Grantees

2021 Grantees

The following list includes all grants the Just Transition Fund made during our 2021 Community Economic and Workforce Development, Policy, Planning/Capacity Building, and Federal Application Support cycles.

Community Economic and Workforce Development

Appalachian Sustainable Development

Abingdon, VA

$20,000


Appalachian Sustainable Development's (ASD) mission is to transition Appalachia to a more resilient economy and a healthier population by supporting local agriculture, exploring new economic opportunities, and connecting people to healthy food. With Just Transition Fund support, ASD will implement its Groundwork workforce development program.


Coalfield Development

‍Wayne, WV

$150,000


Coalfield Development addresses the acute lack of jobs and economic diversity in West Virginia coalfield communities by committing to a just and equitable transition via holistic workforce training. With Just Transition Fund support, Coalfield will expand its Workforce Readiness and Professional Success (WRAPS) training program and develop two new training centers in southern West Virginia.


Colorado Farm & Food Alliance 

Paonia, CO

$40,000


Colorado Farm & Food Alliance (COFFA) builds capacity within the local farm and food industry in order to support and enhance cooperation, best practices, and market opportunities; work for a more sustainable food system; and elevate farm and food stakeholders as climate change and conservation leaders. With Just Transition Fund support, COFFA will strengthen local food networks and secure economic sectors that support agriculture.


Colorado Farm & Food Alliance 

Paonia, CO

$7,500


Colorado Farm & Food Alliance (COFFA) builds capacity within the local farm and food industry in order to support and enhance cooperation, best practices, and market opportunities; work for a more sustainable food system; and elevate farm and food stakeholders as climate change and conservation leaders. With Just Transition Fund support, COFFA will develop its new equity garden and farmer incubator project. 


Generation West Virginia

‍Charleston, WV

$150,000


Generation West Virginia (GWV) is a statewide organization dedicated to attracting, retaining, and advancing young talent in West Virginia. With Just Transition Fund support, GWV will expand its two holistic workforce development programs, the Impact Fellowship and NewForce, and will also pilot the WV Jobs Network, to create more job opportunities and career pathways. 


Little Village Environmental Justice Organization

Chicago, IL

$40,000


Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO) works to achieve environmental justice and self-determination for its community of low-income, working-class, immigrant families in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago. With Just Transition Fund support, LVEJO will advance its efforts to build a new energy economy at the state and local levels by expanding its Solar for All community workforce development program. 


‍Mountain Association

‍Berea, KY

$100,000


Mountain Association works to create economic opportunity and support the sustainable use of natural resources in Kentucky and Central Appalachia. With Just Transition Fund support, Mountain Association will implement its energy and entrepreneurship programming, which provides financing, technical assistance, and other services to create economic opportunity in the region. 


NAACP LaPorte County Branch 3061

Michigan City, IN

$40,000


The NAACP La Porte County Branch works to develop an equitable and inclusive local economy and address the environmental harms that disproportionately impact low-income Black communities. Northwest Indiana is on the verge of a significant transition away from coal, and with Just Transition Fund support, NAACP Laporte County Branch will pilot its Soul Power Project, which aims to prepare impacted workers and communities for solar energy jobs. 


Native Renewables

Flagstaff, AZ

$100,000


Native Renewables empowers Native American families to achieve energy independence by growing renewable energy capacity and affordable access to off-grid power. It uses off-grid solar installations to provide power to families on the Navajo and Hopi Nations, train a local workforce to install and maintain these systems, and educate the broader community about solar energy and off-grid power. With Just Transition Fund support, Native Renewables will implement its Solar Workforce Development and Hozho Homes programs. 


Partner Community Capital

Shepherdstown, WV

$50,000


Partner Community Capital (formerly Natural Capital Investment Fund) advances economic diversification and the transition to a new economy in Central Appalachia by expanding access to capital as well as capacity and field building that promotes entrepreneurship. With Just Transition Fund support, Partner Community Capital will scale the West Virginia Women’s Business Center, which supports women and other socially disadvantaged entrepreneurs to become a potent force for driving small-business growth.


