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
- Oakland, CA // 2022
Youth RadioSupport 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$300,000Term24 monthsProgramJustice Reform
- Madison, WI // 2022
EX-incarcerated People OrganizingSupport to advance EXPO's justice reinvestment efforts in Wisconsin.Awarded$100,000Term12 monthsProgramJustice Reform
- Washington, DC // 2022
American UniversitySupport for the WAMU/DCist newsroom to further develop and expand their criminal justice reporting hub.Awarded$100,000Term12 monthsProgramJustice Reform
- Brooklyn, NY // 2021
Capital B News, Inc.Support to provide high-quality, relevant, criminal justice reporting to Black Atlantans.Awarded$114,000Term12 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities
- Milwaukee, WI // 2021
Marquette UniversitySupport for Neighborhood News Service to expand adult and youth justice reporting in Milwaukee.Awarded$75,000Term12 monthsProgramJustice Reform
- Washington, DC // 2021
National Public RadioSupport for criminal and youth justice media coverage in three Gulf State Newsrooms: Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.Awarded$100,000Term12 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities
- New Orleans, LA // 2021
Voice of the ExperiencedSupport to provide support for the advisory council of the People First Campaign.Awarded$150,000Term24 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities
- Jackson, MS // 2021
Mississippi News and Information CorpSupport for accurate, data-driven investigative reporting on Mississippi’s criminal and youth justice systems.Awarded$100,000Term12 monthsProgramJustice Reform
- Ann Arbor, MI // 2021
Regents of the University of MichiganSupport for Michigan Radio to expand adult and youth justice reporting in Michigan.Awarded$100,000Term12 monthsProgramJustice Reform
- Denver, CO // 2021
Public Broadcasting of ColoradoSupport to expand adult and youth justice reporting in Colorado.Awarded$100,000Term12 monthsProgramJustice Reform