Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Center

The Clean Energy Business Network supports innovators and entrepreneurs from all backgrounds. Explore the resources available below to support your efforts or get engaged with justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) in clean energy.


Search and filter for funding: The Cleantech Funding Database includes funding sources, accelerators, government programs, and other databases. Explore opportunities using the “community-based” and “diversity & inclusion” tags listed under “Type of Funding” to find JEDI-focused funding opportunities.

Complete our JEDI Interest Form: Indicate your interest in JEDI-focused news, funding opportunities, and events by filling out our interest form.

Join the CEBN Inclusive Teaming Form: This short questionnaire is ideal for organizations looking to broaden their network and engage in ongoing JEDI efforts. Whether you are a businesses looking to engage with community-based organizations, a Minority-Serving Institution, or a nonprofit, you are invited to fill out our questionnaire and look through the teaming responses.

Learn about Justice40: as one of our Insight into Federal Programs blog posts, we covered the Justice40 Initiative, a goal by the Biden Administration to direct 40 percent of the overall benefits from Federal investments in climate and clean energy to disadvantaged communities. Read about the Justice40 Initiative here.

Connect with DOE-funded community organizations: On July 2022, the Department of Energy (DOE) awarded over $41 million from the Weatherization Assistance Program to organizations across the country. Connect with Enhancement & Innovation (E&I) grant awardees working in place-based initiatives, multifamily housing, single family & manufactured housing, and workforce development. See the full list of organizations.

Engage with policy: Policy can move a just energy transition forward and support diversity and inclusion in clean energy. CEBN offers various ways to make your voice heard.

Sign up for CEBN’s newsletter: Get weekly updates on new funding opportunities, federal policy and programs, and upcoming events. Look for the “Spotlight on Inclusive Clean Energy” graphic. Sign up here.


Telkes Fellowship: Learn about our current cohort of Telkes Fellows, a fellowship supporting mid-career professionals from underrepresented demographics. This fellowship is supported by CEBN and the Cleantech Leaders Roundtable. Applications for the second round of Fellows closed on August 31, 2022.

Powering Forward: Recordings are available from the Powering Forward webinar series from the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) & CEBN, which examines developments across the clean energy economy in the US. Each episode is produced collaboratively with partners working to advance clean energy and emerge as a stronger, more resilient America. Watch our previous “Powering Forward” webinars here.

Community Clean Energy Coalition Prize: This new American-Made Challenge will award $1.5 million in support of new and existing coalitions developing strategies to address a local clean energy opportunity or inequity. As part of the J40 Initiative, this prize will direct federal investment and its benefits to disadvantaged communities. Community coalitions with strategies to reduce energy burdens and environmental exposure or increase access to clean energy are encouraged to apply by December 7. Learn about CEBN’s resources to support applicants on this prize.

Emerging Research Institutions: A new Department of Energy hydropower R&D funding opportunity has been announced for emerging research institutions, such as colleges who have not previously received significant funding from the DOE Water Powers Technologies Office. MSIs and HBCUs are encouraged to apply. Brief concept papers are due December 1, 2022.

Opportunities for Faculty: The Visiting Faculty Program connects institutions historically underrepresented in the research community with research at DOE National Laboratories. Apply for the 2023 Summer Term by January 10.

Coalition and Teaming Opportunities: Many current funding opportunities encourage partnerships between organizations serving disadvantaged communities and small businesses or universities. Learn about American-Made Challenges, which offer cash prizes for a range of clean energy projects, or the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program, which offers grants for R&D and requires small businesses to collaborate with a research institution.