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
- San Antonio, TX // 2022
United Way of San Antonio and Bexar CountySupport for nonprofit organizations with expertise providing mental health services, so that they may serve the communities impacted by the recent Uvalde Elementary School Massacre.Awarded$100,000Term12 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities
- New York, NY // 2022
United States Fund for UNICEFSupport for Ukraine Crisis Response FundAwarded$200,000Term12 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities
- Baltimore, MD // 2022
Restorative Response BaltimoreSupport for an intensive summer reading and writing program dedicated to shifting harmful narratives about Black women and girls through both the meaningful study and creation of art.Awarded$50,000Term3 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities
- Brooklyn, NY // 2022
Black Women’s BlueprintGeneral SupportAwarded$100,000Term12 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities
- Piedmont, OK // 2022
R.I.S.E.Support to build out R.I.S.E.'s Diversion School in Oklahoma CityAwarded$75,000Term12 monthsProgramPresident's Discretionary
- Columbia, MD // 2022
BreakFree EducationSupport for the BreakFree IRAA FellowshipAwarded$50,000Term12 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities
- New Orleans, LA // 2022
Operation Restoration75th Anniversary True Reformer Award: support to strengthen Operation Resortaions' operating and programmatic infrastructure.Awarded$500,000Term24 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities
- Ann Arbor, MI // 2022
Michigan Center for Youth Justice75th Anniversary True Reformer Award: support to strengthen Michigan Center for Youth Justice's operating and programmatic infrastructure.Awarded$500,000Term24 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities
- Milwaukee, WI // 2022
Hmong American Women’s Association75th Anniversary True Reformer Award: support to the African American Roundtable to strengthen its operating and programmatic infrastructure.Awarded$500,000Term24 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities
- Calabasas, CA // 2022
Social & Environmental Entrepreneurs75th Anniversary True Reformer Award: support to Women on the Rise to strengthen its operating and programmatic infrastructure.Awarded$500,000Term24 monthsProgramSpecial Opportunities