Now What? Leveraging Federal Funds & Building Community Capacity for Climate Justice

Monday, February 12, 2024 -
2:30pm to 4:00pm EST
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You’re probably aware that the federal government is investing close to $4 trillion in infrastructure, environmental and clean energy projects in cities and states across America. 

So how can funders like you help overcome the barriers between federal dollars and the places that need them most – and ensure communities make the most of these once-in-a-generation, transformational commitments? 

Join us Feb. 12 from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. ET for Now What: Leveraging Federal Funds & Building Community Capacity for Climate Justice, the first in a series of quarterly calls focused on accessing and leveraging federal funds for climate and environmental justice. 

Presented by the Health and Environmental Funders NetworkNeighborhood Funders Group, and The Funders Network, this session will build upon the Thriving Communities regional convenings we hosted in the fall in partnership with Communities First. The convenings brought place-based and national funders together with federal agencies and community groups in the South, Northeast and Midwest regions. 

A panel of federal officials and philanthropic leaders will offer insight into what foundations are doing to mobilize around this opportunity.

We’ll also get an update on the 2024 plans and goals of the federal Thriving Communities Network, which was created to help Cabinet agencies coordinate strategy, collaborate across initiatives, and target deployment of place-based technical assistance and capacity-building resources to urban, rural and Tribal communities experiencing a history of economic distress and systemic disinvestment. 

Join us to learn: 

  • What actions funders have taken since the regional convenings, including supporting place-based capacity-building efforts for frontline climate communities.  
  • Ways to ensure communities most impacted by environmental injustice and other inequities are able to access resources for transformative climate and infrastructure investment. 
  • How place-based foundations can support efforts to build community capacity and align resources for community-driven priorities.  

Registration is open to funders only. If you have any questions about registering for this event, kindly contact Hazel Paguaga at

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