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.

  • Brooklyn, NY // 2021

    Common Justice

    Support to collaborate with People’s Advocacy Institute for technical assistance for restorative justice-based alternatives to incarceration in Jackson and build a continuum of care in Mississippi.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Special Opportunities
  • Oakland, CA // 2021

    National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform

    Support for policy and technical assistance for D.C.'s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council Project.
    Awarded
    $215,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Justice Reform
  • Norcross, GA // 2021

    Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta

    Support for anti‐Asian violence response, recovery, and healing.

    Awarded
    $200,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Special Opportunities
  • Seattle, WA // 2021

    ORS Impact

    Support for an evaluation and learning framework.
    Awarded
    $100,000
    Term
    4 months
    Program
    Special Opportunities
  • Oakland, CA // 2021

    New Breath Foundation

    Support to provide coordination, convening, and leadership development for racial justice and solidarity initiatives in the Asian American community.
    Awarded
    $200,000
    Term
    24 months
    Program
    Special Opportunities
  • Madison, WI // 2021

    Freedom Inc

    Support to mobilize the Asian community within Wisconsin and develop transformative justice skills.
    Awarded
    $200,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Special Opportunities
  • Miami, FL // 2021

    SOUL Sisters Leadership Collective, Inc.

    General support.
    Awarded
    $150,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Special Opportunities
  • Charlottesville, VA // 2021

    Conscious Capitalist Foundation

    Support for the Rehabilitating Juvenile Justice Initiative.
    Awarded
    $80,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Special Opportunities
  • Burien, WA // 2021

    CHOOSE 180

    Support for the Youth and Young Adult Advocacy Program.  
    Awarded
    $150,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Special Opportunities
  • St. Louis, MO // 2021

    Creative Reaction Lab

    Support for the Creative Design Apprenticeship Program.
    Awarded
    $150,000
    Term
    12 months
    Program
    Special Opportunities