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This past May, Solutions Project released our largest round of Leadership Fund grants to date with investments across California, Iowa and New York. This funding reflects three years of growth in our grantmaking strategy from the initial few grants in 2015 to a national portfolio that provides $710,000 to fifteen organizations.

These investments empower partners to be innovative and collaborative as they connect their neighborhood-level solutions to improve state-wide policy. In many cases, we bring the first national funding for these on-the-ground organizations.

Solutions Project is honored to play a small role in supporting our grantee partners. Together, we are advancing a shared vision of 100% clean energy for all.

CALIFORNIA

Outline of California

$50,000 to support coordination of clean energy and equity policy in California.

Learn more about the California Environmental Justice Alliance. 

$40,000 to support organizing in the Los Angeles metro area and to advance planning and guidance of the Transformative Climate Communities Program.

Learn more about SCOPE’s work.

$40,000 to support organizing and advocacy of the Transformative Climate Communities Program to benefit residents in the San Joaquin and Eastern Coachella Valleys.

Learn more about the Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability. 

$30,000 to support a climate justice and Just Transition agenda through engagement in Community Choice Aggregation and the Transformative Climate Communities Program in Fresno, Kern, Merced, Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties

Learn more about Faith in the Valley’s work.

$40,000 to support grassroots organizing and advocacy for selection of Inland Valley region as the third geographic location for the Transformative Climate Communities Program.

Learn more about Community Action and Environmental Justice. 

$25,000 to support farmworker engagement and advocacy on climate justice through existing state coalitions.

Learn more about the United Farm Workers Foundation. 

IOWA

Iowa

$130,000 over two years in programmatic support for movement building, engagement in rural communities, and development of a Climate Justice Project to advance 100% clean renewable energy.

Learn more about Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement.

$45,000 to advance clean energy policy that benefits low-income and frontline communities in Iowa.

Learn more about the Iowa Environmental Council.

$30,000 over two years to support equitable clean energy adoption and implementation in northeast Iowa, and advancement of the energy district model statewide.

Learn more about the Winneshiek Energy District.

NEW YORK

NewYork

$125,000 to support coalition-building and resourcing of New York ecosystem organizations, advance energy democracy and equity, and support community solar development initiatives in the state.

Learn more about the New York Energy Democracy Alliance.

$35,000 to support climate justice and Just Transition work in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, including continued development of the REVitalize Initiative and related demonstration projects and leadership in the NY Renews coalition.

Learn more about UPROSE.

$25,000 in programmatic support for their efforts related to NY Renews, including leadership development and Just Transition in Buffalo.

Learn more about Open Buffalo.

$35,000 to support leadership in the NY Renews coalition, pilot community solar projects and the REVitalize Initiative.

Learn more about the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance.

$30,000 to support leadership in NY Renews, development of a community solar project through the REVitalize Initiative, and advancement of the Hunts Point Resiliency Project.

Learn more about the Point CDC.

$30,000 to support rural and agricultural community engagement on energy equity, clean energy adoption and community solar through the RenewableNY program, and leadership in the Energy Democracy Alliance and NY Renews.

Learn more about Catskill Mountain Keeper.

Leadership Fund Committee Members

We are especially appreciative of our Leadership Fund Committee members and the role they play in shepherding forward our grantmaking work. 

Andrew Brower |W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Alison Corwin | Surdna Foundation

Elizabeth Yeampierre | UPROSE

Miya Yoshitani | APEN

Sarah Shanley HopeSolutions Project

 Shamar Bibbins | The Kresge Foundation

Vien TruongGreen For All

Vivian ChangEast Bay Community Foundation 

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To learn more about Solutions Project’s grantmaking work, our Leadership Fund, and our rapid-response Fighter Fund grants please visit our Grants page.