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Happy Belated Birthday Margo Miller! 

As some of you already know, Margo is Appalachian Community Funds' (ACF) Executive Director. She is always working and staying busy. This is a special month for Margo. She is making headlines🙂, she is traveling from one side of the United States to the other to create new and better relationships with groups of individuals willing to help grassroots organizations throughout our region, and she is celebrating her birthday!

What major events happened in 1969:
  • Neil Armstrong landed on the moon
  •  The Beatles, with Billy Preston, gave their final live performance on the roof of the Apple building in London, England
  • First transplant of human eye
  • Seiko sells the first Quartz Watch
  • The Pontiac Firebird Trans Am the epitome of the American muscle car is introduced
And in news that helped shape Margo's life and obsession with Star Trek:
  • Creation of ARPANET, the predecessor of the Internet
  • The Boeing 747 jumbo jet makes its debut. It carried 191 people, most of them reporters and photographers, from Seattle to New York City.
  • UNIX is developed by a group of AT&T employees at Bell Labs
  • The Microprocessor ( a miniature set of integrated circuits ) is invented opening the way for the computer revolution that followed...
  • AND......... Margo Miller was born!
 Happy 50th Birthday, Margo!
Belinda Burns

Please click on the page above to read the article and learn a little more about Margo.
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Southern Black Girls and Women's Consortium
New Orleans Regional Meeting
Here are just a few of the women who attended our first meeting in New Orleans, including Jennifer Wells from the Our Children Our Futures from West Virginia. 
Check out more photos and like our Facebook Page here.
Article in Philanthropy Women
ACF is honored and excited to be a part of this consortium with Truth Speaks: LaTosha Brown, Fund for Southern Communities: Alice Eason Jenkins, Black Belt Community Foundation: Felecia L. Lucky

#SouthernBlackGirls #FundBlackGirls #SouthernBlackGirlsConsortium.
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Out in the South

And the 2019 Funding Forward Plenaries Are ...

There are only nine weeks until Funding Forward 2019 in Tucson, Arizona ... will you be there?

After receiving a record-breaking number of exciting proposals, our stellar planning committee has assembled one of the strongest line-ups of programming yet.

This year's gathering for grantmakers committed to LGBTQ issues promises to delve into some of the most pressing challenges facing LGBTQ communities. It will also highlight an impressive array of diverse leaders and organizations working to improve the wellbeing of LGBTQ people everywhere. Our #FF2019 plenaries will cover:

  • The rich diversity and awesome assets of LGBTQ communities in the Southwest;
  • The intersections of immigrant & LGBTQ rights, and how to support the queer and trans activists of color on the front lines;
  • The harmful, pseudoscientific practice of conversion therapy, and how to end it;
  • The various ways funders have successfully engaged in authentic participatory grantmaking; and
  • The ways funders can show up for sex worker rights.

Be sure to register by January 31st to take full advantage of early-bird rates. More details about Funding Forward 2019 -- including the full program of exciting workshops and sessions -- will be announced soon!

Early bird registration rates end January 31st.

NOTE: We still have a variety of Funding Forward sponsorship levels available (including program ads). If you are interested in joining us as a sponsor, please contact Kristina Wertz at kristina@lgbtfunders.org.

We hope to see you in Tucson!

Matching Grant
We are happy to announce that ACF received a matching grant from the Funders for LGBTQ Issues. All new and increased donations made to our LGBTQ Fund will be matched!

This is an excellent opportunity for us to increase our grantmaking to match the needs of our Central Appalachian LGBTQ community.

If you haven't done so already, please consider making a gift to our LGBTQ Fund.


Hey y’all! On January 20th at 7:00pm we’ve got a membership call about what it means to be a member of STAY, what opportunities to engage are coming up and how STAY can support the projects you are already doing in your community. Hop on to learn a little and share a little!

Register here: bit.ly/staymembership
Come hang out, listen to good music, and celebrate Appalachian Love Week with us at the Boone youth Drop-In Center in Whitesburg, KY.
MACED is partnering with East Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program (EKCEP) to create some great opportunities for displaced coal industry workers who want to start a new career in the energy economy. Other candidates may also be qualified as determined by EKCEP. These New Energy Internships pay well and are designed to lead either to full employment or the opportunity to start a new business in the new energy economy.
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Applications for the 2019 cohort of the Ridgeway Transformative Leadership Experience are now being accepted. Ridgeway is an immersive year-long experience for leaders in Central Appalachia at any stage of life who are looking to “level up” in their personal, interpersonal, organizational and network development. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the cohort is full and applicants are encouraged to apply by Monday, October 1, 2018 to ensure consideration for the 2019 cohort 

Participants are chosen with the intent that each cohort reflects multiple dimensions of diversity and experience inherent in its East Kentucky home base and the surrounding region. Ridgeway is cross-sector and intergenerational. 

Visit ridgewayleadership.net to find out more or contact program facilitator Carrie Brunk directly.
West Virginia

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is offering a grant for small libraries as part of their National Leadership Grants for Libraries program.
The goal of the Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries initiative is to support projects that strengthen the ability of small and rural libraries and archives to serve their communities.
IMLS invites applications that focus on the following topics:
Transforming school library practice
Community memory
Digital inclusion
Grants are available in the amount of $10,000 – $50,000.
To find out more about the grant opportunity visit the Institute of Museum and Library Services website.

Funds to Address Greenhouse Gases and Stream Restoration in Appalachia
Appalachian Stewardship Foundation

The Appalachian Stewardship Foundation seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to protect freshwater streams and tributaries against the effects of pollution from energy development and use, with emphasis on efforts benefiting Virginia and West Virginia. The Foundation’s grant program provides support to nonprofit organizations that address one of the following two issues: The Greenhouse Gas Reduction category has a focus on the reduction, sequestration, offset, mitigation, and storage of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions. The Stream and Fishery Restoration category has a focus on the mitigation of damage or pollution to streams and fresh water tributaries. The submittal deadlines for Expressions of Interest are February 1 and July 1, annually. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the grant policy and application process.




Featuring: Amy Smotherman Burgess, Public Relations and Media Manager, Zoo Knoxville

Leveraging her years of experience as a multimedia journalist, Amy Smotherman Burgess, Zoo Knoxville’s Public Relations and Media Manager, has brought the zoo’s stories to life on social media, engaging the community and the world.

In this fascinating program, you’ll get a unique look at zoo life as Amy covers a variety of important topics that all storytellers need to know.

Click here to register.


Narrow Ridge seeks part-time
Buildings, Grounds, and Systems Manager

Narrow Ridge Center is seeking a part-time, onsite staff person with managerial, electrical, and general handyperson skills who embraces our mission of Earth literacy and ongoing vision of building a living demonstration of a sustainable community in beautiful, northern Grainger County, Tennessee. This position requires an average of 25 hours per week in exchange for $12 per hour and modest housing accommodations. Send resumes to Narrow Ridge, 1936 Liberty Hill Rd, Washburn, TN 37888, and share this information with anyone that you believe to be interested and qualified. Please contact Mitzi at 865-497-3603 or community@narrowridge.org for additional information.

Join the Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence on
April 14-16, 2019 at our
17th Annual Conference at the
Franklin Marriot Cool Springs in Franklin, TN.
More information coming soon at www.tncoalition.org

We hope to see you there!


Save The Date! May 30-June 2, 2019

Rage, Hope, Community: Community Organizing in These Times

Our annual community organizing workshop and direct action training will be back at Highlander May 30-June 2, 2019. Registration will open in January 2019 - stay tuned and save the date!
2019 Conference Theme:
Educate, Embrace, Appreciate:
Building Equitable and Divers Communities

The Tennessee chapter of NAME invites educators, researchers, healthcare providers, business and industry representatives, policymakers, community members, local activists, graduate students, and anyone else interested in working to build more equitable and diverse communities to be a part of the inaugural Tennessee NAME conference.

Questions? Email us at

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We are excited to announce the dates for our 87th Homecoming celebration that will be held in New Market, TN Sept. 20-22, 2019! Mark your calendars now so you can join us in another exciting and fulfilling weekend of sharing stories and strategies, dancing, singing, and breaking bread together as we lift up the important work happening in our region.

We are still feeling the joy from this year's amazing Homecoming weekend in honor of our 86th year supporting and accompanying movement in the U.S. South. Thanks to the hundreds of comrades and movement family who joined us and helped make it happen, and thanks to Tenflo Media, you can relive the highlights with this video

"Changing the Course of Health in Tennessee:

New Strategies for Access to Affordable Health Care for ALL Tennessee"

I hope you'll join us for this year for Tennessee Health Care Campaign's annual conference.

Wendell Potter, author of Deadly Spin, founder of Tarbell.org, and Affordable Care Act expert is our keynote speaker. We also have a great line up of panel speakers to talk on issues of Medicaid, Rural Hospitals, Work Requirements, and more.

Please register soon via our registration page or call Susan Veale at 615-227-7500.


Clare Sullivan

P.S. My son did the graphic for the conference - I hope you like it! (Click for flyer)

Tennessee Health Care Campaign

1321 Murfreesboro Pike, Ste. 311, Nashville, TN 37217


We have 5 job announcements for behavioral health on the Stone Mountain Health

Services Facebook page and ads should be going out in the papers. For the provider positions, we will consider licensed or license-eligible Psychologists, Social Workers, and Professional Counselors.

  1. Jonesville / Western Lee BH provider for life span but someone with child/adolescent experience and training
  2. Haysi / Council life span BH provider
  3. Haysi Care Manager (probably a BSW or RN)
  4. St. Charles Black Lung BH provider
  5. Vansant Black Lung BH provider

We are anticipating some specific substance abuse grant money becoming available at some point in the future and for that funding we would look at hiring BH providers to work with Suboxone patients in St. Charles and Haysi. We do not know when that will become available – until then, the Haysi position would include substance use counseling components.

At some point, I envision trying to add Peer Support personnel, who would be supervised by the Black Lung BH providers and the substance use BH providers.

We have several Black Lung positions advertised on the Stone Mountain Facebook page and ads should be going out in the papers.

  1. Behavioral Health providers in St. Charles and Vansant
  2. BL Support Technician (data management) in St. Charles
Benefits Counselors / Lay Reps in St. Charles and Vansant

2019 GUTC Leaders Fellowship Registration Open


We are excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2019 - 2020 GUTC Leaders Fellowship. After a successful inaugural cohort we are looking for a new cohort of trans, gender non-conforming, or non-binary professionals who are currently employed full or part time with a philanthropic entity based in the United States.

The GUTC Leaders Fellowship provides ongoing support, peer networking, and leadership and professional development to a cohort of 6 trans, gender non-conforming, or non-binary professionals in philanthropy over a 12-month fellowship period, beginning in March, 2019.

Fellows will receive the following:

  • Invitation to attend Funding Forward 2019 (March 20-22, 2019)
  • 2 in-person retreats featuring peer networking, skills development, and self-care
  • Ongoing job coaching and career counseling
  • Support to design and submit proposals for workshops to philanthropy conferences
  • Monthly professional and career development/skills-building activities
  • Help to develop a personalized professional development plan, with realistic goals and support
  • A mentor who can provide advice and support related to fellows’ specific career interests and aspirations
  • Peer networking with the fellowship cohort, as well as with more-experienced trans professionals in the field
  • $2,000 in supplemental professional development funds

There is no cost to apply.

Click here for more information on the 2019-2020 GUTC Leaders Fellowship

Remember TGKVF is a source of matching funds for Power grants. Please reach out the Stephanie Hyre, senior program officer, at 304.346.3620 or shyre@tgkvf.org if you are developing a project.
Opportunities In Central Appalachia

Join the ABN Team

We're hiring an administrative assistant! Essential responsibilities include: providing administrative support to the ABN staff, utilizing excellent customer service skills while communicating with members and community partners, and administering customer relationship management software, QuickBooks, and Excel.

The Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHEJ) has a Small Grants Program for grassroots groups working on environmental health and justice issues. Deadline for proposals is January 25, 2019. Grassroots communities of color, low wealth, rural and urban groups are encouraged to apply. This grant program will support projects that help groups move toward their goals by building leadership, increasing capacity and/or providing training and education. A priority of CHEJ’s Small Grants Program is to help grassroots community groups to build their capacity. The program is designed to especially reach people from low wealth communities and communities of color who are impacted by environmental harms.

Please read carefully these guidelines and areas of interest before you apply. 

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We need you to attend this crucial hearing!

In January, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality is holding public meetings to help decide the final cleanup plan for six coal ash sites.

Duke Energy’s plan is to simply cap the ash in place and run away. Don’t let Duke “Cap and Run” from cleaning up its ashy mess.

The communities around these six sites have suffered for years from exposure to the toxic heavy metals found in coal ash. Tell DEQ it must require Duke to fully excavate the coal ash at these sites, ending this toxic nightmare once and for all.

This hearing is a really big deal. Please attend and stand with us if you can.
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As pre-announced in November, Arcus today publishes a Request for Concepts (RFC), an open-call to our Social Justice grantmaking focused on the Southern United States, East and Southern Africa, the Caribbean, Central America, and Mexico. This RFC is foundational to the ambitious strategic goals that Arcus has established for the next decade. We also believe it will deliver a more consistent and accessible application process for the potentially large number of Social Justice applicants and improve the transparency of grantmaking decisions.

Potential applicants can follow the link below to learn more about the RFC and the work that we seek to fund. In an initial step toward improving accessibility for those whom language may be a barrier to applying, you will also find a Spanish version of the RFC.

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Did you know you can supportAppalachian Community Fund (ACF) in your community  just by shopping at Kroger? It's easy when you enroll in Kroger CommunityRewards®! To get started, sign up with your Plus Card, and select Appalachian Community Fund. Once you're enrolled, you'll earn rewards for ACF every time you shop and use your Plus Card! To use your Kroger card to support ACF.
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