The Just Transition Fund is on a mission to create economic opportunity for the frontline communities and workers hardest hit by the transition away from coal. As an innovative hybrid initiative—part grantmaker, part catalyst—we provide investments to help communities create 21st century jobs, and technical assistance to empower local leaders to act. Our goal is to advance economic solutions that are equitable, inclusive, and low-carbon. We work to:

  • Strengthen and diversify local economies,
  • Promote inclusive and equitable economic growth,
  • Build the resilience of low-income workers and prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow,
  • Accelerate the development of low-carbon solutions, and
  • Promote systems change and accelerate scale

Guided by a belief in the power of communities, the Fund leverages public and private resources, advances learning, and guides policy change to accelerate and scale an equitable and just economic transition—from the ground up.

To address the energy transition challenge, the Fund utilizes a new philanthropic approach—acting as both a grantmaker and nonprofit innovator—to help scale community-based economic and workforce development models that create a pathway to prosperity for coal workers and communities. Through direct, grantmaking investments we’re improving the effectiveness of the field and creating innovative funding streams for transition projects to accelerate communities’ ability to respond. By arming the field with technical assistance and specialized resources, we’re identifying replicable strategies and solutions to bring new 21st Century economic development models to coal communities.

By creating an on-ramp for foundations, the Fund functions as a vehicle for national and regional philanthropic engagement by enabling foundations to invest directly in local, coal-affected communities.

“The Just Transition Fund plays a vitally important, multifaceted role in supporting the just transition movement to both achieve depth and breadth of impact.

“Its team has the knowledge and set of relationships necessary to effectively resource just transition work, while also providing coal communities with access to specialized expertise.”

Rachael Young
Program Officer at the Mertz Gilmore Foundation
Read more about the partnership between the foundation and Just Transition Fund