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
- New Market, TN // 2021
Highlander Research and Education CenterSupport to Mississippi Prison Reform Coalition (MPRC) to reform Mississippi’s punitive sentencing laws and prison system.Awarded$100,000Term12 monthsProgramJustice Reform
- New York, NY // 2021
LatinoJustice PRLDEFSupport for Reenvision Justicia, LJP’s Center for Criminal Justice Reform.Awarded$200,000Term24 monthsProgramJustice Reform
- Denver, CO // 2021
Colorado Criminal Justice Reform CoalitionSupport to advance sentencing reform and reinvest in communities.Awarded$500,000Term24 monthsProgramJustice Reform
- Austin, TX // 2020
Texas Criminal Justice CoalitionSupport to advance adult and youth justice reforms in Texas.Awarded$670,000Term24 monthsProgramCriminal Justice
- Atlanta, GA // 2020
Southern Center for Human RightsSupport for statewide policy advocacy and coalition building to advance justice reform in Georgia.Awarded$500,000Term24 monthsProgramCriminal Justice
- Lansing, MI // 2020
Safe & Just MichiganSupport to advance policies to reduce Michigan’s over-use of incarceration and promote community safety and healing.Awarded$400,000Term24 monthsProgramCriminal Justice
- Philadelphia, PA // 2020
American Friends Service CommitteeSupport for a statewide sentencing reform campaign in Arizona and community-based reinvestment initiatives.Awarded$500,000Term24 monthsProgramCriminal Justice
- New York, NY // 2019
Human Rights WatchSupport for advocacy and implementation work around California’s reforms in youth transfer and sentencing laws.Awarded$200,000Term24 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- Washington, DC // 2019
Association of Prosecuting AttorneysGeneral support.Awarded$200,000Term24 monthsProgramCriminal Justice
- New York, NY // 2019
LatinoJustice PRLDEFSupport for Reenvision Justicia.Awarded$200,000Term24 monthsProgramCriminal Justice