November 2013
Inside Appalachian Community Fund

Greetings Everyone,

I want our e-newsletter readers to be the first to know that we are launching our year-end campaign next week. We need to raise close to $73,000 to reach our annual goal.

You will receive an email describing the campaign in a few days and I hope you will read it and respond. The deadline for this appeal is December 31, 2013.

Until then, enjoy reading our November 2013 E-Appalactions!

Peace, love and light,


Executive Director



If you are involved with a program engaged in social change work in Appalachia this is your chance to tell us a little bit about your program and your priorities for social change work in the region. If you are staff, board, community participant or donor of a program doing critical work in the region please take 5 minutes to fill out this electronic survey!
Your input is critical to ACF as part of our community assessment. Just check a few boxes and you are DONE.
Make sure your voice is heard!!!


News From the Region

TAKE ACTION: TheCostOfCarbon.org
TAKE ACTION: TheCostOfCarbon.org
24 Hours of Reality
The Cost of Carbon

Take part in the largest ever conversation on carbon pollution on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ with the hashtag #CostOfCarbon and by using the Cost of Carbon tool. Go to TheCostOfCarbon.org to find out how you are paying for carbon pollution. Then add your cost and share it with those who can help to end climate denial and put a price on carbon.

What's Next? for the Movement to end Mountaintop Removal

Join the Alliance for Appalachia for an Important Conversation: December 9th

The work to end mountaintop removal stripmining is evolving and The Alliance for Appalachia would like to invite you to be a part of a conversation about what we've learned and where our movement is headed next. As you know, over the last seven years we won hard fought regulations together that decreased mountaintop removal stripmining and its impacts across our region. These victories have been amplified by a booming gas market, limits on coal-fired power plants, and ever harder to reach coal seams. And that's a part of the story right now-but there's so much more. New mines are being proposed mines designed around loop holes in regulations to feed a growing exports market. And beyond the new mining itself, our communities are forced to deal with legacy costs of old mines, including toxic water, jeopardized health and a gutted economy. The Alliance for Appalachia is adapting and ready to meet these new challenges. Join us for a hour and a half on December 9th for a webinar hosted by The Alliance for Appalachia to hear from leaders across our region about how our shared work is evolving and how you can be a part of it. Register here.

Appalachian Transition

Appalachian Transition

From Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation
Appalachian Transition explores the emergent work by non-profit organizations and funders to advance a just and sustainable economic transition in the Central Appalachian region. The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation (MRBF) has a long history of investing in Appalachian people and places. To foster collaborative funding in the region and increase collective impact, MRBF helped co-found the Appalachia Funders Network. The Network consists of public and private grant-makers who envision a sustainable regional economy that builds on existing assets to create multiple forms of wealth and promote opportunity and equity for all Appalachian individuals, families, and communities. This short video introduces the work of the Appalachia Funders Network and presents several strategic funding opportunities for investors interested in the innovative work of building wealth within a region on the brink of change.

Highlander Research and Education Center & Rural Support Partners

Appalachian Transition Fellowship Community Meetings

The Appalachian Transition Fellowship is a year-long, full-time, paid program designed for 15 emerging community leaders who are committed to working in Central Appalachia for the economic transition of the region. Central Appalachia is defined as West Virginia, Southwest Virginia, Eastern Kentucky, Eastern Tennessee, Appalachian Ohio and Western North Carolina. This program offers the opportunity to spend a year working within host communities to help foster cross-sector (education, nonprofit, for-profit, philanthropy, and government) partnerships, provide needed capacity to regional efforts, and build personal and professional skills. Through institutional placements, independently designed projects, training, and mentoring, the program gives emerging leaders and host organizations skills and networks needed to advance economic and social change in the region. Learn more about this cross-sector regional fellowship, connect with institutions & networks, identify collaborative economic development project ideas, and discover how to become a host community or fellow! RSVP by email: Appfellows@highlander.org or phone: 865-360-7042. For more information visit: www.AppFellows.org.

