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 // 2013

    Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

    General support.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Special Opportunities
  • Washington, DC // 2013

    Justice at Stake

    Support for the organization's "Fair Courts in the States" project, which aims to protect against efforts to undermine the independence of the judiciary.
    Awarded
    $160,000
    Term
    18 months
    Program
    Special Opportunities
  • Washington, DC // 2014

    Alliance for Justice

    Support to provide training and technical assistance to Foundation grantees around rules and regulations that govern their actions in the civic arena.
    Awarded
    $70,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Special Opportunities
  • Washington, DC // 2014

    Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

    General support.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Special Opportunities
  • Baltimore, MD // 2014

    Public Justice Center

    Support for the National Coalition for a Right to Civil Counsel, which is working on behalf of indigent litigants.
    Awarded
    $25,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Special Opportunities
  • San Francisco, CA // 2014

    State Bar of California

    Support to implement a statewide capacity-building, coordination and assessment program to pilot practical training programs for recent law school graduates serving moderate-income people in California.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Special Opportunities
  • Washington, DC // 2014

    Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

    Support to enhance networking and strengthen connections in the DC philanthropic community, thereby reaching new audiences for philanthropic engagement and an increase of revenue for the organization.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Special Opportunities
  • Washington, DC // 2014

    Children’s Defense Fund

    General support.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Special Opportunities