
- New Orleans, LA // 2021
Operation RestorationSupport to Block Builderz for directly impacted leadership in Oklahoma to build community-led solutions for addressing mass incarceration and promoting economic and racial justice.Awarded$100,000Term12 monthsProgramJustice Reform
- New Orleans, LA // 2021
Promise of Justice InitiativeSupport for advocacy and implementation of unanimous juries in Louisiana and to build capacity at East Baton Rouge Parish Prison Reform Coalition.Awarded$300,000Term12 monthsProgramJustice Reform