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
- Denver, CO // 2014
Colorado Criminal Defense InstituteSupport for advocacy to advance pretrial detention reform and reduce overincarceration in Colorado.Awarded$100,000Term12 monthsProgramCriminal Justice
- Lansing, MI // 2014
Citizens Alliance on Prisons & Public SpendingGeneral support.Awarded$200,000Term24 monthsProgramCriminal Justice
- New York, NY // 2014
Brennan Center for JusticeSupport to use research, communications and advocacy to reduce incarceration in America through a focus on fiscal incentives and funding streams.Awarded$100,000Term24 monthsProgramCriminal Justice
- Washington, DC // 2014
Association of Prosecuting AttorneysGeneral support.Awarded$500,000Term24 monthsProgramCriminal Justice
- // 2014
American Civil Liberties Union FoundationSupport to advance sentencing reform in two southern states.Awarded$100,000Term12 monthsProgramCriminal Justice
- Oakland, CA // 2013
WorksafeGeneral support.Awarded$200,000Term24 monthsProgramWorkers' Rights
- San Jose, CA // 2013
Working Partnerships USASupport for the organization's project to improve worker health and safety in California.Awarded$200,000Term24 monthsProgramWorkers' Rights
- Chicago, IL // 2013
Working Hands Legal ClinicGeneral support.Awarded$300,000Term24 monthsProgramWorkers' Rights
- Austin, TX // 2013
Workers Defense ProjectGeneral support.Awarded$75,000Term12 monthsProgramWorkers' Rights
- Lexington, KY // 2013
United Support and Memorial for Workplace FatalitiesGeneral support.Awarded$230,000Term24 monthsProgramWorkers' Rights