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
- Burlington, VT // 2019
Rights and Democracy Education FundSupport for state advocacy and organizing group in Vermont to protect workers.Awarded$450,000Term24 monthsProgramWorkers' Rights
- Brooklyn, NY // 2019
Center for Popular DemocracySupport for coordination of state coalitions and forced arbitration campaigns.Awarded$700,000Term24 monthsProgramWorkers' Rights
- Washington, DC // 2019
Center for Progressive ReformSupport for occupational safety and health research, policy design, and technical assistance for state and local advocacy.Awarded$400,000Term24 monthsProgramWorkers' Rights
- Longmeadow, MA // 2019
National Council on Occupational Safety & HealthSupport to advance policies that protect workersÛª rights by uniting workers to achieve safe, healthy, and just conditions through leadership development, technical assistance and network expansion.Awarded$300,000Term24 monthsProgramWorkers' Rights
- Boston, MA // 2019
Public Health Advocacy InstituteSupport for technical assistance, public education, and research.Awarded$300,000Term24 monthsProgramWorkers' Rights
- Baltimore, MD // 2019
Centro de los Derechos del MigranteSupport to advocate for migrant worker protections through legal representation, transnational litigation support, worker training, and organizing.Awarded$400,000Term24 monthsProgramWorkers' Rights
- Brooklyn, NY // 2019
Justice in MotionSupport to advocate for policy reforms protecting migrant rights across borders including training lawyers in the U.S. and Latin America on issues in transnational cases for migrant workers.Awarded$250,000Term24 monthsProgramWorkers' Rights
- New York, NY // 2019
Make the Road New YorkSupport for New York State Low-Wage Worker Organizing Table to advance workers' rights through organizing, legal services, worker training, and local and state advocacy.Awarded$900,000Term24 monthsProgramWorkers' Rights
- Washington, DC // 2018
National Employment Law ProjectSupport for the National Legal Advocacy Network.Awarded$175,000Term12 monthsProgramWorkers' Rights
- Minneapolis, MN // 2018
BlueGreen Alliance FoundationSupport for Safer Chemicals, Safer Jobs Program.Awarded$200,000Term24 monthsProgramWorkers' Rights