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
- Denver, CO // 2015
Colorado Juvenile Defender CenterGeneral Support.Awarded$225,000Term24 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- Evanston, IL // 2015
Youth Justice Initiative of IllinoisGeneral Support.Awarded$200,000Term24 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- Charlottesville, VA // 2015
Legal Aid Justice CenterSupport for advocacy to promote alternatives to youth incarceration.Awarded$200,000Term12 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- Washington, DC // 2015
National Youth Justice NetworkGeneral Support.Awarded$500,000Term24 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- Montgomery, AL // 2015
Southern Poverty Law CenterSupport for the Florida Campaign to stop trying children as adults.Awarded$100,000Term12 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- Austin, TX // 2015
Texans Care for ChildrenSupport for advocacy to reduce youth incarceration and raise the age of juvenile court jurisdiction in Texas.Awarded$50,000Term12 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- Chestnut Hill, MA // 2015
Trustees of Boston CollegeSupport for research and a report with policy recommendations for reducing incarceration of girls in the juvenile justice system.Awarded$23,014Term12 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- Dallas, PA // 2013
Justice Project, LLCSupport for a documentary film produced by Justice Project LLC about the "kids for cash" judicial corruption scandal in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.Awarded$50,000Term6 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- Bridgeport, CT // 2014
Connecticut Youth Justice AllianceSupport for the Connecticut Youth Justice Alliance, which promotes a safe, effective, and fair juvenile justice system in Connecticut.Awarded$250,000Term24 monthsProgramYouth Justice
- New Orleans, LA // 2014
Louisiana Center for Children’s RightsSupport for research and advocacy to raise the age of juvenile court jurisdiction in Louisiana.Awarded$100,000Term12 monthsProgramYouth Justice