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
- Philadelphia, PA // 2020
Juvenile Law CenterSupport to advance litigation, policy reform, and public education to challenge harmful and ineffective youth justice practices and policies.Awarded$215,000Term12 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- Los Angeles, CA // 2020
Community PartnersSupport for Healing Dialogue and Action.Awarded$125,000Term24 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- New York, NY // 2020
NEO PhilanthropySupport for the Occupational Safety & Health Law Project.Awarded$150,000Term24 monthsProgramWorkers' Rights
- Dorchester, MA // 2020
Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and HealthGeneral support.Awarded$225,000Term24 monthsProgramWorkers' Rights
- New Orleans, LA // 2020
Foundation for LouisianaSupport for COVID-19 response efforts.Awarded$85,000Term12 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- Milwaukee, WI // 2020
Greater Milwaukee FoundationSupport for COVID-19 response efforts.Awarded$100,000Term12 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities
- Washington, DC // 2020
Washington Legal Clinic for the HomelessSupport for COVID-19 response efforts.Awarded$50,000Term12 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities
- Atlanta, GA // 2020
Southern Center for Human RightsSupport for COVID-19 response efforts in Georgia centered on criminal justice.Awarded$158,700Term12 monthsProgramCriminal Justice
- Detroit, MI // 2020
Community Foundation for Southeast MichiganSupport for Michigan Justice Fund's COVID- 19 relief efforts for the criminal justice population in Michigan.Awarded$200,000Term12 monthsProgramCriminal Justice
- Santa Barbara, CA // 2020
Latino Coalition for Community LeadershipSupport for COVID-19 relief efforts for WAGEES partners to support formerly incarcerated people in Colorado.Awarded$200,000Term12 monthsProgramCriminal Justice