Public Welfare Foundation Grant

From Public Welfare Foundation

Public Welfare Foundation aims to catalyze a transformative approach to justice that is community-led, restorative, and racially just. They fund justice reform efforts that transform the lives of those harmed, hold people accountable, heal communities, and foster racial equity without relying on mass incarceration.

Type of Support


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 Public Welfare Foundation awards grants in the following focus areas:

  • Organizations and projects with a focus on structural and systemic changes in the U.S. criminal justice system
  • Organizations developing innovative, transformative approaches to youth and adult criminal justice reform with an eye toward supporting impacted leaders in: CO, DC, GA, LA, MI, MS (Jackson), OK, TN, WI (Milwaukee)
  • 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


Organization's Location
Program Location
USA, with preference for CO, DC, GA, LA, MI, MS (Jackson), OK, TN, WI (Milwaukee)
Organization Type
Fiscally-sponsored organizations

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.


Direct Services
International Projects
not specified


Required Attachments
Letter of Inquiry (LOI)
Organizational Budget
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