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.

  • Carrboro, NC // 2013

    National Health Law Program

    Support to provide research and expert technical assistance in support of the development of a model pretrial program to divert pretrial defendants from incarceration using behavioral health treatment services available through the Affordable Care Act.
    Awarded
    $25,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice
  • New York, NY // 2013

    National Employment Law Project

    Support to continue a coordinated national campaign with Community Legal Services, its sub-grantee, to reduce unnecessary structural barriers to employment for people with criminal records.
    Awarded
    $350,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice
  • Washington, DC // 2013

    National Criminal Justice Association

    Support to elevate the issue of pretrial detention reform through education and technical assistance among State Administering Agencies, which distribute and monitor federal and state criminal justice formula grants.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    12 month
    Program
    Criminal Justice
  • Denver, CO // 2013

    National Conference of State Legislatures

    Support for efforts to advance understanding of and support for pretrial reform strategies among key state lawmakers.
    Awarded
    $200,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice
  • Williamsburg, VA // 2013

    National Center for State Courts

    Support to foster state court education and leadership on pretrial detention reform efforts.
    Awarded
    $300,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice
  • Washington, DC // 2013

    National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies

    $20,000 in general support and $30,000 for support to explore how to divert pretrial defendants from incarceration by tapping into the promise of health care reform.
    Awarded
    $50,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice
  • Washington, DC // 2013

    National Association of Counties Research Foundation

    Support to educate the organization's members, county government officials, about opportunities to manage local jail populations using pretrial detention reform, risk assessment and other front-end diversion practices.
    Awarded
    $220,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice
  • Boston, MA // 2013

    Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth

    Support to advance criminal justice policy reform in Massachusetts.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice
  • New York, NY // 2013

    Legal Action Center

    Support to explore opportunities to reduce jail populations by diverting to the public health system certain people who would otherwise be detained pretrial, taking advantage of expanded Medicaid coverage resulting from federal health care reform.
    Awarded
    $400,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice
  • Washington, DC // 2013

    Justice Policy Institute

    General support.
    Awarded
    $50,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice