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
- Washington, DC // 2013
ONE DCSupport for outreach and training activities to build the capacity of DC residents to advocate in a campaign for economic equality and living wage jobs.Awarded$15,000Term12 monthsProgramPresident's Discretionary Fund
- San Francisco, CA // 2013
Tides CenterSupport to help launch the Talent Philanthropy Project for activities to encourage philanthropic investment in nonprofit talent and staff development to build the capacity of the social justice advocacy sector.Awarded$16,500Term6 monthsProgramPresident's Discretionary Fund
- Washington, DC // 2014
American University – Washington College of LawSupport for the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University's Washington College of Law to develop training and advocacy materials on the human right to civil legal counsel.Awarded$25,000Term12 monthsProgramPresident's Discretionary Fund
- Silver Spring, MD // 2014
Catholic Legal Immigration NetworkSupport to help develop an innovative self-directed online training course for immigrant legal service providers.Awarded$25,000Term12 monthsProgramPresident's Discretionary Fund
- New York, NY // 2014
Children’s Aid SocietySupport for the Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program.Awarded$10,000Term12 monthsProgramPresident's Discretionary Fund
- New York, NY // 2014
Columbia School of LawSupport to the Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School for a convening of legal experts to coordinate international and domestic access to justice and civil counsel work.Awarded$15,000Term12 monthsProgramPresident's Discretionary Fund