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
- Calabasas, CA // 2022
Social & Environmental EntrepreneursSupport for RISE for Youth to dismantle the current prison model, create and expand community alternatives to youth incarceration in Virginia.Awarded$400,000Term24 monthsProgramJustice Reform
- Oakland, CA // 2022
Common Counsel FoundationSupport for Visionary Freedom Fund to support youth justice reform movements across the country.Awarded$100,000Term12 monthsProgramJustice Reform
- Bronx, NY // 2021
Community Connections for YouthSupport for effective community-driven alternatives to incarceration for youth.Awarded$400,000Term24 monthsProgramJustice Reform
- Philadelphia, PA // 2021
Juvenile Law CenterSupport to advance litigation, policy reform, and public education to challenge harmful and ineffective youth justice practices and policies.Awarded$415,000Term24 monthsProgramJustice Reform
- Oakland, CA // 2021
W. Haywood Burns InstituteSupport to engage practitioners, providers, and community groups to reduce racial disparities in juvenile justice systems.Awarded$350,000Term18 monthsProgramJustice Reform
- Azusa, CA // 2021
Urban Association of Forestry and Fire Professionals IncSupport for the Forestry and Fire Recruitment Program’s Worker Hub and Social Enterprise Program.Awarded$200,000Term12 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities
- New York, NY // 2021
LatinoJustice PRLDEFSupport for Reenvision Justicia, LJP’s Center for Criminal Justice Reform.Awarded$200,000Term24 monthsProgramJustice Reform
- Washington, DC // 2021
The Education TrustSupport for the implementation of Pell grants restoration for incarcerated students.Awarded$200,000Term12 monthsProgramJustice Reform
- Sulphur, LA // 2021
Justice for Families, LTDSupport to expand the network of impacted families, elevate the family perspective, and educate systems professionals on family engagement and alternatives to youth incarceration.Awarded$100,000Term24 monthsProgramJustice Reform
- Chicago, IL // 2020
Equity and TransformationSupport for community organizing efforts to build social and economic equity for Black Chicagoans engaged in the informal economy, COVID-19 mutual aid, and coalition building to reduce Cook County's jail population.Awarded$25,000Term12 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities