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.

  • Cypress, TX // 2021

    Jail Project of Texas

    Support to provide direct aid and transportation to families of incarcerated people in response to recent winter storms in the South.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Justice Reform
  • Austin, TX // 2020

    Texas Criminal Justice Coalition

    Support to advance adult and youth justice reforms in Texas.
    Awarded
    $670,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice
  • Austin, TX // 2020

    Texas Public Policy Foundation

    Support for Right on Crime, a national campaign to advance state and federal criminal justice reform by generating support from conservative audiences.
    Awarded
    $150,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice
  • Dallas, TX // 2019

    The Afiya Center

    General support.
    Awarded
    $35,984
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Special Opportunities
  • Austin, TX // 2019

    Texas Public Policy Foundation

    Support to advance state and federal criminal justice reform by generating support from conservative audiences.
    Awarded
    $150,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice
  • Austin, TX // 2018

    Grassroots Leadership

    Support to end for-profit incarceration and reduce reliance on criminalization and detention through organizing, research, advocacy, and public education.
    Awarded
    $147,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Special Opportunities
  • Austin, TX // 2018

    Texas Criminal Justice Coalition

    Support to raise the age of juvenile court jurisdiction to 18.
    Awarded
    $250,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Youth Justice
  • Austin, TX // 2018

    Texas Criminal Justice Coalition

    General support.
    Awarded
    $620,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice
  • Austin, TX // 2018

    Texas Appleseed

    To advance policies in Texas to keep youth in school and out of the justice system.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Youth Justice
  • Austin, TX // 2018

    Center for Public Policy Priorities

    Fiscal analysis of criminal justice reform policies and community-centered reinvestment strategies in Texas, in partnership with state-based advocates. 
    Awarded
    $70,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice