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

    The Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless

    Support for the Human Right to Housing Initiative.
    Awarded
    $150,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Special Initiative: Civil Legal Aid
  • Washington, DC // 2013

    The Sentencing Project

    General support.
    Awarded
    $400,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice
  • Washington, DC // 2013

    Justice at Stake

    Support for the organization's "Fair Courts in the States" project, which aims to protect against efforts to undermine the independence of the judiciary.
    Awarded
    $160,000
    Term
    18 months
    Program
    Special Opportunities
  • Washington, DC // 2014

    Association of Prosecuting Attorneys

    General support.
    Awarded
    $500,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice
  • Washington, DC // 2014

    Alliance for Justice

    Support to provide training and technical assistance to Foundation grantees around rules and regulations that govern their actions in the civic arena.
    Awarded
    $70,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Special Opportunities
  • Washington, DC // 2014

    University Legal Services

    Support for an advocacy effort to ensure transparency and public input in the process to determine provisions of healthcare treatment for inmates of DC Jail.
    Awarded
    $15,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice
  • Washington, DC // 2013

    Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth

    General support.
    Awarded
    $320,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Youth Justice
  • Washington, DC // 2013

    National Legal Aid and Defender Association

    Support for technical assistance and advocacy to increase access to federal resources for civil legal service organizations nationally.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    18 months
    Program
    Special Initiative: Civil Legal Aid
  • Washington, DC // 2014

    Justice Policy Institute

    $50,000 in general support and $50,000 in support for justice reform advocacy in Virginia.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice
  • Washington, DC // 2014

    American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education

    Support for activities of the Access to Justice Commission Expansion Project.
    Awarded
    $83,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Special Initiative: Civil Legal Aid