Happy March everyone,

I hope y'all can join me and ACF as I present the keynote address on Friday evening, March 27, for the 38th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference!  The theme of this year's conference is Many Mountains, Many Musics.  The conference will run March 27-29, 2015 at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee. For more information click here.

Please take time to check out our Grantee Highlight for March, the numerous funding opportunities and the news from around the region. If you are looking for an event, you can always visit our regional calendar online.
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 Grantee Highlight
About Grantee High Rocks
War, West Virginia 
High Rocks is an award-winning leadership program for young women ages 13-25. They work with girls from all walks of life and accept girls from all different tables in the cafeteria. What they have in common is their heart and their deep desire to make the world a better place. The dream of High Rocks is that one day it will become self-sustaining. High Rocks girls will grow up to become staff and board. Read more.
Funding Opportunities
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

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 WV, 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.


Growing Appalachia
Kentuckians For The Commonwealth
Growing Appalachia is a day of workshops about small-scale farming, energy efficiency and renewables sponsored by the Big Sandy chapter of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth. In 2009, members of the then Floyd County and Knott County chapters were concerned about the recession, the loss of coal jobs, and the effects these things were having on eastern Kentucky. With a desire to be more solution-oriented and to focus on a transition for the region, the Growing Appalachia conference was born. The first conference was held in 2010 and about fifty people that came to participate in career-focused workshops related to agriculture and energy. The chapter decided it was a good productive conversation and decided to keep it going the following year, but with a broader focus to include ways people can save money or earn some extra income. Each year since then, the conference has grown, but with the continued goal of providing promising, sustainable ideas that people in and around eastern Kentucky can use to save or earn money or even start a small business by focusing on small-scale farming, energy efficiency, and renewables. If you're interested in getting involved with conference contact Jessie Skaggs at 606-263-4982 or send her an email.

38th Annual Appalachian Studies Association Conference

Many Mountains, Many Musics

The 2015 Appalachian Studies Association (ASA) Conference will be held at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) in Johnson City, Tennessee, March 27-29, 2015. The conference will take place at two primary locations on the ETSU campus. The D. P. Culp University Center will serve as the central hospitality location, where registration, silent auction, exhibits, breaks, the Many Mountains Plenary, and the Many Musics Concert will take place. The Culp Center also houses dining facilities and a Starbucks. Concurrent sessions will take place in Rogers-Stout Hall, which is fully equipped with smart classrooms. Click here for maps and directions.The theme of this year's conference - MANY MOUNTAINS, MANY MUSICS - challenges you to view Appalachia from a fresh perspective and discover its emergence as a creative, dynamic force.

This year's Keynote Speaker is Margo Miller, executive director of the Appalachian Community Fund (ACF). ACF is based out of Knoxville, Tennessee, and provides (as their website explains) "resources and support to grassroots organizations working to overcome the underlying causes of poverty and injustice in Central Appalachia (East Tennessee, Eastern Kentucky, Southwest Virginia and West Virginia)." Showing how central Appalachians engage in social, economic, racial and environmental justice, Miller will tell a story of community empowerment and transformation by lifting up the successful work of ACF grantees and talk about the ACF's role in helping build the capacity of grassroots organizations in the region for the past 28 years.

In keeping with the theme, the MANY MOUNTAINS PLENARY will bring together a noteworthy panel to discuss "Opportunity & Enterprise in Appalachia." Also scheduled is a MANY MOUNTAINS ROAN HIGHLANDS HIKE along with group tours that include the new Birthplace of Country Music Museum. Click here to register for these preconference activities. The 2015 full conference schedule is now available here. Please direct all questions or concerns to Amy Collins, the 2015 program chair, at COLLINA@mail.etsu.edu

Narrow Ridge Alternative Spring Break 
Session 1 March 14-20; Session 2 March 21-27
The alternative spring break experience at Narrow Ridge is open to college students who are seeking a meaningful and restorative retreat from their daily routine. Participants will stay in Narrow Ridge's solar powered Strawbale Lodge and will receive delicious vegetarian meals. Participants will have opportunities to engage in the following activities: service-learning projects, orientation to the community and work of Narrow Ridge Earth Literacy Center, tour of eco-homes and facilities, organic gardening, day hikes and night hikes, star gazing, alone time in the beautiful outdoors, stories and songs around a campfire, yoga, visit to mountain-top removal site, Spring Equinox celebration (for second Alternative Spring Break group), discussions about important environmental topics aided at times by documentary films, and spending the week with others who are interested sustainable living. The fee for lodging, meals and activities is $450 with some scholarship assistance available to those with financial need. Spring Break #2 participants may opt to stay Saturday, March 28 for our music jam for no additional charge but will need to provide their own meals. Individuals interested in participating should contact Mitzi at 865-497-3603.

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
No More MTR Permits Day 
Hosted by The People's Foot
West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) continues to issue mountaintop removal permits that allow the coal industry to blast West Virginia mountains with high explosives unleashing fine particulates of silica, aluminum, and molybdenum dust. These dust particulates are proven to promote lung tumors. The people will no longer stand silent while the West Virginia DEP with the blessing of Senator Joe Manchin and Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, continue to encourage and support the poisoning of our children with toxins that cause cancer. Join the people on March 16: 11:00 a.m. at the West Virginia DEP, 601 57th Street SE Charleston, West Virginia, 25304, to send a loud and firm message to the Secretary of the West Virginia DEP; No more permits. Stop allowing this murderous act to continue. It ends today! More info here.

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
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.

High Rocks
Community Outreach Coordinator
High Rocks Educational Corporation, an award-winning non-profit leadership program in Hillsboro, West Virginia with the mission to educate, empower and inspire young people in West Virginia is seeking a qualified candidate for a community outreach coordinator. The coordinator will work directly with youth and volunteers to implement year-round programming and will also be the point of contact for AmeriCorps team members to carry out High Rocks programming. He/she will also represent High Rocks in the larger community of regional networks and partnerships and cultivate volunteers. Read full job description 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. 

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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