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
- Columbia, MD // 2022
BreakFree EducationSupport for the BreakFree IRAA FellowshipAwarded$50,000Term12 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities
- New York, NY // 2022
Columbia UniversitySupport for the Justice Lab to design a community-centered approach to youth justice reform.Awarded$200,000Term12 monthsProgramJustice Reform
- San Francisco, CA // 2022
Tides CenterSupport to Zealous for a coordinated platform for public defender led media and policy advocacy campaigns.Awarded$120,000Term12 monthsProgramJustice Reform
- Jackson, MS // 2022
Mississippi Center for JusticeSupport co-develop the Hinds County Diversion/Alternative-to-Incarceration Program in partnership with the People’s Advocacy Institute.Awarded$125,000Term12 monthsProgramJustice Reform
- Athens ,GA // 2022
University of Georgia FoundationSupport for a 2022 update to the data landscape report on Georgia’s adult and youth justice systems.Awarded$100,000Term12 monthsProgramJustice Reform
- New Orleans, LA // 2022
Ubuntu Village NolaGeneral SupportAwarded$200,000Term24 monthsProgramJustice Reform
- Kalamazoo, MI // 2022
Western Michigan University FoundationSupport for a second cohort of systems impacted Youth Juvenile Justice Fellows.Awarded$199,327Term24 monthsProgramJustice Reform
- Washington, DC // 2022
Council for Court ExcellenceSupport to produce two annual updates to the local landscape analysis, “D.C.’s Justice Systems: An Overview.”Awarded$200,000Term24 monthsProgramJustice Reform
- New Orleans, LA // 2022
Operation Restoration75th Anniversary True Reformer Award: support to strengthen Operation Resortaions' operating and programmatic infrastructure.Awarded$500,000Term24 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities
- Ann Arbor, MI // 2022
Michigan Center for Youth Justice75th Anniversary True Reformer Award: support to strengthen Michigan Center for Youth Justice's operating and programmatic infrastructure.Awarded$500,000Term24 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities