Happy Spring!!

I just got back from the Appalachian Funder's Network Sixth Annual Gathering held in Kingsport Tennessee. This year's theme was Rooting the Transition: Strategies to Strengthen Community Capacity and Foster Innovative Leadership. It was a meeting of grantmakers and practitioners, you know the folks on the ground doing the hard work every day, who came together as "thought partners" to form a common analysis and language around what it will take for the economic transition of the region. It was a well-attended and wonderful gathering. The second day we had a presentation on the history of the region.


I was reminded of the natural beauty of where we live. The place that many of us take for granted at times, especially during this time of year, when our mountains and landscape proudly display lush and vibrant colors from our trees and plants that are waking up from a long winter's sleep. What a beautiful place! Central Appalachia is absolutely gorgeous!


Today is Earth Day, the day set aside for all of us to celebrate this place we call home. Last year, I put out a call of action to the readers of our enewsletter - a call for each of us to do whatever we can to support and nurture the world in which we live. This year I'm doing the same. Let each of us take a moment to reflect and do our part to protect and celebrate our Earth.

Happy Earth Day everyone!


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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ACF Sustainers Club

Funding Opportunities

Aetna Foundation: GoLocal: Cultivating Healthy Communities

Support for Farmers Markets and Urban Gardens in Underserved Communities

The Aetna Foundation's GoLocal: Cultivating Healthy Communities grant program supports the creation and expansion of community gardens, urban farms, and farmers markets in underserved, low-income, and minority communities nationwide. The goal is to make fresh fruits and vegetables locally available, accessible, and affordable. Beyond the garden, farm, or farmers market itself, projects must also include one or more of the following: nutrition education or cooking classes focused on the health benefits of fresh produce; growth or distribution of produce that reflects the food traditions of the target area; opportunities to learn job skills or entrepreneurship within the context of gardens, farms, or farmers markets; and opportunities for community service or volunteer work with the project. Grant awards will be a minimum of $25,000 and a maximum of $50,000 over two years. The application deadline is May 6, 2015. Visit the Foundation's website here to download the Request for Proposals and review the FAQs.

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 at Corp.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. Read complete guidelines here.
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.
News From The Region
2015 Whippoorwill Festival - Skills for Earth-Friendly Living 
Registration Is Now Live  
The Whippoorwill Festival celebrates the Appalachian Heritage and traditions while helping prepare minds and bodies for a future world of climate change and a decreased supply of resources.  Together the Whippoorwill Festival builds a community and works towards creating a society that will be more resilient in the face of these challenges. The Whippoorwill Festival features over 75 earth-friendly workshops, tent camping, food and guest speakers, plus a community campfire, folk and traditional music plus contra dancing on Saturday night. To support the local economy, the Whippoorwill Festival features booths and displays from local artists and craft workers from Berea, Kentucky's artisan capital. 2015 is the fifth year for the festival.  The Whippoorwill Festival ticket includes all workshops, music and evening entertainment, breakfast and dinner - lunch is on your own - and tent camping. There are 8 RV sites with water and electric (no septic) for an additional $50 charge (for the whole festival). Children 16 and under are free. The Whippoorwill Festival will be held on Thursday July 9 - Sunday July 12 at HomeGrown HideAways near Berea Kentucky. Read more here

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? For more information, click here


Mountain Justice Summer Convergence 2015

Kanawha State Forest, West Virginia

The 2015 Mountain Justice Summer Convergence will be held in beautiful Kanawha State Forest, just south of Charleston West Virginia, from Saturday May 30 through Sunday, June 7. The Convergence is held in conjunction with the Kanawha Forest Coalition, a citizens' group which is opposing a mining permit for a new mine adjacent to Kanawha State Forest. The Mountain Justice Summer Convergence will have a variety of workshops, site tours and hikes during the day, based on an "Unconference" model, which will allow the camp to be flexible and more spontaneous. The camp will evolve throughout the week based on the input and feedback of the camp participants. Evening activities will include speakers, a panel discussion with members of the Kanawha Forest Coalition, and live music and dancing. Tent camping and all meals will be cooked on site by a kitchen collective. The event is low-cost and accessible to most budgets. The 2015 Mountain Justice Summer Convergence is intended to be a meeting of minds, broad-based, a regional gathering open to everyone in the coal, climate and energy movement. For more information and to register, go to  www.mountainjustice.org.

