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.

  • Evanston, IL // 2019

    Juvenile Justice Initiative

    General support.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Youth Justice
  • Chicago, IL // 2019

    Northwestern University School of Law

    Support for juvenile justice advocacy and research to reduce youth incarceration, advance age-appropriate treatment, and reduce racial bias in Illinois.
    Awarded
    $200,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Youth Justice
  • Chicago, IL // 2018

    Cabrini Green Legal Aid Clinic

    General support.
    Awarded
    $25,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    President's Discretionary Fund
  • Chicago, IL // 2018

    Raise the Floor Alliance

    General support. 
    Awarded
    $700,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Workers' Rights
  • Chicago, IL // 2017

    In These Times

    Support for original news coverage and commentary on workers' rights issues in In These Times magazine and online in the blog Working In These Times.
    Awarded
    $160,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Workers' Rights
  • Chicago, IL // 2017

    Northwestern University School of Law

    Support for advocacy to reduce youth incarceration and racial disparities in Illinois. 
    Awarded
    $200,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Youth Justice
  • Evanston, IL // 2017

    Youth Justice Initiative

    General support. 
    Awarded
    $200,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Youth Justice
  • Chicago, IL // 2017

    Interfaith Worker Justice

    General support. 
    Awarded
    $400,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Workers' Rights
  • Chicago, IL // 2017

    Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

    Support to train antipoverty advocates and legal aid lawyers in strategies to combat racism through its Racial Justice Training Institute. 
    Awarded
    $25,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Workers' Rights
  • Chicago, IL // 2017

    Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

    Support to train antipoverty advocates and legal aid lawyers in strategies to combat racism through its Racial Justice Training Institute. 
    Awarded
    $75,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Special Opportunities