Inside ACF

ACF Represents at the
41st Annual Appalachian Studies Association Conference
Kendall Bilbrey (staff) Brandi Augustus and Morgan Hall (Board of Directors) presented on a panel about resources for equity in Appalachia. Brandi, Morgan, and Kendall focused on the Out in the South: Central Appalachia Project and their respective roles and experiences in the process to increase resources and visibility for LGBTQ communities in Appalachia.
Photo courtesy of Brandi Augustus
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Funding Forward 2018 & Updates in LGBTQ Philanthropy

Last month, Kendall represented ACF at Funding Forward in New Orleans, the annual gathering of grantmakers committed to LGBTQ issues hosted by Funders for LGBTQ Issues. ACF and the Out in the South: Central Appalachia Project are grantees of Funders' Out in the South Initiative, and Kendall was selected to their newest fellowship program through their Initiative, Grantmakers United for Trans Communities

Funding Forward was an incredible opportunity to share good news of the powerful work we're doing in our communities, and to grapple with the challenges, oppression, and systemic lack of access to funding that our communities are facing. There was a full schedule of groundbreaking plenaries from some of the south's best and brightest queer organizers and community members. There were workshops and strategy sessions that centered the needs of black, brown, and trans communities and those most marginalized within our queer communities. 

Funders also plays a role in collecting and analyzing data about LGBTQ Philanthropy and as an advocate in broader philanthropy to move more funding for LGBTQ communities, especially to under-funded areas. 

Here's a copy of two reports just released (most recent data is from 2016) by Funders for LGBTQ Issues about the current state of philanthropy in the U.S and a more specific info-graphic about funding in the U.S. South. 

Pictured above are the Grantmakers United for Trans Communities first fellowship cohort at Funding Forward! Learn more about the fellows here.

Photo courtesy for Funders for LGBTQ Issues. 
Regional News
Could $1 million help your local organization expand economic opportunity within your community?

If your local organization helps people find meaningful work, achieve financial security, and build strong communities, learn about the Communities Thrive Challenge at

Call for Writers and Photographers 
Deadline June 30, 2018

Holler is looking for writers and photographers for its new publication, NEKKID. NEKKID is a quarterly zine by and about Appalachians: an honest, uncensored look into our culture and the way we view ourselves and our neck of the woods, past, present, and future. 

NEKKID will showcase writing and photography in many forms, including: short fiction, poetry, experimental, essay, photojournalism, documentary, and more. Work can be in any format: polished or raw, quiet or loud, confrontational, funny or serious as long as it is an authentic voice of the region. We would love to see new or underrepresented voices of Appalachia.

Writers and photographers should be Appalachian natives or residing in Appalachia. Writers and photographers not residing in Appalachia should exhibit work that explores Appalachian culture or challenges. 
How to Submit
Drop the Act Dominion!
Wednesday, May 9 at 9 AM - 11 AM
Greater Richmond Convention Center
403 N 3rd St, Richmond, Virginia 23219
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Save the Date! Grassroots Gathering

September 28-30, 2018
Airfield Conference Center, Wakefield, VA
West Virginia
Wednesday, May 23
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Ming Hsieh Hall, West Virginia University

A documentary film about the life and amazing accomplishments of
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. 
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Tommy Burks Victim Assistance Academy

June 3-8, 2018

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga    

               Chattanooga, Tennessee

                     What is the Tommy Burks Academy?

The Senator Tommy Burks Victim Assistance Academy is a project of the Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence. The Academy is a comprehensive basic level training designed for victim service providers. The goal of the Academy is to improve services to crime victims by enhancing the knowledge and skills of victim advocates. This week-long session will offer a Tennessee-specific 40-hour curriculum modeled after the National Victim Assistance Academy.

The 2018 Academy will take place June 3-8 in Chattanooga, Tennessee on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The Academy will begin with registration and a reception on the afternoon of Sunday, June 3rd with courses beginning Monday, June 4th and ending on Friday, June 8th.

There is no fee for this training but space is limited. Those who wish to attend must submit an application.


Application deadline: May 1, 2018 by 5pm CST

Applications can be emailed (preferred) or mailed to:

Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence

Attn: Morgan Service

2 International Plaza Drive, Suite 425

Nashville, TN 37217

Notification of acceptance: May 7, 2018
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SOCM, Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment, a statewide, multi-issue, multi-racial community organization working for social, economic, and environmental justice in Tennessee, is seeking applications for a community organizer position. SOCM is democratically run by its members and invests in member leadership development as well as winning issues that affect their lives. 

SOCM Organizers work with members in chapters on local issues and in issue committees on statewide campaigns to help set strategy, build leadership, carry out work plans, and move campaigns forward. SOCM is committed to anti-racism work and to organizing that builds greater racial diversity. Position requires the ability to travel to chapter meetings, fundraising, and extensive writing duties.

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Opportunities In Central Appalachia

Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, a statewide grassroots social justice organization, is accepting applications for three Organizer Apprentice positions in eastern Kentucky (specific locations to be determined).

Kentuckians For The Commonwealth is a statewide grassroots organization; a community of people, inspired by a vision, building New Power, for all of us. Together, we organize for a fair economy, a healthy environment, new safe energy and an honest democracy. We are a fast growing organization with over 11,000 members and 14 county or multi-county based chapters across the state.

We believe in the power of community organizing – people working together to achieve common goals. Organizing empowers us to help shape decisions affecting our lives and the larger community. It's a long-term approach that focuses on building and exercising power, especially among people affected by injustice, to improve the quality of life for all.

Organizer Apprentices are paid, full-time members of KFTC’s staff team. These positions will last through December 2018. Applicants should have an appreciation for and commitment to community organizing, leadership development, and KFTC’s vision for social change. Apprentices will learn organizing skills and contribute to KFTC’s grassroots power building strategies, including voter outreach and engagement.

Access the full job description and apply online at:

For more information, contact Lisa Abbott at: KFTC is an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Apply Here

Recognizing both the powerful, creative acts of resistance and the real threats facing our communities, Highlander is hosting its second Rage, Hope and Community organizing workshop May 31-June 3, 2018. We know that together we can share ideas, strategy, and hope to strengthen people's work back home and on the front lines of movement struggle. This training is open to both new organizers and those who've been organizing longer term. Space is limited, so apply to participate today!

Some topics include:

  • Outreach & Base-building
  • Analysis & Strategy
  • Campaigns & Tactics
  • Youth organizing & Intergenerational work 

Plus so much more!
Apply Today

New Opportunities to Volunteer with TIRRC This Year!

Do you want to get more involved with the immigrant and refugee community?
Volunteer with TIRRC! We’re excited to launch our new volunteer program.
We have many upcoming volunteer activities, including helping out at our legal workshops, English classes, and events!
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Support Appalachian Community Fund
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