Public Welfare Foundation Announces $7.9 Million in Grants

The Public Welfare Foundation in Washington, D.C., has announced third-quarter grants totaling $7.9 million.

Awarded through the foundation's Workers' Rights, Health Reform, Criminal and Juvenile Justice, and Special Opportunities programs, the grants will be used to help reduce the population of adult prisoners and reform the juvenile justice system; create safer workplaces and better protection for workers, particularly low-wage workers; and spur rational reform of the healthcare system.

Grantees include the Council of State Governments, which was awarded $150,000 to convene a national summit dedicated to reducing the growth of corrections and recidivism and produce a report on the proceedings; Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, which was awarded $500,000 over two years to create an online database to track the risks of disease from on-the-job exposure to chemical hazards; Georgia Stand Up, which was awarded $150,000 for a project designed to ensure that low-income communities in Atlanta are involved in the decennial census; the Children's Defense Fund, which received $100,00 to advance systemic juvenile justice reforms in New York State; and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, which was awarded $200,000.

In addition, the foundation awarded grants totaling more than $1 million to five southern organizations, including the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, the North Carolina Justice Center, Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, Center for Public Policy Priorities, and the Tennessee Health Care Campaign, to support state and national health reform measures.

For a complete list of third-quarter grantees, visit the organization's Web site.

"The Public Welfare Foundation Announces New Grants." Public Welfare Foundation Press Release 10/19/2009.