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
- Newton, CT // 2021
Build Up IncSupport for Taveras3 Consulting to produce a landscape report on leadership development and training for formerly incarcerated people.Awarded$150,000Term6 monthsProgramJustice Reform
- New Haven, CT // 2018
Artspace New HavenSupport for May Day 20/20: Learning from the Black Panther Trials 50 Years Later.Awarded$50,000Term12 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities
- Bridgeport, CT // 2018
Regional Youth Adult Social Action PartnershipSupport for the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance.Awarded$500,000Term24 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- Bridgeport, CT // 2016
Regional Youth Adult Social Action PartnershipSupport to the Connecticut Youth Justice Alliance to advocate for a safe, effective and fair juvenile justice system in Connecticut.Awarded$400,000Term24 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- Shelton, CT // 2015
Recovery Network of ProgramsSupport for a pilot project to divert from jail detention previously uninsured people with substance abuse and mental health needs by providing community-based treatment.Awarded$89,416Term12 monthsProgramCriminal Justice
- Hartford, CT // 2013
Center for Children’s AdvocacySupport to work locally and statewide to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in Connecticut's juvenile justice system.Awarded$150,000Term24 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- Bridgeport, CT // 2014
Connecticut Youth Justice AllianceSupport for the Connecticut Youth Justice Alliance, which promotes a safe, effective, and fair juvenile justice system in Connecticut.Awarded$250,000Term24 monthsProgramYouth Justice