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
- Boston, MA // 2021
The Sixth Amendment Center IncorporatedSupport to improve indigent defense systems.Awarded$200,000Term24 monthsProgramJustice Reform
- New Orleans, LA // 2021
Voice of the ExperiencedSupport to provide grassroots leadership, organizing, and advocacy expertise for advancing criminal justice reform in Louisiana.Awarded$700,000Term24 monthsProgramJustice Reform
- Denver, CO // 2021
Colorado Criminal Justice Reform CoalitionSupport to advance sentencing reform and reinvest in communities.Awarded$500,000Term24 monthsProgramJustice Reform
- Tulsa, OK // 2021
Oklahoma Policy InstituteSupport for a data landscape analysis on Oklahoma's youth justice system and to strengthen organizational capacity for research and youth justice policy advocacy.Awarded$360,000Term24 monthsProgramJustice Reform
- Washington, DC // 2021
New Venture FundSupport for Youth First Initiative to end youth incarceration and redirect resources toward community programs.Awarded$500,000Term24 monthsProgramJustice Reform
- 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