Rural Action

‍The Plains, OH

$75,000


Rural Action is a community development organization working to build a more just economy in Appalachian Ohio by developing the region’s assets in environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable ways. With Just Transition Fund support, Rural Action will expand its Whole Farm program, which stimulates entrepreneurship in agriculture and agroforestry, and will expand to incorporate technical assistance for on-farm solar installations.


Rural Renewable Energy Alliance 

Backus, MN

$40,000


The Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL) works to bring solar energy to low-income families and communities in Central and Northern Minnesota in sufficient quantities to have a provable impact on poverty over time. With Just Transition Fund support, RREAL will pilot a solar workforce program in partnership with the White Earth Tribal Community College. 


Southern Appalachia Labor School

Kincaid, WV

$40,000


Southern Appalachia Labor School (SALS) provides education, research, and linkages for working class and disenfranchised peoples in order to promote understanding, empowerment, and change in Appalachia. With Just Transition Fund support, SALS will implement a workforce development project for affordable housing in the coalfieds.


Tribe Awaken

Winslow, AZ

$75,000


Tribe Awaken utilizes honorable processes to partner with traditional land users, communities, and tribes to maximize the benefits whether it be around basics of power, water, restoration of land, to jobs and new sources of revenue. With Just Transition Fund support, Tribe Awaken will support and organize the Navajo Nation through a major retail expansion strategy, focused on Native-owned grocery stores that source locally. 


Policy

Appalachian Citizens' Law Center

Whitesburg, KY

$80,000


The Appalachian Citizens' Law Center (ACLC) is a nonprofit law firm that fights for justice in the coalfields by representing coal miners and their families on issues of black lung and mine safety. It also works with grassroots groups and individuals to protect the land and people from degradation caused by extractive industries. With Just Transition Fund support, ACLC will advocate for state transition policies in Virginia and federal policies focused on reclamation and black lung disease.


Appalachian Voices

Charlottesville, VA

$100,000


Appalachian Voices brings people together to protect the region’s land, air, and water and to advance a just transition to a generative and equitable clean energy economy. With Just Transition Fund support, Appalachian Voices will advocate for state transition policies in Virginia, work to expand the state’s clean energy sector, and advance federal transition policies.


Center for Coalfield Justice

Washington, PA

$75,000


The Center for Coalfield Justice (CCJ) is an environmental justice organization in Southwest Pennsylvania that works to improve oversight of fossil fuel extraction and use; educate, empower, and organize coalfield residents; and protect public and environmental health. With Just Transition Fund support, CCJ will advocate for a just transition office in Pennsylvania and advance planning efforts in Greene County to diversify the local economy. 


Energy Efficient West Virginia

Charleston, WV

$10,000


Energy Efficient West Virginia (EEWV) brings together West Virginia residents, small businesses, and consumer and environmental organizations to advance energy efficiency. With Just Transition Fund support, EEWV will create a grassroots public response for electric consumer and sustainability protections at the West Virginia Public Service Commission. 


Energy Efficient West Virginia

Charleston, WV

$25,000


Energy Efficient West Virginia (EEWV) brings together West Virginia residents, small businesses, and consumer and environmental organizations to advance energy efficiency. With Just Transition Fund support, EEWV will advocate for state-level policies that expand West Virginia’s energy efficiency sector and to promote local economic transition policies for communities impacted by coal plant closures.


Illinois Environmental Council Education Fund

Springfield, IL

$75,000


The Illinois Environmental Council Education Fund (IEC) ensures a healthful environment for all

Illinoisans through education, communication and collaboration. IEC partners with the Prairie Rivers Network (PRN), which works to reduce the impact of coal on rivers and groundwater across the state and promote renewable energy, decarbonization, and a just transition from the fossil fuel economy. With Just Transition Fund support, IEC and PRN will work to ensure the Clean Energy Jobs Act programs are responsive to the unique needs of Illinois’ coal communities.


