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
- San Francisco, CA // 2020
American UniversitySupport 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$50,000Term12 monthsProgramJustice Reform
- Brooklyn, NY // 2020
Common JusticeGeneral support.Awarded$200,000Term12 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities
- Savannah, GA // 2020
Deep CenterSupport for Still Astronauts, an initiative to transform Chatham County’s and Georgia’s juvenile and adult criminal justice systems.Awarded$50,000Term12 monthsProgramCriminal Justice
- San Francisco, CA // 2019
American UniversitySupport 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$50,000Term12 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities
- Oakland, CA // 2019
Safe PassagesSupport to Advance Peace, an initiative that partners with cities committed to interrupting the cycle of violence and incarceration.Awarded$20,000Term12 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities
- San Francisco, CA // 2019
Independent Arts & MediaSupport for the production of a criminal justice centered documentary from The Atlantic.Awarded$200,000Term12 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities