State Transition Funds

State transition funds include resources to replace lost property tax revenues, provide critical support for workers, and create new funding streams to diversify and strengthen local economies. Tailored to the specific needs of the affected communities, and informed by what’s working on-the-ground, state transition funds also help build toward federal action.

Our state policy grants support efforts to create comprehensive transition funds in coal-impacted states, as well to create state matching funds that help coal communities leverage federal funding. We look for opportunities to support efforts that are informed by existing models in other states, and we prioritize support for efforts that are led by and serve the low-income people, women, and Black, Indigenous, and people of color most impacted by the changing coal economy.

However, if you are working to advance transition policy in your state and your efforts are aligned with the priorities described above, please reach out to Director of Grantmaking, Rachael Young.

To find information about other grant opportunities, please visit our Federal Access Center page.

Grants are made by invitation only.

Eligibility Qualifiers and Grant Details

Eligible Organizations

Qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations are eligible to apply. We prioritize community-based organizations deeply rooted in coal-affected areas and state and regional organizations that have a strong track record of partnership with local communities to advance economic transition. We also welcome joint proposals by coalition partners.

Geographic Focus

We’ll consider proposals from any state impacted by the decline of the coal industry.

Grant Amounts and Purpose

Grant amounts vary and generally range from $50,000 to $100,000. If invited to submit a full proposal, we will provide additional guidance. Funds can be used for a wide variety of activities, including outreach, organizing, advocacy, and coalition-building.


Outcomes will be measurable by the end of the grant period, and may include, e.g., achieving key milestones in advancing meaningful transition policy, increased influence among key policymakers, increased public support for policies, and/or changes in public opinions.


Please contact Rachael Young, Director of Grantmaking.