Kentucky Coalition

London, KY

$30,000


Kentucky Coalition is a social justice organization supporting leadership development, grassroots organizing, and public policy advocacy in Kentucky, Appalachia, and across the South. With Just Transition Fund support, Kentucky Coalition will develop the leadership of Kentuckians, strategically engage with allies, and help Eastern Kentucky secure federal investments in ways that center racial equity, economic justice, local control, and sustainability.


Ohio River Valley Institute

Johnstown, PA

$12,500


The Ohio River Valley Institute’s (ORVI) mission is to support communities in the region working to advance a more prosperous, sustainable, and equitable Appalachia. ORVI produces data-driven research and proposes policies to improve the economic performance and standards of living in the region, with a focus on shared prosperity, clean energy, and equitable democracy. With Just Transition Fund support, ORVI will provide research to inform the Repairing the Damage report on coal ash reclamation.


RECLAIM Coalition 

Minneapolis, MN

$150,000


The RECLAIM Coalition—composed of Appalachian Voices, Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center, and the Blue Green Alliance—advocates for the passage of the RECLAIM Act and other federal policies necessary for a just transition for coal communities. With Just Transition Fund support, the Coalition will continue to advance the RECLAIM Act, which promotes economic revitalization in coal communities through increased investment in reclamation projects on abandoned mine land.  


ReImagine Appalachia

Johnstown, PA

$25,000


ReImagine Appalachia is a coalition of individuals and organizations building an equitable 21st-century economy that benefits the Ohio River Valley’s workers, communities, and environment.  With Just Transition Fund support, ReImagine Appalachia will hold a 2022 planning summit and develop community-informed strategies and work plans focused on maximizing federal investment in the region.


Reimagining Rural Assistance Network

Washington, DC

$25,000


Formed in March 2021, the Reimagining Rural Assistance Network (RRAN) is a focused,

nimble, diverse coalition of rural development advocates, experts, and practitioners committed to

strengthening federal policy outcomes for rural America. It aims to enable federal resources and policy to yield more equitable rural economic and opportunity outcomes. With Just Transition Fund support, RRAN will enable targeted policy advocacy and research for rural communities and economic development. 


Solar United Neighbors

Washington, DC

$65,000


Solar United Neighbors (SUN) works to create a clean and equitable energy system that directs control and benefits back to local communities. With Just Transition Fund support, SUN will advocate to expand and reform the federal Rural Energy for America Program and to help rural businesses access this funding for solar projects.


West Virginia Community Development Hub

Charleston, WV

$75,000


The West Virginia Community Development Hub is a statewide community development organization that drives forward community economic development strategies in West Virginia’s rural communities. With Just Transition Fund support, the Hub will coordinate a statewide coalition that engages localities to leverage federal funding, makes federal funding more accessible to West Virginia’s coal-impacted communities, and holds federal agencies accountable.

Western Organization of Resource Councils Education Project

Billings, MT

$75,000


The Western Organization of Resource Councils Education Project (WORC) is building a grassroots base of concerned citizens working for stewardship and conservation of land, water and energy resources, sustainable agriculture, and civic engagement that advance its vision of a democratic, sustainable, and just society. With Just Transition Fund support, WORC will conduct organizing, advocacy, and oversight to maximize the use of federal funds and ensure that they support inclusive, equitable growth.



Planning and Capacity

Athens County Foundation

Athens, OH

$7,500


The Athens County Foundation enhances the quality of life through building endowments, awarding grants, and providing leadership on key community issues now for residents of Athens, Ohio. With Just Transition Fund support, the Athens County Foundation will hold a Broadband Town Hall, bringing together members of Congress, federal agency leadership, private sector representatives, broadband practitioners, and community leaders in order to advance efforts to expand broadband access in local communities and across the Appalachian region.


Clean Air Coalition of Western New York

Buffalo, NY

$25,000


Clean Air Coalition of Western New York (CAC) is an environmental justice membership-based organization. With Just Transition Fund support, CAC will organize the Tonawanda Waterfront Alliance, focused on advancing just transition efforts at the former Huntley coal plant site.


