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
- Lansdowne, VA // 2016
Prison Fellowship MinistriesSupport to conduct advocacy and mobilize conservative grassroots membership to support state juvenile justice reform campaigns to reduce youth incarceration and transfer of youth to the adult system.Awarded$150,000Term24 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- Williamsburg, VA // 2016
National Center for State CourtsSupport for a national multimedia community engagement project on public trust and confidence in the courts.Awarded$50,000Term12 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities
- Charlottesville, VA // 2016
Legal Aid Justice CenterSupport to close two juvenile correctional centers and reinvest the savings into community based services.Awarded$400,000Term24 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- Williamsburg, VA // 2016
National Center for State CourtsSupport for advancing the meaningful Access to Justice for All project.Awarded$1,250,000Term24 monthsProgramSpecial Initiative: Civil Legal Aid
- Alexandria, VA // 2016
International Association of Chiefs of PoliceSupport for activities to educate law enforcement about the need for pretrial detention reform, and develop leadership among police to advance reform.Awarded$60,000Term7 monthsProgramCriminal Justice
- Williamsburg, VA // 2015
National Center for State CourtsSupport to foster state court education and leadership on pretrial detention reform rights.Awarded$200,000Term24 monthsProgramCriminal Justice
- Landsowne, VA // 2015
Prison Fellowship MinistriesSupport to mobilize grassroots prison ministry volunteers for advocacy in states targeted by the Americans for Safety and Justice sentencing reform campaign.Awarded$300,000Term24 monthsProgramCriminal Justice
- Charlottesville, VA // 2015
Legal Aid Justice CenterSupport for advocacy to promote alternatives to youth incarceration.Awarded$200,000Term12 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- Alexandria, VA // 2013
International Association of Chiefs of PoliceSupport to raise awareness and understanding about the need for pretrial detention reform among law enforcement leaders throughout the country, encouraging them to take a leadership role on the issue of pretrial policy.Awarded$100,000Term12 monthsProgramCriminal Justice
- Williamsburg, VA // 2013
National Center for State CourtsSupport to foster state court education and leadership on pretrial detention reform efforts.Awarded$300,000Term24 monthsProgramCriminal Justice