Funders for LGBTQ Issues announced the Appalachian Community Fund as one of the grantees in their first round of grants from the Out in the South Fund. The Fund aims to strengthen local LGBTQ funds and Southern funding collaboratives as sustainable sources of locally rooted LGBTQ funding that will increase the capacity of local community organizations making a positive impact on the lives of LGBTQ Southerners. The structure of the fund and resulting grant awards are based on the following guiding principles:
Funding for the needs and dreams of LGBTQ communities in the South is best led by LGBTQ Southerners;
Building and organizing local communities of LGBTQ and allied donors is the most effective way to build sustainable resources for LGBTQ communities in the South; and
Advancing social change for LGBTQ communities in the South requires strong locally rooted community-based organizations with the capacity to advance cultural change, advocate for more equitable policies, and deliver effective services to improve the lives of LGBTQ Southerners.