Eastern Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation 

Ashley, PA

$25,000


Eastern Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation (EPCAMR) works to encourage the reclamation and redevelopment of land affected by past mining practices. This includes reducing hazards to health and safety, eliminating soil erosion, improving water quality, and returning land affected by past mining practices to productive use, thereby improving the economy of the region. With Just Transition Fund support, EPCAMR will expand a site selection tool for reclaimed mine land and build private-sector partnerships. 


Enterprise Community Partners

Washington, DC

$50,000


Enterprise Community Partners houses the Ohio State Resource Network, which helps local leaders in economically challenged communities take strategic actions to attract and retain residents and businesses. With Just Transition Fund support, the Network will offer its services to coal-impacted communities in Appalachian Ohio that are transitioning to more diverse, equitable, and environmentally sustainable economies.


Friends of the Cheat

Kingwood, WV

$25,000


Friends of the Cheat (FOC) works to restore, preserve, and promote the outstanding natural qualities of the Cheat River watershed in northern West Virginia. With Just Transition Fund support, FOC will develop small business programming for the Mountaineer Trail Network Authority.


Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis

Lakewood, OH

$50,000


The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) conducts research and analyses on financial and economic issues related to energy and the environment. IEEFA has been working closely with community leaders from the Navajo Nation who have made important progress in accelerating the transition from coal to clean energy. With Just Transition Fund support, IEEFA will advance the transition efforts of the Navajo and Hopi in Arizona and New Mexico.


Just Transition Northwest Indiana

Michigan City, IN

$25,000


Just Transition Northwest Indiana’s (JT NWI) mission is to educate and organize Northwest Indiana communities and workers in support of a just transition to a regenerative economy that protects the environment, climate, and future generations. With Just Transition Fund support, JT NWI will develop an early planning blueprint for the Michigan City Generating Station and plan for a clean closure of its coal ash site.


Mon Forest Towns Partnership

Morgantown, WV

$25,000


The Mon Forest Towns Partnership is a multi-agency coalition of towns and supportive organizations across the Monongahela National Forest focused on growing the region’s outdoor recreation economy. With Just Transition Fund support, the Mon Forest Towns Partnership will formalize as a nonprofit organization and develop an operational plan.


Outdoor Recreation Council of Appalachia

Athens, OH

$25,000


The Outdoor Recreation Council of Appalachia (ORCA) utilizes Appalachian Ohio’s plentiful outdoor recreation assets to diversify the regional economy and provide social, environmental, and health benefits for Ohioans. With Just Transition Fund support, ORCA will advance planning and development efforts for the Baileys Trail System.


Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition

Charlottesville, VA

$75,000


The Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition—composed of Appalachian Voices, Coalfield Development, and Rural Action—partners with state and regional development agencies to identify mine reclamation projects with the potential to drive economic and social impacts. With Just Transition Fund support, the Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition will identify and support innovative reclamation projects and advance policies affecting mine reclamation. 


Rural Community Assistance Partnership

Washington, DC

$15,000


The Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) is a national network of non-profit partners working to build capacity around access to safe drinking water, sanitary wastewater, and economic development in rural and tribal communities across the country. With Just Transition Fund support, RCAP will partner with Native Americans in Philanthropy to better define impact metrics relevant to rural and tribal communities.


Rural Urban Bridge Initiative

Abingdon, VA

$40,000


The Rural-Urban Bridge Initiative (RUBI) is a network of people and organizations focused on understanding and overcoming the rural-urban divide and changing the public discourse in rural communities. With Just Transition Fund support, RUBI will expand its Rural Urban Divide training series.


San Juan Collaborative for Health Equity

Yatahey, NM

$20,000


San Juan Collaborative for Health Equity (SJCHE) works to identify and address the social, economic, and environmental causes of health inequities for Diné communities in northwestern New Mexico. With Just Transition Fund support, SJCHE will conduct a landscape analysis and community survey in Diné communities impacted by the decline of coal industries in the region.




