Approach

The Just Transition Fund is guided by a deep belief in the power and wisdom of communities to solve their own problems. We also know that communities often need financial assistance to implement and advocate for the solutions that work for them. We believe that frontline communities—those most affected—need the most assistance. Our grantmaking programs prioritize support for community-based organizations that are firmly rooted in the priority places in which we work and that embrace the goals of the Fund.

In 2020, the Just Transition Fund will hold two distinct grantmaking cycles that align with Fund’s high-level, organizational goals and strategies. We’ll be prioritizing projects from organizations working to create economic opportunity and strengthen local economies through community economic development strategies, workforce programs, policy, and long-term community transition planning. These grantmaking cycles are:


  • Community economic and workforce development
  • Policy

Only organizations on our RFP email list are invited to submit proposals. To ensure your group is eligible to be considered for future RFPs, please fill out our interest form. Note this form is NOT a Letter of Inquiry.

To respond to immediate opportunities, we maintain a Rapid Response Fund. Designed to be accessed quickly, this funding pool is available to grantees and key partners working on urgent, time-sensitive projects and policies that have the potential to significantly advance (or impede) community economic transition efforts. This includes capacity grants to help communities enhance the competitiveness of federal grant programs applications.