July 2013
Inside Appalachian Community Fund!
You're Invited

Meet and Greet

The Appalachian Community Fund board of directors will be meeting August 25th at the Highlander Research Center. Please join us for lunch with our board members and staff. If you would like to attend please RSVP to Patricia Jones at patricia@appalachiancommunityfund.org by August 15th by the end of the day.


DREAM of the month

What are Your Dreams for Appalachia...?

"Continued growth of grassroots reproductive justice work, greatly improved healthcare outcomes through increased access to preventive care, and an increased understanding (and acceptance) that reproductive and sexual health care and education is standard health care and a human right."

In early 2013, we conducted a survey from our e-newsletter, Twitter and Facebook subscribers and asked what your dreams are for the next 25 years in Appalachia. We will highlight at least one of your responses every month.

The survey is still open, so you can continue to share your dreams for the region. Simply follow the link under WHAT IS YOUR DREAM? We will highlight at least one here every month and in other social media.

News From the Region


LGBTQ Funders

In 2011 we saw a record-breaking $123 million in grants awarded to LGBTQ issues. However, the U.S. South saw less than $4 million of that historic sum. In fact, the U.S. South barely saw 3% of the year's LGBTQ funding despite the fact that over a third of the U.S. population lives in the 13 states of the South (as defined by Grantmakers for Southern Progress). With an estimated 11 million "out" LGBTQ people living in the U.S., foundation funding for LGBTQ issues averages out to $11.20 per LGBTQ person. In the U.S. South, there are an estimated 3,438,872 million "out" LGBTQ denizens, and LGBTQ funding failed to exceed $3 per capita in any Southern state. Only one state, Kentucky, exceeded $2 per capita in LGBTQ funding. To read more click here.

The 3rd Annual STAY Summer Institute

It's about that time of year again!

This year's event will be held at The Highlander Center in New Market, TN on August 8-11th. The STAY Summer Institute will focus on training young people in Appalachia to be better leaders, learners, and activists in our region. Highlights at this year's SSI will include field trips to various locations in East Tennessee that are essential parts of Appalachia; sessions focusing on cultural organizing, youth justice and economic transitions in Appalachia; plus,much more. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about issues in Appalachia and meet other youth from throughout Central Appalachia. STAY is an organization for young people ages 14-30 in Appalachia. Registration - open until July 29th. For more information, contact stayproject@gmail.com

Fairness, West Virginia

2013 Fairness Conference & Gala

Save the Date

The 2013 Fairness Conference & Gala will be held on Saturday, November 2nd, in Charleston, WV. All conference events will take place at the Charleston Civic Center and will begin at 8:00 am, while the Gala will once again be held at the Cultural Center located on the Capitol complex. The Gala will begin at 6:00 pm. In 2012, a record was set for the amount of people who attended this event - and the hope is to see that record broken in 2013! Mark this date down on your calendar - in your phone - on your computer - and anywhere else that keeps you organized. Tell your friends and family to come and get ready to have a great time with fellow supporters of the LGBT movement here in our state. Be on the lookout for more information soon.

Leadership Academy

Leadership Academy!

October 3-4, 2013

The theme of this year's conference is"Working Together: Civic-minded citizens, leaders, and officials working collaboratively to build vibrant communities." The conference will offer two tracks: Community Leadership and Local Government Leadership. The attendees will also come together for plenary sessions. Community Leadership sessions will include strategic planning, entrepreneurship & job creation, tourism, land use, board development, and planning. The Local Government Leadership track will include sessions about economic development trends, cyber security, ethics, funding strategies, human resources, emergency preparedness. Presenters will include local experts as well as nationally recognized leaders. The 2013 information, schedule, registration, speakers, location, & planned extra activities are NOW all available online. Click here.

