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.

  • Oakland, CA // 2022

    Common Counsel Foundation

    Support for Visionary Freedom Fund to support youth justice reform movements across the country.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Justice Reform
  • Washington, DC // 2021

    The Sentencing Project

    Support for advocacy work in DC and Michigan.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Justice Reform
  • Calabasas, CA // 2021

    Social & Environmental Entrepreneurs

    Support to Youth BreakOUT! for Hurricane Ida relief efforts.
    Awarded
    $50,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Special Opportunities
  • New Orleans, LA // 2021

    Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools

    Support for Hurricane Ida emergency relief efforts.
    Awarded
    $50,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Special Opportunities
  • New Orleans, LA // 2021

    Promise of Justice Initiative

    Support for Hurricane Ida emergency relief efforts.
    Awarded
    $50,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Special Opportunities
  • New Orleans, LA // 2021

    Ubuntu Village Nola

    Support for Hurricane Ida emergency relief efforts.
    Awarded
    $50,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Special Opportunities
  • New Orleans, LA // 2021

    Voice of the Experienced

    Support for Hurricane Ida emergency relief efforts.
    Awarded
    $50,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Special Opportunities
  • New Orleans, LA // 2021

    Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children

    Support for Hurricane Ida emergency relief efforts.

    Awarded
    $50,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Special Opportunities
  • New Orleans, LA // 2021

    Loyola University New Orleans

    Support to Loyola University's College of Law to continue a data landscape analysis on Louisiana’s criminal justice systems.
    Awarded
    $2,200
    Term
    5 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