2021 Grantmaking

In 2021, the Just Transition Fund will hold two distinct grantmaking cycles that align with the 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 2021 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 and 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.


With historic levels of funding now available through a range of federal agencies, we launched a new grantmaking opportunity in October 2021 to help coal communities develop strong applications for federal funding. Grants of up to $25,000 are now available on a rolling basis to support the development of strong federal applications, such as to secure technical expertise and to qualify as matching funds.

Our Request for Proposals to support federal applications can be found here. In addition, a guide to the broad range of federal programs available to communities in economic transition is available here.

For our regular grantmaking cycles (Community Economic and Workforce Development and Policy & Planning), we accept proposal submissions from organizations on our RFP list. We continually look to add new organizations to the list. To request to be added to this list and receive notifications about 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. We are accepting submissions on a rolling basis in 2021 until November 15, and we will reopen the Rapid Response Fund in 2022.

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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