Federal Application Support

Backroads of Appalachia

Lynch, KY

$15,000


Backroads of Appalachia's vision is to elevate Central Appalachia to become the mecca for motorsports and tourism, creating good jobs for communities. With Just Transition Fund support, Backroads of Appalachia will submit a competitive proposal to the Economic Development Administration’s Travel, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Program.


Center for Rural Health Development 

Hurricane, WV

$10,000


The Center for Rural Health Development’s mission is to create a healthy future for West Virginia by

improving the health of its residents and the strength of the health care delivery system, especially in rural and underserved communities. With Just Transition Fund support, the Center will submit a competitive planning proposal to the Appalachian Regional Commission’s POWER program to conduct a health care workforce gap analysis. 


Colorado Farm & Food Alliance 

Paonia, CO

$25,000 


Colorado Farm & Food Alliance (COFFA) builds capacity within the local farm and food industry in order to support and enhance cooperation, best practices, and market opportunities; work for a more sustainable food system; and elevate farm and food stakeholders as climate change and conservation leaders. With Just Transition Fund support, COFFA will submit a competitive proposal to the Economic Development Administration’s Travel, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Program (EDA) to expand western Colorado’s agritourism, outdoor recreation, and arts sectors.


Create Buckhannon

Buckhannon, WV

$25,000


Create Buckhannon strives to build a safe, affordable, and welcoming community with a culture

of inclusiveness in the Buckhannon-Upshur County region, including by developing a set of outdoor recreation assets and providing educational opportunities. With Just Transition Fund support, Create Buckhannon will submit a competitive proposal to the Economic Development Administration to develop the area’s tourism assets.


Coalfield Development

Wanye, WV

$20,000


Coalfield Development addresses the acute lack of jobs and economic diversity in West Virginia coalfield communities by committing to a just and equitable transition via holistic workforce training. With Just Transition Fund support, Coalfield will submit a competitive workforce proposal to the Appalachian Regional Commission’s POWER program.


Coalfield Development

Wanye, WV

$25,000


Coalfield Development addresses the acute lack of jobs and economic diversity in West Virginia coalfield communities by committing to a just and equitable transition via holistic workforce training. With Just Transition Fund support, as the leader of the Appalachian Climate Technology (ACT) Now Coalition, Coalfield will submit a competitive proposal to the Economic Development Administration’s Build Back Better Regional Challenge. 


Fayette County Commission

Fayetteville, WV

$20,000


The Fayette County Commission is providing support for the New Roots Community Farm (NRCF), which supports  agriculture entrepreneurs to foster the growth of the local food economy in the New River Gorge region and Southern West Virginia. With Just Transition Fund support, Fayette County Commission will submit a competitive planning proposal to the Appalachian Regional Commission’s POWER program to support NRCF.


Friends of the Cheat

Kingwood, WV

$20,000


Friends of the Cheat (FOC) works to restore, preserve, and promote the outstanding natural assets of the Cheat River watershed in northern West Virginia. With Just Transition Fund support, FOC will submit a competitive planning proposal to the Appalachian Regional Commission’s POWER program to support the Mountaineer Trail Network Authority.


Future Generations University

Franklin, WV

$25,000


Future Generations University is a global pioneer in higher education, specializing in the interdisciplinary field of Applied Community Development. With Just Transition Fund support, Future Generations University will submit a competitive proposal to the Appalachian Regional Commission’s POWER program to advance the agroforestry economic sector in West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Ohio, and North Carolina. 


Generation West Virginia

Charleston, WV

$100,000


Generation West Virginia (GWV) is a statewide organization dedicated to attracting, retaining, and advancing young talent in West Virginia. With Just Transition Fund support, GWV will work to increase the number of broadband projects that are ready and able to secure federal funding to build out broadband infrastructure.


