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.

  • Milwaukee, WI // 2022

    Hmong American Women’s Association

    75th Anniversary True Reformer Award: support to the African American Roundtable to strengthen its operating and programmatic infrastructure.
    Awarded
    $500,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Special Opportunities
  • Madison, WI // 2022

    EX-incarcerated People Organizing

    Support to advance EXPO's justice reinvestment efforts in Wisconsin.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Justice Reform
  • Madison, WI // 2021

    Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health

    Support for Milwaukee Freedom Fund to end pretrial detention and reinvest in Milwaukee’s communities.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Justice Reform
  • Milwaukee, WI // 2021

    Marquette University

    Support for Neighborhood News Service to expand adult and youth justice reporting in Milwaukee.
    Awarded
    $75,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Justice Reform
  • Milwaukee, WI // 2021

    Greater Milwaukee Foundation

    Support to create the Milwaukee DYFS Youth Justice Partnership Fund.
    Awarded
    $200,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Justice Reform
  • Milwaukee, WI // 2021

    Hmong American Women’s Association

    Support for LiberateMKE, a campaign calling for divestment from police and reinvestment into communities.
    Awarded
    $250,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Justice Reform
  • Madison, WI // 2021

    Freedom Inc

    Support to mobilize the Asian community within Wisconsin and develop transformative justice skills.
    Awarded
    $200,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Special Opportunities
  • Milwaukee, WI // 2021

    Public Allies

    Support for young adult leaders in apprenticeships with local nonprofit partners to build capacity, shape inclusive cultures and transform communities.
    Awarded
    $25,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    President's Discretionary Fund
  • Madison, WI // 2020

    Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness

    Support for COVID-19 relief efforts, resource navigation, and to expand COVID-19 communication and outreach efforts within the Black community.
    Awarded
    $25,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Special Opportunities
  • Milwaukee, WI // 2020

    Milwaukee County Health and Human Services Department

    Support for a Zero Youth Corrections Project Manager at the Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) to dramatically reduce the number of incarcerated Milwaukee County youth.
    Awarded
    $300,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Justice Reform