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.

  • Washington, DC // 2020

    Greater Washington Community Foundation

    Support for DC Fund for Just and Peaceful Neighborhoods.
    Awarded
    $200,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Justice Reform
  • Washington, DC // 2020

    New Venture Fund

    Support to the Youth First State Advocacy Fund for state-based advocacy campaigns focused on redirecting resources from youth prisons to community-based approaches, rooted in racial equity.
    Awarded
    $220,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Youth Justice
  • Calabasas, CA // 2020

    Social & Environmental Entrepreneurs

    Support for National Alianza for Latino Youth Justice to end incarceration for Latinx youth.
    Awarded
    $200,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Youth Justice
  • Ocean Springs, MS // 2020

    Mississippi Rising Coalition

    Support for Mississippi Prison Reform Coalition to end mass incarceration and lead efforts to build a more just and humane system in Mississippi.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Special Opportunities
  • New Orleans, LA // 2020

    Promise of Justice Initiative

    Support for Participatory Defense Movement in New Orleans.
    Awarded
    $95,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Youth Justice
  • Chicago, IL // 2020

    Urban Juncture Foundation

    Support for GoodKids, Mad City responding to racial injustice, police brutality, COVID-19 relief efforts, and to continue implementing violence prevention efforts in impacted neighborhoods in Chicago.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice
  • Chicago, IL // 2020

    Role Model Movement, Inc.

    Support for My Block, My Hood, My City to repair communities and small businesses in Chicago damaged during protests in response to racial injustice and police brutality. 
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Criminal Justice
  • Louisville, KY // 2020

    Community Foundation of Louisville, Inc.

    Support for local, community rooted organizations in Louisville responding to racial injustice, protecting peaceful protests, COVID-19 response efforts, and to establish a scholarship fund to honor the lives of Breonna Taylor and David McAtee.
    Awarded
    $250,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Special Opportunities
  • St. Paul, MN // 2020

    TakeAction Minnesota Education Fund

    Support for Black Vision Collective to organize the Black Minneapolis community and dismantle systems of violence.
    Awarded
    $300,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Special Opportunities
  • Calabasas, CA // 2020

    Social & Environmental Entrepreneurs

    Support to Performing Statistics for arts-based advocacy to end youth incarceration in Virginia. 
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Youth Justice