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.

  • Detroit, MI // 2022

    Wayne State University

    Support to the Center for Behavioral Health and Justice to produce an updated data landscape report on Michigan's adult and youth legal systems.
    Awarded
    $217,773
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Justice Reform
  • Walnut, CA // 2022

    Open Collective Foundation

    Support to JULIAN, a civil and human rights legal organization, for investigations of hate crimes in Mississippi.
    Awarded
    $75,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Justice Reform
  • Oakland, CA // 2022

    National Center for Youth Law

    Support for Colorado Youth Justice Initiative to reduce the negative impact of the legal system on Colorado youth.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Justice Reform
  • Atlanta, GA // 2022

    Atlanta/Fulton County Prearrest Diversion Initiative Inc.

    Support for Atlanta Policing Alternatives & Diversion Initiative to foster a new approach to community safety and wellness in Fulton County.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Justice Reform
  • Oakland, CA // 2022

    Youth Radio

    Support for YR Media’s National Youth Justice Desk to focus on stories led by the lived experiences of those directly impacted by the youth justice system.
    Awarded
    $300,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Justice Reform
  • New Orleans, LA // 2022

    Promise of Justice Initiative

    Support for East Baton Rouge Parish Prison Coalition to decarcerate East Baton Rouge Parish Prison, prevent harm inside the jail, and build power among directly impacted families through education, advocacy, and public awareness.
    Awarded
    $200,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Justice Reform
  • Washington, DC // 2022

    New Venture Fund

    Support to Communities for Just Schools Fund to end the school-to-prison pipeline, advance youth justice, and create healthy and equitable learning environments.
    Awarded
    $200,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Justice Reform
  • Atlanta, GA // 2022

    Georgia Justice Project

    Support to expand expungement access across Georgia and to advocate for policy reforms that help reduce reentry barriers for those with previous criminal legal system involvement.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Justice Reform
  • New Orleans, LA // 2022

    Operation Restoration

    Support to Block Builderz for directly impacted leadership in Oklahoma to build organizational capacity to address the harms of mass incarceration and promote racial justice.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Justice Reform
  • 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