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
- Denver, CO // 2022
Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition75th Anniversary True Reformer Award: support to strengthen CCJRC's operating and programmatic infrastructure.Awarded$500,000Term24 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities
- Oakland, CA // 2022
National Center for Youth LawSupport for Colorado Youth Justice Initiative to reduce the negative impact of the legal system on Colorado youth.Awarded$100,000Term12 monthsProgramJustice Reform
- San Francisco, CA // 2022
Tides CenterSupport for the Powell Project to advance policy and litigation around extreme sentencing in Colorado.Awarded$50,000Term12 monthsProgramJustice Reform
- Aurora, CO // 2022
Second Chance CenterSupport for holistic, client-centered services to help formerly incarcerated people transition to lives of success and fulfillment in Colorado.Awarded$400,000Term24 monthsProgramJustice Reform
- New York, NY // 2021
Columbia UniversitySupport for the Justice Lab to provide technical assistance to systems stakeholders for youth justice and young adult justice reform efforts in Colorado and Milwaukee.Awarded$150,000Term12 monthsProgramJustice Reform
- Calabasas, CA // 2021
Social & Environmental EntrepreneursSupport for the Systemic Liberation Project to conduct an evaluation of the Colorado Transforming Justice Initiative.Awarded$150,000Term12 monthsProgramJustice Reform
- Denver, CO // 2021
Colorado Criminal Justice Reform CoalitionSupport for El Movimiento Sigue as part of the Transforming Justice Initiative.Awarded$150,000Term12 monthsProgramJustice Reform
- Denver, CO // 2021
Public Broadcasting of ColoradoSupport to expand adult and youth justice reporting in Colorado.Awarded$100,000Term12 monthsProgramJustice Reform
- Santa Barbara, CA // 2021
Latino Coalition for Community LeadershipSupport to Latino Coalition for the Transforming Justice Initiative, and to develop the organization’s capacity to highlight the replicability of Colorado’s community reinvestment model.Awarded$500,000Term24 monthsProgramJustice Reform
- Colorado Springs, CO // 2021
Voces Unidas for JusticeSupport to serve as a local anchor organization in El Paso County, Colorado as part of the Transforming Justice Initiative.Awarded$150,000Term12 monthsProgramJustice Reform