Last year's Wacky Work Week, which brought 5 organizers from Beyond Borders in Haiti to the Hill! Photo by Elmis Navarro
Wild & Wacky, Witty & Wonderful Workshop Work Week 2015
A Rocking Start to Summer
Highlander will hold its seventh annual Wild & Wacky, Witty & Wonderful Workshop Work Week (W-7.7) May 26-30, 2015! Kick off your summer in the shadow of the Great Smoky Mountains with Highlander staff and activists, artists, and organizers of all backgrounds from across the country for a weeklong exploration of Highlander's methodologies. During the day, participants will enjoy workshops on popular education, organizing, Highlander history, and more to strengthen their work in local communities, as well as working in teams in service to the place of Highlander in a praxis that continues dialogue and learning exchange--from trimming hedges to shelving books in the library, there are jobs for all levels of skill and ability. And at night, kick back and enjoy the sunsets with sharing, songs, and a squaredance. The fun begins with supper at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, May 26, and concludes with lunch at noon on Saturday, May 30. Space is limited, so apply now! For more information and the application, visit their website here, or contact Susan Williams at swilliams@highlandercenter.org or 865-360-7042.
Kentucky's Premier Writers' Workshop

Hindman Settlement School in Hindman, KY
The annual Appalachian Writers' Workshop at Hindman Settlement School has grown from a small group of writers and folk artists who gathered in 1977 to a strong community of writers throughout the country who come to Hindman to learn and to teach the craft of writing through structured workshops and exchange with other writers. 
The Writers' Workshop, Sunday, July 26, provides an opportunity for aspiring and accomplished writers to immerse themselves in a community of people who appreciate Appalachian literature and who hail from and/or write about the region. Writers of varying skill levels are encouraged to attend. You need not live in the region to apply. Participation is limited to 75-80 people. When the number of applicants exceeds capacity, acceptance is based on manuscript quality. All activities take place on the historic campus of Hindman Settlement School. Evening readings and dances are open to the general public at no cost. For registration, check Hindman's website.

Tennessee Health Care Campaign 
You Are Cordially Invited To Attend
Tennessee Health Care Campaign (THCC) is the state's premier nonprofit consumer health care advocacy group and a leader in the health care justice movement in Tennessee. Their 26th annual conference, "Saving Lives: Health Insurance for All in Tennessee", will offer up-to-the-minute policy analysis and a networking opportunity with others who strive for all Tennesseans to have guaranteed, affordable, and high-quality health care benefits. Please plan to attend on Saturday, May 30, at Nashville School of Law in Nashville, Tennessee. Here are some of the discussions that will take place: 

* Medicaid Expansion and Federal Marketplace Enrollment in Tennessee
* What worked, did not work, and what can be improved with Federal Marketplace and TennCare enrollment
* Medicaid Gap
* Insure Tennessee
* Determining Regional Plans of Action and Implementation

Click here to register. Questions? Call Susan Veale at 615-227-7500 x 8 or email here.

The New Opportunity School for Women  
Accepting Applications for 2015 Program

The New Opportunity School for Women (NOSW) at Maryville College is accepting applications for its second program to be held July 12-August 1, 2015. The 21-day residential program is free to qualifying applicants. The school is designed to improve the educational, financial and personal circumstances of low-income, under-educated, middle-aged women in Appalachia. The Women's Fund of East Tennessee, a fund of the East Tennessee Foundation, along with NOSW sponsors and donors are providing support for the 2015 program.

Fourteen women will be chosen to attend NOSW. Applicants must have a high school diploma, have a GED, or a certificate of equivalency; and do not have a college degree. Participants must be at least 30 years of age; of low income; be highly motivated and demonstrate an eagerness to learn. Participants will remain on campus for the entire three-week program. To learn more about the NOSW program or to apply, please call the NOSW office or visit the NOSW web site here. New Opportunity School for Women - 865.981.8123

Save The Date For The 2015 2nd Annual Appalachia Food Summit!
Tickets Go On Sale In March
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 and 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. 

Lynchburg Grows Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
Winter 2014 Sign-Up
Lynchburg Grows will produce and find locally grown food and value-added artisan foods from October 15, 2014 to April 29, 2015. Each week on Wednesdays from 11 am - 6 pm, you and your family will be able to pick up your share. This basket of produce is called a half-share, and is basically the CSA members 'share' in their farm. Our half-share is $15 per week serves 1-2 people. This CSA program is a month to month commitment; payments are due on the second Wednesday of each month. Lynchburg Grows Winter CSA 2014-15 sign-up!
West Virginia
West Virginia Physical Activity Network Launch!
Save the Week!
The Hub is working with the West Virginia Department of Public Health, West Virginia University's Health Sciences Center, the Healthy Kids and Families Coalition, Try This!, Keys for Healthy Kids, and others to convene a statewide physical activity network. Get yourself, your family, and friends moving and help make the official launch of this network huge! April 12-18, 2015 is the official launch of West Virginia's Physical Activity Network. There is so much happening around the state to help get people moving. We are learning that our work is so much more effective if we are working together. The West Virginia Physical Activity Network is dedicated to pulling together all of the amazing people and organizations who are already doing this work to make the impact so much bigger! Help make this launch HUGE! For more information contact Amanda Yager: email a.yager@wvhub.org or 804-543-1761.

