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.

  • Azusa, CA // 2022

    Urban Association of Forestry and Fire Professionals Inc

    Support for the Forestry and Fire Recruitment Program’s Worker Hub and Social Enterprise Program.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    President's Discretionary Fund
  • Washington, DC // 2022

    National Juvenile Defender Center

    Support to (NJDC) as it rebrands into the Gault Center to acknowledge the power that language has on systemic outcomes and racial equity.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    President's Discretionary Fund
  • Brooklyn, NY // 2022

    Inside Climate News

    Support to provide reporting and analysis on climate, energy, and environmental news.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    President's Discretionary Fund
  • Washington, DC // 2021

    Empower DC

    General support.
    Awarded
    $25,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    President's Discretionary
  • Alisa Viejo, CA // 2021

    Haitian Bridge Alliance

    General support.
    Awarded
    $50,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    President's Discretionary
  • Washington, DC // 2021

    Thrive DC

    General support.
    Awarded
    $25,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    President's Discretionary
  • Amherst, MA // 2021

    Peace Development Fund

    Support for I Am Why to bring young women and gender expansive activists together with researchers and other partners to increase individual and collective power.
    Awarded
    $25,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    President's Discretionary
  • Washington, DC // 2021

    The Praxis Project

    Support for the UndocuBlack Network to create inclusive immigrant and racial justice movements.
    Awarded
    $25,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    President's Discretionary
  • Chicago, IL // 2021

    Cabrini Green Legal Aid Clinic

    General support.
    Awarded
    $25,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    President's Discretionary Fund
  • Milwaukee, WI // 2021

    Public Allies

    Support for young adult leaders in apprenticeships with local nonprofit partners to build capacity, shape inclusive cultures and transform communities.
    Awarded
    $25,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    President's Discretionary Fund