2021 Grantmaking

In 2021, the Just Transition Fund will hold two distinct grantmaking cycles that align with Fund’s high-level, organizational goals and strategies. In the communities most affected by the changing coal economy, we’ll prioritize projects from organizations working to create economic opportunity and strengthen local economies through community economic development strategies, workforce programs, transition-related policy, and long-term community transition planning. The two 2020 grantmaking cycles are:

  • Community Economic and Workforce Development. This cycle focuses on innovative organizations that are working to create high road jobs, equitably build local prosperity and wealth, and improve the economic conditions of workers and marginalized community members.
  • Policy & Planning.  This cycle focuses on organizations that are working to advance local, state, and federal transition-related policies. Our planning grants support nascent community planning efforts and help communities access specialized expert resources and apply for federal grants. 

We accept proposal submissions from organizations on our RFP list and continually look to add new organizations to the list. To ensure your group is eligible to be considered for future RFPs, please see our grantmaking inquiry form information below. 

Two men standing at a distillery.
Photo credit to Bill Bamberger and the Natural Capital Investment Fund

Rapid Response Fund

We maintain a Rapid Response Fund to help our community of grantees (past and present) address urgent needs and opportunities. Designed to be accessed quickly, small grants are available to support time-sensitive efforts by our partners to advance model economic transition initiatives. To determine eligibility, please complete this short inquiry form. If eligible, we will provide guidance for submitting a complete (and brief) application. 

Grantmaking Inquiry Form

We’re interested in learning more about your organization’s work on economic transition. Before COVID-19, coal facilities were closing at a rapid rate that the pandemic has only accelerated. If these closures are affecting your community and your organization is responding, we want to hear from you. Please complete this form and tell us more about the conditions in your community. We’re particularly interested in programs that improve the economic conditions of low-income, people of color, and/or women. If your organization is a fit, we’ll contact you and add you to our list of upcoming grantmaking announcements. Please note: This form is NOT a letter of inquiry.

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