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
- Milwaukee, WI // 2013
Justice Initiatives InstituteGeneral support.Awarded$200,000Term24 monthsProgramCriminal Justice
- Denver, CO // 2013
JFA InstituteSupport to provide ongoing technical assistance, research and reporting on efforts to implement a new pretrial services program in Los Angeles County, and targeted pretrial technical assistance elsewhere.Awarded$175,000Term24 monthsProgramCriminal Justice
- Alexandria, VA // 2013
International Association of Chiefs of PoliceSupport to raise awareness and understanding about the need for pretrial detention reform among law enforcement leaders throughout the country, encouraging them to take a leadership role on the issue of pretrial policy.Awarded$100,000Term12 monthsProgramCriminal Justice
- Long Island City, NY // 2013
Fortune SocietySupport to advance sentencing reform efforts in New York State through coalition building, media advocacy and participation in the state's Sentencing Commission.Awarded$200,000Term24 monthsProgramCriminal Justice
- Montgomery, AL // 2013
Equal Justice Initiative of AlabamaSupport to challenge the underrepresentation of African Americans on criminal juries in the South and advocate for the reform of parole policies that contribute to Alabama's high rate of incarceration.Awarded$300,000Term36 monthsProgramCriminal Justice
- New York, NY // 2013
Drug Policy AllianceSupport to advance sentencing and pretrial detention reforms that would reduce incarceration rates in New Jersey.Awarded$250,000Term24 monthsProgramCriminal Justice
- Washington, DC // 2013
Dewey Square GroupSupport to design and execute a communications campaign to support the pretrial advocacy field in influencing key decision makers and policymakers across the nation to embrace pretrial reform.Awarded$163,000Term12 monthsProgramCriminal Justice
- Boston, MA // 2013
Crime and Justice InstituteSupport to expand the organization's ability to provide expert technical assistance and training for pretrial detention reform and to help two California counties with pretrial reform implementation.Awarded$500,000Term24 monthsProgramCriminal Justice
- New York, NY // 2013
Council of State Governments Justice Center$180,000 in general support of the Council of State Governments' Justice Center and $270,000 to the Justice Center to develop expertise in the area of pretrial justice and assist in implementation of pretrial reform projects.Awarded$450,000Term24 monthsProgramCriminal Justice
- Denver, CO // 2013
Colorado Criminal Defense InstituteSupport for advocacy to reduce over-incarceration in Colorado through pretrial detention reform.Awarded$100,000Term12 monthsProgramCriminal Justice