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
- Calabasas, CA //
Social & Environmental EntrepreneursSupport to Women Involved in Reentry Efforts to mobilize formerly incarcerated women to lead criminal justice reform efforts in Washington, D.C.Awarded$25,000Term6 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities
- Washington, DC // 2020
The Education TrustSupport for the campaign to ensure access to higher education for incarcerated students.Awarded$200,000Term12 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities
- Colombus, OH // 2020
Halt ViolenceSupport to implement violence prevention and interruption efforts in impacted neighborhoods in Columbus.Awarded$60,000Term12 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities
- Mechanicsville, VA // 2020
Women’s Institute for Science Equity and RaceGeneral support.Awarded$25,000Term12 monthsProgramPresident's Discretionary
- Oakland, CA // 2020
W. Haywood Burns InstituteSupport to engage practitioners, providers, and community groups to reduce racial disparities in juvenile justice systems.Awarded$250,000Term12 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- New York, NY // 2020
Research Foundation of the City University of New YorkSupport to the Center on Media, Crime and Justice at John Jay College to organize a journalism fellowship focused on the future of youth justice reform.Awarded$15,000Term12 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- Portland, OR // 2020
National Crittenton FoundationSupport to provide training and technical assistance to youth justice stakeholders on building a continuum of community-based supports and services for girls.Awarded$200,000Term24 monthsProgramYouth 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