Happy August everyone!
I hope each of you is enjoying your summer.
We’re getting ourselves ready for a special board meeting in September and we would love it if you could join our Board Members and staff for lunch and hang around to lend your voice to our strategic plan.
We’ll be meeting at the Highlander Research Center, 1959 Highlander Way, New Market, Tennessee 37820, Saturday September 12th. Lunch will be served at noon.
If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Patricia Jones at patricia@appalachiancommunityfund.org by Thursday, August 21st at noon. 
I hope you will join us!

As always thanks for reading, thanks for sharing, and thanks for being a part of a community of readers who celebrate Change, not Charity in Central Appalachia
Peace, love, and justice,
Executive Director
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Funding Opportunities 
The Let Us Breathe Fund
Special Initiative
From Ferguson to New York City, activists have taken to the streets to say no more discriminatory policing and to spur a national dialogue around racism. Launched by the North Star Fund, The Let Us Breathe Fund is an opportunity to turn this crucial moment into a lasting movement that supports activism for fair and just policing and resilient and economically sustainable communities. It will be both a rapid response to support immediate work on the ground, and a longer term investment in Black communities in New York City. Let Us Breathe puts decision-making in the hands of experienced community activists, who understand priorities and have relationships in local communities. Join us in sustaining a democracy rooted in racial justice.
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Third Wave Fund Launches Mobilize Power Fund for Urgent Gender Justice Activism
Mobilize Power Fund
Third Wave Fund’s new Mobilize Power Fund is now accepting proposals! This fund supports urgent organizing, activism, and mobilization led by young women of color, queer, and transgender youth around the country who lead movements for justice and take on this country’s most challenging issues. The effort to end gender, racial, and economic oppression is long-term, yet there are critical moments that call for quick action. This fund was set up to support grassroots groups who are often the first to respond to issues of state-violence, reproductive oppression, and attacks on women of color, queer, and trans communities–and the last to receive foundation funding. The Mobilize Power Fund provides flexible and responsive funding that supports youth leaders as they respond to immediate threats and opportunities. Grants will be made up to $3,000 to groups with or without a 501(c)(3) status or fiscal sponsor with larger grants made on a case-by-case basis. Coalitions may apply for larger grants (up to $3,000 per group). Grassroots organizations, groups, and collectives led by and for young people of color and low-income communities are strongly encouraged to apply.
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Opportunity For Free Supplies and Merchandise
Schools, Charities, Churches and Other Qualified Organizations 
The National Association for the Exchange of Industrial Resources (NAEIR) provides FREE supplies and merchandise to schools, charities, churches and other qualified organizations. Only nonprofits which provide services to the ill, needy, elderly, or youth qualify for the program. Although many ACF grantees will not qualify, many of our grantees and other e-newsletter readers will qualify for free merchandise to be used for care of people in need or to support the administration and maintenance of groups who care for people in need. It cannot be bartered, traded or sold. You may also use merchandise as rewards, gifts or incentives for your staff or volunteers. Over $100 million worth of FREE goods will be available upon request this year, including but not limited to office supplies, janitorial products, toys, arts and crafts, books, tapes, CD's, tools, software, sporting goods, classroom materials, holiday and party goods, clothing and much more.Items must be used for charitable purposes, but there are no limits on quantity or value. You may request anything you want and as much as you want. All you pay is a $59 annual service charge, handling charges, plus shipping if that applies. The merchandise itself is FREE. 
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The HCA Foundation
Grant Application Procedure
The mission of The HCA Foundation is to promote health and well being, support childhood and youth development and foster the arts in Middle Tennessee. Focus areas for grantmaking include: 

Health and well-being: HCA's highest priority is serving as a leading foundation for organizations that promote health and well being. Programs that promote basic health and human needs such as healthcare, housing and food, as well as higher levels of mental and physical wellness can be supported through HCA grants.

Childhood and Youth Development: HCA's second priority is supporting organizations engaged in promoting positive growth and development in children and youth. They award grants intended to promote success in school, character development, responsibility, service and leadership. 

Arts: Finally, the HCA Foundation will support arts organizations engaged in community outreach and educational programs that uniquely serve children and adults in the community. New applicants are asked to complete a preliminary one- to two-page letter of inquiry to the Foundation atCorp.FoundationsGifts@HCAHealthcare.com to ensure that the proposed project, organization, and goals align with HCA Foundation priorities. Please describe the proposed project, its goals and objectives, and the approximate level of funding required. To be considered for a grant, please allow sufficient time (approximately two weeks) for Foundation staff to review and follow up with the applicant organization. 
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Grassroots Environmental Campaign Funding Opportunity
Patagonia funds only environmental work. Patagonia is most interested in making grants to organizations that identify and work on the root causes of problems and that approach issues with a commitment to long-term change. Because Patagonia believes that the most direct path to real change is through building grassroots momentum, their funding focuses on organizations that create a strong base of citizen support. Patagonia supports small, grassroots, activist organizations with provocative direct-action agendas, working on multi-pronged campaigns to preserve and protect our environment. To find out if your work fits within Patagonia's guidelines, take the eligibility quiz. If you qualify, you may proceed to the grant application form here. To read full grant description and guidelines click here.
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News From The Region

Save the Date
Please join PLACE MATTERS for a webinar to highlight the recently published report “Blueprints to Action:  Community Strategies to End Racism and Promote Racial Healing”,  a collaborative effort of the PLACE MATTERS national learning community.  PLACE MATTERS is a national initiative of the National Collaborative for Health Equity designed to build the capacity of leaders and communities around the country to identify and address the social, economic, and environmental factors that shape health and life opportunities.  

Using a place-based approach, PLACE MATTERS seeks to address community issues such as poverty concentration, residential segregation, and the inequitable distribution of health risks and resources that too often accompanies them.  In 2009, the PLACE MATTERS teams (consisting of 19 teams representing 27 jurisdictions) embarked upon a process called “blueprinting” that bought together subject matter experts, communities, and other stakeholders in a problem solving process for documenting lessons, process, methods, and strategies in ways that are useful for PLACE MATTERS Team’s work in communities.  After seven years, the PLACE MATTERS community is well-positioned to share with you their knowledge and experiences, as well as key strategies and tactics, through this report, which can be tailored to address health inequities in other communities and jurisdictions.
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The Numbers Don't Lie: It's Time to End Disparities!
United States Conference on AIDS
“The Numbers Don’t Lie… It’s Time to End Disparities” is the theme of this year’s United States Conference on AIDS coming up September 9-13 in Washington, DC at the Marriott Marque.   ACF board member, Darryl Cannady, will serve as the West Virginia co-chair to the host committee for the conference.  He is executive director of South Central Educational Development in Bluefield.

The United State Conference on AIDS 2015 (USCA2015), sponsored by the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC), is the premier conference on HIV/AIDS and the social determinants of health in the United States.  Hosting over 3,000 participants, the conference will provide participants with the most up to date information on HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care, and awareness.  These educational opportunities include behavioral Interventions to deter the transmission of the virus as well as rigorous trainings for care providers. The conference will also offer educational opportunities for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWA), care givers, and health professionals, including a safe environment for people living with HIV/AIDS to share their life experiences, present strategies, and network.

The role of the West Virginia co-chair is to develop a statewide committee of organizations and stakeholders who provide services to people living with HIV/AIDS to include housing, health care, HIV testing, case management, mental health Services, and etc. This group of organizations will work to implement HIV programs statewide in the month of August and highlight HIV services offered in West Virginia at this year’s AIDS conference.
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Now & Then: The Appalachian Magazine
Submissions invited 
Now & Then: The Appalachian Magazine published by the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services (CASS) at East Tennessee State University, invites contributions for the December 2015 issue. The issue's theme is Justice in Appalachia. Submissions of fiction, poetry, feature articles, profiles, new research written for a general audience, cartoons, and reviews of books, poetry, films and music will be accepted through August 25. Some motivating questions: Where are the front lines now in the struggle for social justice? Which efforts have historical roots? And what new issues or organizing models have emerged? How do aspects of social justice - economic, ethnic/racial, LGBTQ, environmental, gender, etc. - interrelate? How is Appalachia connected to larger movements for social justice? And what role has social media played? 
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It's Good To Be Young In The Mountains conference, Harlan, August 13-16, 2015
Appalachian Youth Unite to Celebrate Life in the Mountains
It’s Good To Be Young In The Mountains is a four-day event emphasizing the positive aspects of life in Central Appalachia. Organized by the Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKCTC) Appalachian Program and Appalshop, a media arts center in Whitesburg, the conference will be held August 13-16, 2015, at Harlan Center at 201 S. Main Street, Harlan, Kentucky 40831. A wide range of conversations, workshops, artists, and musicians will be featured. Conference co-coordinator Carrie Billett says that the planning committee hopes to provide a space for participants to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the younger generations. It’s Good To Be Young In The Mountains (IG2BYITM), “the conference that feels like a festival,” is giving local youth a voice. Workshop topics include photography, basic finance, small and local business, leadership, diversity, mental health, and more. Participants will have the option to take a guided tour of Harlan County or explore on their own. There will also be opportunities for attendees to share ideas and have open discussion. IG2BYITM will feature a condensed version of the latest Higher Ground production, Higher Ground 5: Find A Way. Higher Ground is a community performance project by the SKCTC 
Appalachian Program. Other local artists and musicians will also be featured. Roots & Wings, a poetry group from Louisville, will be presenting the West End Poetry Opera, an original production written by youth in West Louisville. SKCTC Appalachian Program Director Robert Gipe is calling it an event “for young people of all ages.” While the primary goal of the conference is to support younger generations living in Appalachia, all are welcome to attend. Those planning to attend are asked to register for the conference. Stay Together Appalachian Youth (STAY) Project and Appalshop’s Appalachian Media Institute will be collaborating with IG2BYITM. A tentative schedule of events can be found on the website. 
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Affordable Health Care and LGBT Communities Information Forum
Information Forum
Join Out2Enroll, Tennessee Health Care Campaign, and Tennessee Primary Care Association for a community forum on affordable health care and LGBT communities. Forum will take place on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 6 - 8:30 pm ET, at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 2931 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, 37919. A light meal will be provided.

The forum will include:
  • Key LGBT terms and concepts
  • Ways to effectively support LGBT access to care, rights under ACA
  • Discussion on the experiences of same-sex couples, people with HIV, and transgender people in enrollment
  • Q&A session
Please RSVP. This forum is free - no charge to attend! All are welcome!
RSVP here
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Save The Date For The 2015 2nd Annual Appalachia Food Summit!
Tickets Are On Sale
This year's theme is revival and there will be a special focus on southern mountain heirloom apples. The one-day gathering will feature diverse speakers, panels, a film, book signings, optional site visits, traditional music, a locally sourced dinner prepared by three Appalachia-based chefs, plus plenty of time to visit. The Appalachia Food Summit will take place on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at Heartwood in Abingdon, Virginia. 
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West Virginia
American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) in West Virginia
An event to look out for is the first West Virginia Freedom School planned for August 28th-30th in Charleston. Anyone between the ages of 15-22 is welcome to apply. At the Freedom School, participants will learn about our racial history and how to analyze and undo structural racism in our country through student organizing and issue campaigns. In November 2014, groups came together to host a Summit on Race in Appalachia. Since then, there have been mini summits, trainings, film screenings, and informal lunch gatherings to continue building a base of people who understand systemic racism and how it perpetutates vast inequalities. In order to engage more young people in the struggle for racial justice, AFSC in West Virginia is hosting a Freedom School for youth ages 15-21 to learn about racism and how to organize to undo it. AFSC will learn anti-racist community organizing skills and learn from community elders. At the Freedom School, they will think critically about the education system, the media, and the criminal justice system. Participants will learn and work together to create change.To apply or if you have questions contact Lida Shepherd at (304) 356-8428 or at Lshepherd@afsc.org.
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