Save the week of April 12-18 to,
1. Get Active
2. Take a healthy selfie
3. Tag is #ActiveWV and see all the movement happening around West Virginia

Try This 2015 Conference
Are You Working For A Healthier West Virginia? This Conference Is For You!
Enjoy two idea-packed, inspiring days with like-minded West Virginians! Meet people from all over the state who are doing great things to help their communities. Trade ideas! Join forces! Get inspired, learn, plan your next steps, and help build a statewide movement! Get a team together from your community, come to the conference, and apply for a mini-grant to fund a community project! Info on "How to build a mini-grant team" here. Last year, Try This awarded $82,000 in Try This grants to 42 community teams! Most of them have gone well beyond what they said they would do! Last year was a sellout. The same is expected this year, only sooner. Save the date and register soon (registration for returning participants opens January 15 and registration for new participants opens February 1).Early bird prices till Feb. 15th! Register now here. Event location: West Virginia Wesleyan Buckhannon, West Virginia on June 5 - June 6, 2015. See pictures of a great 2014 conference in our facebook photo albumWant to know more about Try This? Go to: www.trythiswv.com

Yes, West Virginia tops a lot of worst health lists, but West Virginia doesn't have to stay there! One in four West Virginia 11-year-olds now have high blood pressure and are obese, according to West Virginia University. That's a prescription for future diabetes and heart problems. That future can be changed! It's up to us! 
Job Opportunities in Central Appalachia
The STAY Project 
The primary job of STAY's coordinator is to organize and facilitate STAY activities, including: financial health, programatic strategies, general infrastructure and internal and external communications. The position will work closely with STAY's steering committee, Highlander Center staff, and out partnered organizations and networks to determine annual plans and advance STAY's mission. The coordinator will work as a direct link among our membership base, at events, to funders, and with our fiscal sponsor, The Highlander Center.

The STAY Project is a diverse regional network of young people working together to create, advocate for, and participate in safe, sustainable, engaging and inclusive communities throughout Appalachia and beyond. The STAY Project focuses regionally on Central Appalachia and on youth-led initiatives to build skills, develop networks, and empower youth in Appalachia, especially youth of color and LGBTQ youth, through a diverse array of workshops at annual gatherings. For more information about the job, and to apply, check out the job description online here.

Resource Generation
Hiring Two Positions
Resource Generation is a national non-profit organization mobilizing young people (age 18-35) with wealth and class privilege in the U.S. to become transformative leaders working towards the equitable distribution of wealth, land and power. The broader Resource Generation community includes people of all ages and class backgrounds who support the role that young people with wealth play in social change. RG has 15 chapters in cities around the U.S., and we focus on developing leaders through story-telling, peer-led learning and action, and supports members to engage in collective action through local chapters, national campaigns, and innovative funding models and in their family's philanthropy. Our chapters are responsible for base-building, political education programming, running giving circles, engaging in local and national campaigns, and building local organizational relationships.

National Organizer & Coordinator of People of Color (POC) Programming: Seeking a full-time national organizer to work with 3-4 of our chapters and a national base of young people of color with wealth. The ideal candidate is a passionate community organizer who can help Resource Generation to significantly expand our national multiracial base of young people with wealth committed to racial and economic justice. This candidate will generate excitement and commitment to take collective action and participate in campaigns for change. This person will be excellent at building relationships with a wide range of people and organizations, including social justice foundations and campaign organizations. Ideally this is someone who can manage multiple projects skillfully, and is a results-oriented team player.

National Organizer: Seeking a full-time National Organizer to organize 6 of our local chapters in alignment with the organization's goals. Our chapters are responsible for base-building, political education, running giving circles, engaging in local and national campaigns, and building local organizational relationships. The ideal candidate is a passionate community organizer who excels at building relationships with member leaders, is deeply committed to economic and racial justice, and who can excellently manage multiple projects and timelines. This candidate will generate excitement and commitment from our base to take collective action and participate in campaigns for change.

