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.

  • Washington, DC // 2014

    National Criminal Justice Association

    Support to educate NCJA membership about pretrial reform and assist target State Administering Agencies in taking a leadership role on pretrial reform in their jurisdictions.
    Awarded
    $150,000
    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
  • Washington, DC // 2013

    Center for Effective Government

    Support for a campaign to advance a public narrative about the importance of government.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Special Opportunities
  • Washington, DC // 2013

    Public Citizen Foundation

    Support for comprehensive advocacy in the administration, Congress and the courts to improve federal standards for workers' health and safety.
    Awarded
    $400,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Workers' Rights
  • Washington, DC // 2014

    National Black Women’s Health Project

    General support.
    Awarded
    $15,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    President's Discretionary Fund
  • Washington, DC // 2014

    The George Washington University

    Support for the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership's project, Where Health Meets Justice Fellowship.
    Awarded
    $200,000
    Term
    27 months
    Program
    Special Initiative: Civil Legal Aid
  • Washington, DC // 2013

    The Constitution Project

    $20,000 in general support for one year and $80,000 in project support over two years to foster the development of a "Right-Left Justice Working Group" to support criminal justice reform at the federal level.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice
  • Washington, DC // 2013

    Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

    General support.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Special Opportunities
  • Washington, DC // 2013

    The American Prospect

    Support for substantive reporting and analysis of workers' rights issues.
    Awarded
    $75,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Workers' Rights
  • Washington, DC // 2014

    National Legal Aid and Defender Association

    Support for development of a civil legal aid research website.
    Awarded
    $25,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    President's Discretionary Fund