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 // 2020
W. Haywood Burns InstituteSupport to engage practitioners, providers, and community groups to reduce racial disparities in juvenile justice systems.Awarded$250,000Term12 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- New Orleans, LA // 2020
Promise of Justice InitiativeSupport for advocacy and implementation of unanimous juries in Louisiana.Awarded$100,000Term12 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- Calabasas, CA // 2020
Social & Environmental EntrepreneursSupport for RISE for Youth to transform juvenile justice in Virginia.Awarded$400,000Term24 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- Washington, DC // 2019
New Venture FundSupport to Communities for Just Schools Fund to advance community organizing efforts in reducing the criminalization of youth of color and LGBTQ youth in schools.Awarded$200,000Term12 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- New York, NY // 2019
Race ForwardSupport for Race Forward’s Mass Freedom: Confronting Mass Criminalization project.Awarded$25,000Term12 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities
- New Orleans, LA // 2019
Promise of Justice InitiativeSupport for the Participatory Defense Movement-NOLA.Awarded$85,000Term12 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- Oakland, CA // 2019
ColorOfChange.Org Education FundGeneral support.Awarded$150,000Term12 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- Calabasas, CA // 2019
Social & Environmental EntrepreneursSupport to Performing Statistics for youth led advocacy to end youth incarceration through arts based programming and exhibits.Awarded$100,000Term12 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania // 2019
Media Mobilizing ProjectSupport for the Youth Art and Self-Empowerment Project and a pilot technical assistance model in Philadelphia.Awarded$70,000Term12 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- Atlanta, GA // 2019
Alternate Roots Inc.Support for SpiritHouse, an organization that uses culture, art and media to support the empowerment and transformation of communities most impacted by poverty, racism, gender inequity, criminalization and mass incarceration in North Carolina.Awarded$45,000Term12 monthsProgramYouth Justice