Regional Economic Transition Conversation

Re-scheduled for December 13th-15th

Due to a number of scheduling conflicts with key allies, the Regional Economic Transition Summit has been postponed until December 13th-15th. Leaders from the Alliance for Appalachia member groups are interested in exploring the potential for regional-level transition efforts that Appalachian organizations could work toward collectively. This year, with the support of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, we have conducted a regional listening tour that will culminate in this Summit to:
1) create an opportunity to network and share success stories regionally
2) support relationship building between local Appalachian organizations, labor organizations, and federal agencies
3) assess the potential and value of federal-level transition opportunities
For more details click here.

4th Annual Mildred Haun Conference
The Voices of Appalachia,
February 7-8, 2014

The Mildred Haun Conference is an attempt to explore and define Appalachian literature and culture for ourselves and for the outside world. We are seeking individual and panel presentations from faculty members, independent scholars, community members, and students who have an interest in any aspect of Appalachian literature and culture. For registration information and other conference details click here.

Hands off Appalachia Action Camp

Fight mountaintop removal at an action camp in Connecticut!

The Hands Off Appalachia campaign targets UBS, an international wealth management company based in Switzerland and one of the top funders of mountaintop removal. UBS Americas headquarters is in Stamford, Connecticut. The November 19th-25th Action Camp will be an exciting time. The first part of the camp will be a training ground for building organizing capacity and leadership skills among anti-extraction activists in the northeast. After all the hard work and learning, we'll put our new skills into practice with a non-violent direct action! For more details click here.

Job Opportunities in Central Appalachia

Director of Development

Higher Achievement Virginia

After a three-year launch period building deep partnerships, refining local implementation of a national model, and cultivating a broad funding base, Higher Achievement Richmond is now realizing significant results in terms of our scholars' academic improvement . We are on the precipice of exciting growth as we leverage recent public investment to sustain our current operations and implement a strategic plan to serve significantly more middle school students in the coming three years. The new Director of Development will complete the affiliate's development team tasked with securing $630,000 for the current year; we anticipate growing revenues to $950,000 annually within three years. In partnership with the Executive Director, Manager of Grants and Administration and the volunteer Advisory Board, the Director of Development will be responsible for securing annual revenue and multi-year commitments from a diverse portfolio of individual, foundation, corporate, and government sources. The successful candidate will bring experience in cultivating, soliciting and stewarding investments from a variety of supporters with an emphasis on growing individual income. Application Instructions: To apply, visit www.higherachievement.org and select WORK. Absolutely no phone calls. All applications must be submitted through our online system.

West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition

Seeks Program Coordinator

The West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition seeks a dynamic and committed individual to help build and support West Virginia's rapidly growing local food system. Since 2010, the Coalition has supported a statewide network of West Virginians working to grow food and farm businesses while improving access to healthy local food. The position of Program Coordinator requires a special individual who is willing to work hard, think outside the box, be an advocate for farmers and consumers, and build partnerships outside of traditional "silos" in order to continue the Coalition's success in promoting food and agriculture as a critical part of West Virginia's economy and well-being. The West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition is currently located in Fayette County, WV, in the heart of Appalachia and site of the New River Gorge. The full job description, including this announcement, can be downloaded here.

Kentucky Environmental Foundation

Seeks Executive Director

Kentucky Environmental Foundation (KEF), a 23-year old nonprofit located in Berea, KY, announces a search for its third executive director. KEF was founded as a citizen-based environmental organization focused on finding a safe way to dispose of chemical weapons stored at the Blue Grass Army Depot in Madison County Kentucky. The Foundation's work includes alliances with other chemical weapons sites in the United States as well as other countries. After significant and unprecedented success in finding alternative methods for disposing of chemical weapons in Madison County and at other sites, KEF expanded its work to include additional areas of environmental health and justice concern for Kentuckians.

KEF seeks a leader with broad-based skills and personal qualities, who will engender respect for the institution s/he serves. These include: passion for the causes that the Foundation serves, intellectual acumen, idealism, social responsibility, devoted work and service ethics, and a respect for all people. Personal characteristics of warmth, integrity, authenticity, a sense of humor, and respect for differences and diverse perspectives are all important. This search is being led by the ED Search Committee. Prospective candidates may contact the Search Committee by emailing Info@KyEnvironmentalFoundation.org.

