Welcome to the Justice40 Accelerator Application!

Communities at the frontlines of climate, environmental, and social injustices have the wisdom and the solutions to create transformational change. Historic structural racism and bureaucratic inadequacies have often led to a lack of access to the capacity and resources needed to implement their community-driven solutions. With the Biden-Harris Administration’s Justice40 commitment and the unprecedented public funding flowing from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act, the Inflation Reduction Act, and other federal initiatives, the Justice40 Accelerator aims for organizations from under invested communities to be informed, inspired, and equipped to navigate the public funding space so that public money can flow to communities who need it.

 The J40 Accelerator Application Process Timeline

The application cycle for the 2023-24 Justice40 Accelerator program is now closed

The timeline for the 2023-24 Accelerator cohort is as follows:


June 1: Application opens

June 8: Live webinar option #1 for application info session

June 15: Live webinar option #2 for application info session


Mid-September (exact date TBD): Invitations sent to prospective cohort members selected to participate. Notifications to all applicants will be sent (declined)

Late September: Cohort 3 members confirmed and publicly announced

October: Kick-off celebration and Accelerator launch 

October 2023 - September 2024: Cohort 3 programming

September 2024: Sunset Celebration / Join J40A Alumni Community

Who Is The Accelerator For?

The Justice40 Accelerator will support community-based and community-led groups/organizations working at the frontlines of environmental crises and advancing community-driven climate solutions. Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) status, fiscally sponsored projects, and cooperatives based in the U.S., including sovereign lands located within the U.S. and its territories, are eligible to apply.

We are looking for applications from groups that:
1) Have identified a project that addresses Justice40 Initiative covered programs (climate change resilient infrastructure, clean energy and energy efficiency, clean transportation, affordable and sustainable housing, sustainable agriculture and food systems, the remediation and reduction of legacy pollution, critical clean water and waste infrastructure, and training and workforce development related to any of the preceding areas);
2) Have majority Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) leadership and serve BIPOC-majority communities;
3) Have the ability and interest to participate in the Accelerator offerings from October 2023 - September 2024; and,
4) Have interest and intent to apply, with Accelerator assistance, for public funds during that time.
If you fit this criteria, we encourage you to apply to future cohorts when they open! We do not have an anticipated date for a future application period at this time.

 *Agriculture and food systems are not a covered program under the Justice40 Initiative but we invite projects focused on this to apply given the amount of public funding available and the Accelerator track record of successfully winning these grants.

Application Info Session Webinars

We hosted two live webinars, on June 8th and June 15th, to share information about the Justice40 Accelerator. Please review the recording below to learn more about the Accelerator.

For questions, please refer to the FAQs below or contact [email protected]


2023 Application Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Us

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