Grants

Investing in nonprofits that are advancing a new, transformative system of justice with the core values of racial equity, economic well-being, and fundamental fairness for all.

Grants Overview


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.

Grants Awarded

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.

  • New Market, TN // 2021

    Highlander Research and Education Center

    75th Anniversary True Reformer Award: support to People's Advocacy Institute to strengthen its operating and programmatic infrastructure
    Awarded
    $500,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Special Opportunities
  • Washington, DC // 2022

    Voices for a Second Chance

    75th Anniversary True Reformer Award: support to strengthen Voices for a Second Chance's operating and programmatic infrastructure.
    Awarded
    $500,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Special Opportunities
  • Atlanta, GA // 2022

    Southern Center for Human Rights

    Support for statewide policy advocacy and to strengthen the coalition of organizations advancing justice reform in Georgia.
    Awarded
    $500,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Justice Reform
  • Tulsa, OK // 2022

    Tulsa Community Foundation

    Support for Oklahoma Justice Fund, a pooled fund that works to reduce incarceration and boost economic mobility of system-impacted people across Oklahoma.
    Awarded
    $300,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Justice Reform
  • Atlanta, GA // 2022

    Martin Luther King Sr Community Resources Collaborative

    Support for the Multifaith Initiative to End Mass Incarceration (EMI) to lead a multifaith approach to advance justice reform in Georgia.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Justice Reform
  • Detroit, MI // 2022

    Wayne State University

    Support to the Center for Behavioral Health and Justice to produce an updated data landscape report on Michigan's adult and youth legal systems.
    Awarded
    $217,773
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Justice Reform
  • New Orleans, LA // 2022

    Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children

    Support to advance youth justice reform in Louisiana.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Justice Reform
  • Walnut, CA // 2022

    Open Collective Foundation

    Support to JULIAN, a civil and human rights legal organization, for investigations of hate crimes in Mississippi.
    Awarded
    $75,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Justice Reform
  • Oakland, CA // 2022

    National Center for Youth Law

    Support for Colorado Youth Justice Initiative to reduce the negative impact of the legal system on Colorado youth.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Justice Reform
  • Azusa, CA // 2022

    Urban Association of Forestry and Fire Professionals Inc

    Support for the Forestry and Fire Recruitment Program’s Worker Hub and Social Enterprise Program.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    President's Discretionary Fund