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.

Grants in this cycle will fund efforts to advance the creation and implementation of transition funds in coal-impacted states. We will support both efforts to create new state transition funds, and to implement and strengthen existing state transition policies. 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.

Please note that this grant cycle is focused on state-level policy only. We will share information later this year about our grantmaking opportunities focused on supporting federal policy efforts.

This grant cycle is now closed.

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.

Application Process and Timeline

Please submit a brief online inquiry by May 31.

We will invite a limited number of full proposals for work that is most aligned with our goals and priorities.

Full proposals will be due in late June.

We will announce grants in August.


Please contact Rachael Young, Director of Grantmaking.