100,000 Poets and Musicians for Change

2013 Global Event

In September 2011 and September 2012, 100,000 Poets and Musicians for Change events were held in several hundred locations across the United States and around the world (115 countries). Now the momentum is increasing and there are events going on all the time under the banner of peace and sustainability. You don't have to wait until September 2013 to get involved. You can put on an event right now. Or you can brand an event that was going to happen anyway with 100,000 Poets and Musicians for Change. Your event will go up on the website and be promoted worldwide. About the name, 100,000 Poets and Musicians is just a name. Photographers, painters, mimes, are film makers are also involved. And there's plenty of room for everything else. Check out the website www.100TPC.org. Get in touch walterblue@bigbridge.org. The world needs to change. Right now.

The Women of Appalachian

Women of Appalachia: Sisters in STEM Conference

Call for Proposals

After the success of 2012 Women of Appalachia: Sisters in Science conference, the planning committee is moving forward in organizing this year's conference around the theme of "Sisters in STEM" scheduled on October 17-18, with the possibility of extension to October 19, 2013. The Keynote speaker for this year's conference is Dr. Sharon Denham, Professor of Nursing at Ohio University. Dr. Denham is a renowned and dedicated scientist, nurse scholar and educator leading research and community efforts to promote and advocate for family health in Appalachian Ohio. Over the years she has led and conducted a number of research studies with Appalachian populations about topics related to family health issues including, bereavement, abuse and violence, tobacco use, and family routines. Her current work focuses on diabetes prevention in Appalachia. They are now calling for proposals/abstract submissions for consideration for the October conference. For more information click here.

Funding Opportunities
2014 Eric Wolf Prize

The Political Ecology Society (PESO) announces the 2014 Eric Wolf Prize for the best article-length paper. Seeking papers based in substantive field research that make an innovative contribution to Political Ecology. To be eligible for the competition, scholars must be ABD or have received their Ph.D. within the three years prior to publication of this announcement. A cash prize of $500 accompanies the award, which will be presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology. The paper will be published in the Journal of Political Ecology; the prize reviewers may suggest revisions before the item is published.

The preferred format for papers is electronic. (But, please contact us, if you need to send in some other format.) Please use the style guidelines provided on the Journal of Political Ecology webpage: http://jpe.library.arizona.edu/. Electronic copies should be sent to Dr. Betsy Taylor (betsyt@vt.edu). The deadline for submission is September 1, 2013.

Appalachian Sound Archives Fellowships 2013-2014

Berea College


Thursday - Sunday, July 11-14, 2013

A four day festival near Berea, Kentucky (just south of Lexington off Interstate 75) that seeks to build community and promote sustainable living by sharing earth-friendly living skills in a positive, healthy, family-friendly atmosphere. The Whippoorwill Festival celebrates Kentucky's Appalachian heritage while helping prepare our minds and bodies for a future world of climate change and a diminished supply of fossil fuels. The festival is a low-cost event ($20 per person per day advance purchase before June 30) with over 75 workshops. The ticket includes tent camping, healthy, home-cooked meals, guest speakers, plus Bluegrass, Americana and mountain music and dancing in the evenings. In the evening, Berea's The New Coon Creek Girls will play Bluegrass on Friday night. Other bands include Cincinnati's terrific trio The Tillers, The New Old Cavalry from Bloomington, Indiana, Berea folksinger Mitch Barrett, old time mountain ballads with Saro, Possum Riot from Knoxville and contra dancing on Thursday night with Berea caller Joe Wilkie. Many Whippoorwill workshops are led by experts with years of skills and knowledge in fields such as forest ecology and wild mushroom identification. In order to encourage leadership development in Appalachia, other workshops are led by young people and relative novices. Small discussion groups allow festival participants to share their thoughts and experiences with each other in an informal atmosphere. Berea has a long and strong tradition of Appalachian craftsmanship that is well known in Kentucky, but the Whippoorwill Festival broadens the market for these craftspeople by attracting attendees from Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, Ohio, and West Virginia. In the spirit of the book "Last Child in the Woods," the Whippoorwill Festival encourages kids at the festival to play outdoors. The festival offers free admission to children 16 and under. The facility for the festival, HomeGrown HideAways, has a nice clean creek with woods and trails on the property. Unstructured activities for children are encouraged. There is also a lake nearby. Workshops are listed on the festival website www.whippoorwillfest.com along with a complete schedule of events.