Full details and how to apply can be found hereQuestions: email jobs@resourcegeneration.org. Please put the title of the position in the subject line. 
Funders for LGBTQ Issues
Project Director, Southern LGBT Funding Initiative
Project director is a new position that will be responsible for the leadership, development, and implementation of the new Southern LGBTQ Funding Initiative. The three key areas of responsibility are: 
  1. Leading outreach efforts to funders in the South, including the cultivation of new funders with the potential to support LGBTQ communities, and providing them with support, information, and resources to integrate LGBTQ issues into their ongoing grantmaking.
  2. Managing the initiative's pooled fund, including outreach to potential applicant funds, leading the application process from start to finish, providing technical assistance and support for grantee funds, and staffing the committee of funders supporting the fund.
  3. Facilitating the LGBT Southern Funder Network, working collaboratively with members to build a network for sharing information and resources.
The director will play an important leadership role in the organization, and should be a team player with the creativity and entrepreneurialism to bring an ambitious new initiative to fruition while working collaboratively with a small staff and a growing network of funders. The project director will report to the director of engagement and will also work closely with the President and the director of communications & education. The director will be responsible for supervising consultants, interns, and possibly part-time staff devoted to the Southern Initiative. Funders for LGBTQ Issues is based in New York City; preference is for candidates who would work remotely in the U.S. South. Read more here.

Windcall Institute
Executive Director
The Windcall Institute is seeking a new executive director. This position is an opportunity to lead a dynamic organization that is committed to supporting and sustaining community and labor organizers. The executive director works with a committed alumni board and alumni base to implement and develop the Residency Program, our flagship initiative; a new program, Staying Power; and an individual donor program to support the work. Aside from management and fundraising skills, they seek a leader who shares a broad understanding of and passion for social, economic and environmental justice movements involving low-income communities and people of color. Windcall is based in Oakland but they will consider applicants from other parts of the country as well. Salary range of $32,000-$39,000 ($64,000-$78,000 FTE) for twenty hours a week, with the possibility of hours increasing. Medical, dental, generous vacation and retirement. Click here for the full job announcement.

Kentuckians For The Commonwealth
Hiring Two Organizer Positions
Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, a statewide grassroots social justice organization, is accepting applications for two positions: a tax organizer and a southern Kentucky community organizer. Applicants should have a good understanding of and commitment to community organizing and leadership development. Must be committed to organizing for social change and to racial and cultural diversity. Access job description for each position here or 606-878-2161.

To apply for the tax organizer position, please include "tax organizer" in the subject line and to apply for the southern Kentucky organizer position (based in Warren County/Bowling Green) please include "southern Kentucky organizer" in the subject line when you submit your materials electronically. Send a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three references.   Materials should be emailed here or mailed to KFTC, PO. Box 1450, London, KY, 40743.

Our Vote, Our Future
Canvass Director
Our Vote, Our Future is looking for a canvass director to help build a door-to-door canvass to engage West Virginia families in the political process and fight poverty. For the past two years, the Our Children, Our Future Campaign has worked hard to build potent state and local advocacy coalitions in West Virginia. Our efforts have resulted in 12 major policy victories at the state level - from expanding Medicaid to 120,000 new working families and raising the minimum wage, to restoring cuts to vital children's services and increasing physical activity in schools. Through our partners, we have also initiated 42 separate community-led local projects to improve child and family well-being. Our Vote, Our Future's next step is to build a sister 501c4 advocacy organization that will run a door-knocking operation that will build a statewide, self-funding, issue-driven membership base - all in an effort to push policies that benefit children and families. In the 2014 election, we ran a pilot project of this door-knocking canvass, and we are now looking for a canvass director who can start a full-scale operation in 2015. For more information or to submit an application email stephennoblesmith@gmail.com with the words "Our Vote, Our Future" in the subject heading. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.  Read more here.

About Us
To get involved contact Margo Miller via email:margo@appalachiancommunityfund.org or by phone 865-523-5783.  Thank you for your continued support of ACF and Central Appalachia.  Here's to another 25 years of Change, Not Charity!

Mission Statement
The Appalachian Community Fund funds and encourages grassroots social change in Central Appalachia. ACF works to build a sustainable base of resources to support community-led organizations seeking to overcome and address issues of race, economic status, gender, sexual identity, and disability.  As a community-controlled fund, ACF offers leadership to expand and strengthen the movement for social change through its practices and policies.

Over 25 Years Working for Social Change
Since its founding in 1987, ACF has awarded over $6 million for community organizing and social justice work to more than 300 grassroots organizations in Central Appalachia.  Our motto - Change, Not Charity - reflects our vision to support social change organizing and our conviction that, by networking and partnering with organizations working to address the root causes of social, racial, economic and environmental problems facing Central Appalachia every day, we can create more just, equitable healthy communities with opportunities for every one.  ACF has had a significant impact in our region.  Please visit success stories and current grantees to find out more. 

Appalachian Community Fund 
865-523-5783 phone 
865-523-1896 fax

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