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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- Civil Legal Aid
- Closing Youth Prisons
- Community Reinvestment
- Criminal Justice
- Legacy Initiatives
- Local: District of Columbia
- Narrative Change
- Place-Based Initiatives
- 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 // 2020
Safe & Just MichiganSupport to advance policies to reduce Michigan’s over-use of incarceration and promote community safety and healing.Awarded$400,000Term24 monthsProgramCriminal Justice
- Philadelphia, PA // 2020
American Friends Service CommitteeSupport for a statewide sentencing reform campaign in Arizona and community-based reinvestment initiatives.Awarded$500,000Term24 monthsProgramCriminal Justice
- Washington, DC // 2020
New Venture FundSupport to the Youth First State Advocacy Fund for state-based advocacy campaigns focused on redirecting resources from youth prisons to community-based approaches.Awarded$400,000Term12 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- Calabasas, CA // 2020
Social & Environmental EntrepreneursSupport for RISE for Youth to transform juvenile justice in Virginia.Awarded$400,000Term24 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- Baltimore, MD // 2020
United Workers AssociationSupport for a workers' rights coalition.Awarded$600,000Term24 monthsProgramWorkers' Rights
- Baltimore, MD // 2020
Public Justice CenterSupport for the Workplace Justice Project.Awarded$900,000Term24 monthsProgramWorkers' Rights
- Chicago, IL // 2020
Raise the Floor AllianceSupport for state and local policy advocacy for low-wage workers in Illinois.Awarded$1,050,000Term24 monthsProgramWorkers' Rights
- San Jose, CA // 2020
Working Partnerships USASupport for a state advocacy coalition for low-wage workers’ rights in California.Awarded$900,000Term24 monthsProgramWorkers' Rights
- Washington, DC // 2019
New Venture FundSupport to Communities for Just Schools Fund to advance community organizing efforts in reducing the criminalization of youth of color and LGBTQ youth in schools.Awarded$200,000Term12 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- San Francisco, CA // 2019
American UniversitySupport to the DCist to pursue community led reporting on criminal justice-related stories in D.C. wards east of the river grappling with incarceration and violence.Awarded$50,000Term12 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities