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
- St. Paul, MN // 2020
TakeAction Minnesota Education FundSupport for Black Vision Collective to organize the Black Minneapolis community and dismantle systems of violence.Awarded$300,000Term12 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities
- Minneapolis, MN // 2020
BlueGreen Alliance FoundationSupport for Making Work Safer, Healthier, and More Equitable.Awarded$200,000Term24 monthsProgramWorkers' Rights
- Minneapolis, MN // 2018
BlueGreen Alliance FoundationSupport for Safer Chemicals, Safer Jobs Program.Awarded$200,000Term24 monthsProgramWorkers' Rights
- Minneapolis, MN // 2017
Borealis PhilanthropySupport for the Communities Transforming Policing Fund, a pooled donor fund supporting local police reform activities throughout the United States.Awarded$125,000Term24 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities
- Minneapolis, MN // 2016
Borealis PhilanthropySupport for organizational capacity building efforts of the Black-Led Movement Fund grantees.Awarded$50,000Term12 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities
- Minneapolis, MN // 2016
BlueGreen Alliance FoundationSupport for Health 2 - a program to protect the health of workers, communities and the environment with the second goal of improving the health the workers' rights movement.Awarded$200,000Term24 monthsProgramWorkers' Rights
- Minneapolis, MN // 2014
BlueGreen Alliance FoundationSupport to promote occupational safety and health.Awarded$350,000Term24 monthsProgramWorkers' Rights