04/23/2021 in Announcements

Announcing The Ohio Climate Justice Fund

We are excited to announce the launch of The Ohio Climate Justice Fund (OCJF), an emerging initiative that will invest in Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) organizations in Ohio, working at the intersection of racial justice and climate action.  

Efforts to advance a clean energy future have historically excluded diverse voices. And studies have shown that nonprofit organizations led by people of color receive only a fraction of the philanthropic investment that White-led organizations receive. 

The OCJF was created to elevate a diverse coalition of advocates that will build the power to influence policy change and help move us toward a just and inclusive clean energy economy for Ohio.

Launched with seed funding and support from the George Gund Foundation, Energy Foundation, and the Cleveland Foundation, the OCJF will award competitive, one-time grants between $15,000-$30,000 to BIPOC led organizations across Ohio to host community listening sessions and lead communities in conversations about the best and most effective ways to address climate and environmental justice in their communities. Grant applications are due by COB on May 19, 2021.

The OCJF released a pre-recorded informational session to share more about the grant opportunity, the Fund’s advisory board, and goals. Please click here to watch it and be sure to forward this announcement to those in your network!

To learn more, visit ohioclimatejusticefund.org, or email Leah D. Hudnall, Director of The Ohio Climate Justice Fund at leah@ohioclimatejusticefund.org. To stay connected to this effort, follow the OCJF on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.