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
- Seattle, WA // 2022
ORS ImpactSupport for implementation of the programmatic evaluation and learning of the Foundation’s work.Awarded$585,000Term12 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities
- Seattle, WA // 2021
ORS ImpactSupport for a programmatic evaluation and learning framework.Awarded$400,000Term3 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities
- Bellevue, WA // 2021
MomsRising Education FundSupport for MomsRising Education Fund’s online juvenile justice organizing, targeted at mothers.Awarded$200,000Term24 monthsProgramJustice Reform
- Seattle, WA // 2021
ORS ImpactSupport for an evaluation and learning framework.Awarded$100,000Term4 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities
- Burien, WA // 2021
CHOOSE 180Support for the Youth and Young Adult Advocacy Program.Awarded$150,000Term12 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities
- Seattle, WA // 2020
ORS ImpactSupport for an evaluation and learning framework.Awarded$95,000Term6 monthsProgramPresident's Discretionary
- Bellevue, WA // 2020
MomsRising Education FundSupport for reporting on youth justice reform issues.Awarded$125,000Term12 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- Bellevue, WA // 2019
MomsRising Education FundSupport for reporting on juvenile justice issues.Awarded$100,000Term12 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- Bellevue, WA // 2014
MomsRising Education FundGeneral Support.Awarded$75,000Term24 monthsProgramWorkers' Rights
- Seattle, WA // 2015
Washington State Bar FoundationSupport for the Access to Justice Board.Awarded$25,000Term24 monthsProgramPresident's Discretionary Fund