UT Knoxville's 2013 OUTstanding Seminar Exploring LGBTIQ Diversity
Open Call for Proposals

This year our theme is "Axes of Identity: Exploring Intersections of Diversity." With this theme, we are searching for the most inventive and diverse workshops, discussions, presentations, panels, and performances for OUTstanding 2013! Deadline: August 30th, 2013, contact Cat at crmiller90@gmail.com with questions. Read more here.

Get Covered Tennessee!


Save the Date Saturday, August 3rd

With the Supreme Court and presidential election in the rearview mirror, Tennessee is mapping out its path to implement the Affordable Care Act. We are now less than 110 days away from open enrollment. Big decisions have (mostly) been made and now we have the task of enrolling hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans who will be offered new coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Here's what YOU can expect from this year's conference:

  • National & state insider information on the ACA
  • The new Health Insurance Marketplace (Exchange)
  • Information about Medicaid expansion
  • The single, streamlined application for health insurance
  • Essential Health Benefits package & how it impacts your coverage
  • The who, what, where, & how of in-person enrollment assistance
  • Training for Navigators & Certified Application Counselors
  • An opportunity to network with advocates, academics, medical professionals, & community leaders
  • Free lunch! (how could we not feed you?!)

Registration & breakfast begins at 8am. The conference program, which includes speakers, breakout sessions, lunch and snacks, is scheduled from 8.45a- 5pm. Registration is $35/person before July 15th and $45/person thereafter. Scholarships are available upon request.

We have an unprecedented opportunity to give hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans long overdue access to health care coverage. Don't miss your chance to join us as we work for affordable, quality health care for all Tennesseans! RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY!
Virginia Organizing

Grassroots Gathering

It's Going To Be Fun!

Have you ever talked to an elected official about an issue that's really important to you? How did she/he respond? How do we strengthen our voices and share our opinions with decision-makers in meaningful ways that produce results and build relationships? At this year's Grassroots Gathering, we'll answer that question-and even get a chance to put training into practice with some special guests from Virginia politics. Grassroots Gathering Saturday, August 10, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Jepson Hall (University of Richmond), 28 Westhampton Way, Richmond, VA. To RSVP, please send your name, phone number and email address to your local organizer or Nik Belanger at 434-709-4953 or nik.belanger@virginia-organizing.org by August 1. To find your local organizer, please visit www.virginia-organizing.org/chapters. To get any updates on the schedule for the day, visit the Grassroots Gathering page for the latest news.

West Virginia

Do you care about West Virginia's future?

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

How can we ensure a bright future for West Virginia and its people? What opportunities will be here in 30 years for our kids and grandkids, so that they can continue to live and work in the places we all love? You are invited to take part in a vital and engaging discussion about the future of West Virginia, A Bright Economic Future for the Mountain State. State leaders from government, industry, higher education, and nonprofit organizations will lay out their visions for West Virginia and opportunities for economic development. A series of panel discussions will explore those visions, address workforce development and training needs for realizing them, and highlight local community leaders who are already succeeding in creating new opportunities and a brighter future for us all.

Faces of Leadership Conference
The West Virginia Community Development Hub

August 6-8 at the Charleston Civic Center for the state's annual gathering of people strengthening communities through volunteerism and service. Communities and agencies are struggling to make ends meet in these difficult financial times. These days, it's easy to become divided by our differences and distracted from the good that is already present. This conference brings together people from across the state who are ready to look beyond the differences that can bring action to a standstill. If you want to hear inspiring, practical keynote speakers and leave with new skills and connections, then this conference is for you! For more information on the 2013 Faces of Leadership Conference, contact Moya Doneghy at (304) 558-0111

Exhibits - Take this opportunity to spotlight your organization, program or products with an exhibit table at this year's conference. Tell other participants about new initiatives, innovative thinking or collaboration. Each display area will have a six-foot skirted table. There is a nominal fee of $25 per table for nonprofit organizations and $50 for private sector exhibitors.

Call Krista Bradshaw at 304-558-0111 or email Krista.B.Bradshaw@wv.gov to register for an exhibit table.

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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. Out 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
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