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
- Selma, AL // 2021
The Knights & Orchids Society IncSupport to My Sistah's House to expand Tiny Homes Project, and provide a continuum of services to support the health and wellbeing of black transgender individuals in Memphis.Awarded$50,000Term12 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities
- Birmingham, AL // 2021
Transgender Advocates Knowledgeable EmpoweringSupport to provide direct services and capacity-building support for trans people of color in Alabama navigating the intersectional oppression of mass incarceration, racism, and transphobia.Awarded$50,000Term12 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities
- Dothan, AL // 2020
The Ordinary People SocietySupport for COVID-19 mutual aid and continuum support to individuals and their families impacted by mass-incarceration and homelessness in Dothan.Awarded$25,000Term12 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities
- Montgomery, AL // 2016
Equal Justice Initiative of AlabamaSupport for the Lynching Memorial project.Awarded$15,000Term12 monthsProgramPresident's Discretionary Fund
- Montgomery, AL // 2016
Equal Justice Initiative of AlabamaGeneral Support.Awarded$200,000Term24 monthsProgramCriminal Justice
- Montgomery, AL // 2015
Southern Poverty Law CenterSupport for the Florida Campaign to stop trying children as adults.Awarded$100,000Term12 monthsProgramYouth 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