Generation West Virginia

Charleston, WV

$20,000


Generation West Virginia (GWV) is a statewide organization dedicated to attracting, retaining, and advancing young talent in West Virginia. With Just Transition Fund support, GWV will submit a competitive proposal to the Appalachian Regional Commission’s POWER program to support its Impact Fellowship program.


Generation West Virginia

Charleston, WV

$23,000


Generation West Virginia (GWV) is a statewide organization dedicated to attracting, retaining, and advancing young talent in West Virginia. With Just Transition Fund support, as part of the Appalachian Climate Technology (ACT) Now Coalition, GWV will submit a competitive proposal to the Economic Development Administration’s Build Back Better Regional Challenge. 


Grayson Gallery and Art Center

Grayson, KY

$15,000


Grayson Gallery and Art Center is a community member of What’s Next East Kentucky (WNEKY), a regional network of community-based and regional partners working to move toward a more diverse, entrepreneurial, asset-based economy. With Just Transition Fund support, Grayson Gallery will submit a competitive planning proposal to the Appalachian Regional Commission’s POWER program to support the Community Toolkit and Community Accelerator program.


Heart of Appalachia Tourism Authority

Saint Paul, VA

$25,000


The Heart of Appalachia Tourism Authority promotes outdoor tourism in the westernmost localities of Virginia (Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Tazewell, Wise Counties and the City of Norton). With Just Transition Fund support, the Heart of Appalachia Tourism Authority will submit a competitive proposal to the Economic Development Administration’s Travel, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Program to develop the Three Rivers Destination Center. 


High Rocks Educational Corporation

Hillsboro, WV

$25,000


High Rocks Educational Corporation’s mission is to educate, empower, and inspire young people in West Virginia. With Just Transition Fund support, as part of the Appalachian Climate Technology (ACT) Now Coalition, High Rocks will submit a competitive proposal to the Economic Development Administration’s Build Back Better Regional Challenge. 


Outdoor Recreation Council of Appalachia

Athens, OH

$20,000


The Outdoor Recreation Council of Appalachia (ORCA) utilizes Appalachian Ohio’s plentiful outdoor recreation assets to diversify the regional economy and provide social, environmental, and health benefits. With Just Transition Fund support, ORCA will submit a competitive proposal to the Appalachian Regional Commission’s POWER program to support the Baileys Trail System.


Russell County, Virginia

Lebanon, VA

$20,000


With Just Transition Fund support, Russell County will submit a competitive proposal to the Appalachian Regional Commission’s POWER program to support the Three Rivers Destination Project. This project will co-locate several key outdoor recreation-focused entities in one location in a hub for visitors and community members to significantly grow the outdoor recreation and tourism economy in Southwest Virginia. 


Strategic Energy Innovations

San Rafael, CA

$25,000


Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI) is a partner in the Navajo Renewable Energy Economic Transition Education and Workforce Development Collaborative, which is designed to create equitably accessible pathways into high-wage, high-growth, renewable energy careers, especially for those impacted by the decline of the coal industry in the Navajo Nation. With Just Transition Fund support, SEI will submit a competitive proposal to the Economic Development Administration’s Good Jobs Challenge to provide renewable energy workforce training. 


Upper Kanawha Valley Strategic Initiatives Council

Smithers, WV

$25,000


The Upper Kanawha Valley Strategic Initiatives Council (UKVSIC) promotes collaboration between the Cities of Montgomery and Smithers, West Virginia, including working to implement the River Cities Trail Plan and the Smithers Riverfront Park Plan. With Just Transition Fund support, UKVSIC will submit a competitive proposal to the Economic Development Administration’s Travel, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Program to implement the River Cities Trail Plan and Smithers Riverfront Park Plan.


Wayne County Commission

Wayne, WV

$75,000


The Wayne County Commission promotes the interest and general welfare of the County and its citizens. Guided by a 2020 Broadband Assessment, Wayne County is working to build a fiber optic network to serve 31 unserved/underserved communities. With Just Transition Fund support, Wayne County Commission will apply for the Appalachian Regional Commission’s POWER program to design and engineer Phase I of the Wayne County Broadband Deployment project.




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