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The Justice40 Accelerator Opens Applications for Its Third Cohort

Participating organizations receive in-depth training and support to increase opportunities for accessing federal climate funding flowing from the Justice40 Initiative.


July 14, 2023

Media contact: Emma Baumgart,, 312-967-2968

Applications are now open for the third cohort of the Justice40 Accelerator, a national effort designed to help community-led environmental justice projects compete successfully for federal funding flowing from the Biden/Harris administration’s Justice40 Initiative.

The Justice40 Initiative, which directs at least 40% of the benefits from federal investments in climate and clean energy solutions to historically marginalized communities, acknowledges that communities of color and low-income communities have borne the worst effects of climate change and dirty energy.

Since 2021, over 100 grassroots organizations have participated in the Justice40 Accelerator. Now in its third year, the Justice40 Accelerator is ready to support the next cohort of community-based, community-led organizations that are ready to advance their work on the frontlines. Participants engage in a 12-month cohort experience that includes in-depth training on public grant requirements, best practices for submitting federal project proposals, direct access to technical assistance, joining a network of climate justice activists, and more! All cohort members receive a $25,000 unrestricted grant to support participation.

Interested parties can learn more about the opportunity and how to apply at

About the Justice40 Accelerator

The Justice40 Accelerator is independent of the federal government. It is a partnership among leading climate justice and community development nonprofits, including:

  • Elevate, a Chicago nonprofit creating a just and equitable world in which everyone has clean and affordable heat, power, and water in their homes and communities — no matter who they are or where they live.

  • Groundswell, which builds community power by connecting clean energy projects with economic empowerment for local communities in five states and D.C.

  • Partnership for Southern Equity, which advances policies and institutional actions that promote racial equity and shared prosperity for all in the growth of metropolitan Atlanta and the American South.

  • The Hummingbird Firm, a community-engagement consulting firm specializing in face-to-face and digital public involvement, environmental communications, climate action, and cultural competency training.

  • The Solutions Project, a national nonprofit promoting climate justice through grantmaking and through amplifying the stories of front-line community leaders –especially women of color – in the media

  • People’s Climate Innovation Center, supports community-driven approaches and solutions that address complex climate challenges through capacity building and intergenerational leadership training.

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