The Just Transition Fund invests in organizations that are firmly rooted in our priority regions and states, and are creating economic opportunity or pursuing policy changes aligned with our goals and values.

We prioritize efforts that are led by or serve historically marginalized groups and those most impacted by changes in the coal economy, including low-income people, women, and Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color.

Our grantmaking aims to balance opportunities to achieve near-term impact with longer-term needs related to planning and capacity building, combining the elements we believe are necessary to create and sustain inclusive economic opportunity.

Photo credit: Sam Levitan and the Natural Capital Investment Fund

Our Strategies

Our grant investments support effective programs, policies, and projects that:

Connect Markets

We support initiatives that build local capacity and advance low-carbon sectors to create and retain wealth locally, including through creatively engaging the private sector or linking rural and urban markets.

Stimulate Entrepreneurship

We support efforts that foster collaboration among entrepreneurs, capital providers, and researchers. We also support efforts to incubate and scale innovative and entrepreneurial training programs.

Prepare Workers

We support workforce development programs that train affected workers and community members for new economy careers, including programs that offer wraparound support, partner with local employers, and create remote work opportunities.

Expand Broadband

We support community-driven broadband projects in places that lack sufficient connectivity in order to realize broadband’s potential to enable new economic development opportunities and reduce economic and social inequities.

Advance Policy

We support advocacy campaigns to create, strengthen, and implement just transition policies at the state and federal levels that drive investment in energy communities and are responsive to local needs and priorities.

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