The Public Welfare Foundation has a two-step application process that includes both a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) and a full proposal. We invite full proposals after reviewing letters of inquiry. We only consider full proposals we have invited that fit within the program guidelines and available resources.
Current focus areas include:
- Organizations and projects with a focus on structural and systemic changes in the U.S. criminal justice system. The Foundation does not typically fund direct service work (ex. individual support services, case management). However, the Foundation will consider initiatives that aim to further a demonstration project to make the case for non-carceral alternatives and transformative approaches to justice reform.
- Organizations developing innovative, transformative approaches to youth and adult criminal justice reform with an eye toward supporting impacted leaders in: Oklahoma; Michigan; Georgia; Colorado; Louisiana; Jackson, Mississippi; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Tennessee, and Washington, DC.
- Organizations, projects, or special initiatives with a focus on reducing harm and violence using community-centered interventions.
- Reframing the narrative and fostering greater transparency and urgency around the U.S. criminal justice system through storytelling, journalism and other targeted efforts.
Letter of Inquiry Content Guide
Each letter of inquiry should include the following information:
- The organization’s official name and contact information
- A proposal title
- Total organization budget
- Request amount
- A narrative description (4,500 characters or less) of your organization and work proposed, which should include the following: a) your organization’s mission and work; b) the problem(s) to be addressed by the proposal; c) the work to be performed; and d) the specific goals sought.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for any other questions about applying that are not answered here.