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.

  • Washington, DC // 2021

    National Reentry Network for Returning Citizens

    Support to provide increased member organizing capacity, advocacy training, promote restorative practices, and organize the community of returning citizens. 
    Awarded
    $200,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Justice Reform
  • New Orleans, LA // 2021

    Operation Restoration

    Support to Block Builderz for directly impacted leadership in Oklahoma to build community-led solutions for addressing mass incarceration and promoting economic and racial justice.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Justice Reform
  • New Orleans, LA // 2021

    Promise of Justice Initiative

    Support for advocacy and implementation of unanimous juries in Louisiana and to build capacity at East Baton Rouge Parish Prison Reform Coalition.
    Awarded
    $300,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Justice Reform
  • New Orleans, LA // 2021

    Voice of the Experienced

    Support to provide grassroots leadership, organizing, and advocacy expertise for advancing criminal justice reform in Louisiana.
    Awarded
    $700,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Justice Reform
  • Denver, CO // 2021

    Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition

    Support to advance sentencing reform and reinvest in communities.
    Awarded
    $500,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Justice Reform
  • Tulsa, OK // 2021

    Oklahoma Policy Institute

    Support for a data landscape analysis on Oklahoma's youth justice system and to strengthen organizational capacity for research and youth justice policy advocacy.
    Awarded
    $360,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Justice Reform
  • New Orleans, LA // 2020

    Operation Restoration

    Support to reduce the number of incarcerated women and girls while supporting those who are currently and formerly incarcerated.
    Awarded
    $260,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Justice Reform
  • Detroit, MI // 2020

    Detroit Justice Center

    General support to reform and reimagine the justice systems in Detroit and Michigan.
    Awarded
    $300,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Justice Reform
  • Washington, DC // 2020

    School Justice Project

    Support for policy advocacy efforts to promote decarceration, increase community-based alternatives to incarceration, and improve conditions of confinement for DC’s incarcerated young adults.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Justice Reform
  • San Francisco, CA // 2020

    American University

    Support to the DCist to pursue community led reporting on criminal justice-related stories in D.C. wards east of the river grappling with incarceration and violence.
    Awarded
    $50,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Justice Reform