Social Justice Programs

Posted by Public Welfare Foundation on July 20, 2015

The Public Welfare Foundation supports efforts to advance justice and opportunity for people in need. To that end, the foundation is accepting Letters of Intent for projects in its focus areas of criminal justice, juvenile justice, and workers’ rights.

1) Criminal Justice: The foundation’s Criminal Justice program supports groups working to end overincarceration of adult offenders in the United States while also aiming to reduce racial disparities in incarceration. In particular, the program awards grants to groups that are working on sentencing reform..

2) Juvenile Justice: The Juvenile Justice program supports groups working to end the criminalization and overincarceration of youth in the United States. In particular, the program supports groups working to advance state policies that restrict the juvenile justice system’s use of incarceration and expand the use of community-based programs for youth; end the practice of trying, sentencing, and incarcerating youth in the adult criminal justice system; and promote the fair and equitable treatment of youth of color who come into contact with the juvenile justice system.

3) Workers’ Rights: Through its Workers’ Rights program, the foundation supports policy and system reforms aimed at improving the lives of low-wage working people in the United States, with a focus on securing their basic legal rights to safe, healthy, and fair conditions at work. Specifically, the program awards grants to groups working to advance reforms aimed at holding employers accountable for wage theft; advance reforms to prevent severe illness, injury, and death on the job; and advance workers’ rights in complex, fissured employment arrangements through research and strategic thought leadership.

To be eligible, applicants must be tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

LOIs are accepted on a rolling basis. If, after review, a full proposal is invited, applicants will be assigned a deadline for the proposal submission.

For complete program guidelines, FAQs, and application instructions, see the PWF website.

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