Appalachian Sound Archives Fellowships 2013-2014

Berea College

The Fellowship program now has two purposes. Continuing as in the past, one is to encourage the scholarly use of Berea's existing non-commercial audio / video collections. The other, new for 2013-1014, is to support new documentation projects that produce primary source material of lasting value for future research use in the Berea College Archives. Awards in support of either type of research are for one month with stipends of $3,000. Fellowships for the remainder of the fiscal year must be taken up between January and June 2014. All Fellowship supported research must be finished by June 30, 2014. Fellows are expected to be in residence during the term of the fellowship and are encouraged to participate in campus and community activities. The deadline for proposals is December 6, 2013 for January through June 2014. For information about Berea's Sound Archives and other traditional music collections, click here. For additional information about Berea's Appalachian Sound Archives Fellowships, click here.

West Virginia Farmers Market Association

Seeks Branding and Marketing Consultant

West Virginia Farmers Market Association (WVFMA) was formed in 2007 as a statewide farmers market association. Its goal is to strengthen the viability of farmers markets across the state by fostering cooperation among members and service providers in problem - solving, identification and adoption of best practices, and working towards policy or regulatory improvements. WVFMA wants YOUR help finding a branding and marketing consultant! Do you know, or have you worked recently with a marketing expert, logo designer and/or brand development team on projects related to farmers markets or local foods? If you have, and you think they were great, do them (and WVFMA) a favor and refer them to this RFP.

Join the Team

Is looking for 12 to 14 team members to work with in a statewide dialogue-to-action initiative due to start mid February. Deadline to apply is December 8th. The individuals who fill these VISTA positions will help build a stronger West Virginia, while gaining valuable professional experience in working with leaders throughout the state in media, nonprofits, faith communities, education, business, and government. All positions are AmeriCorps*VISTA positions. For more information or to apply for the position contact Marta Pate 304.414.4452, mpate@stepbystepwv.org. Position details can be viewed here.
Funding Opportunities
Arcus Foundation Requests Proposals for Forums to Promote Dialogue on LGBT Equality and Ape Conservation

Leading Global Foundation Advancing Pressing Social Justice and Conservation Issues

The Arcus Foundation announced the formal launch of Arcus Forum, a series of public conversations to encourage dialogue on a range of issues related to the Foundation's work on LGBT rights and ape conservation. The forums will feature speakers and content intended to serve as a vehicle for informing and nurturing advocates, and increasing visibility for leading actors and thinkers working to advance justice in society and in nature.
While Arcus will determine some topics, speakers and content, the Foundation will also invite proposals from organizations and advocates to either be featured in the series or to collaborate or co-create a forum. The Foundation is currently welcoming proposals from advocates and organizations for events to take place in New York City during the first half of 2014. The first of next year's forums is expected to take place in March. Interested organizations and advocates may learn more about submission guidelines and submit a proposal online here.

Lowe's Charitable and Education Foundation Announces 2014 Toolbox for Education Grant Program
Deadline: February 14, 2014
Lowe's Charitable and Education Foundation has announced the opening of its Spring 2014 Toolbox for Education grant cycle. The program supports projects that encourage parental involvement in local schools and build stronger community spirit. Toolbox for Education grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded in support of projects that have a permanent impact on a school community. Grant funds cannot be used to pay for memorials, stipends, salaries, artists in residence, field trips, or scholarships. Only 10 percent of any award can be allocated for outside expenses such as labor, installation, consultation, and delivery. Lowe's will only consider grants for projects that can be completed within a year of receipt of the grant. A Toolbox grant can be used as part of a large-scale project like a playground as long as the grant is used to complete a phase of the project that can be completed within twelve months of the award. To be eligible for a grant, applicants must be a public K-12 school or nonprofit parent group associated with such a school. Parent groups that are applying (PTO, PTA, etc.) must have an independent EIN and official 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. Preschools are not eligible. The application process will be closed after fifteen hundred applications have been received. Complete application and eligibility guidelines, as well as lists of past grant recipients, are available on the Toolbox for Education Web Site.
Martin Ennals Foundation Invites Nominations From Around the Globe for Human Rights Defenders Award
Deadline: December 9, 2013
The Martin Ennals Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2014 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders. The goal of the program is to extend recognition and protective publicity to those who are currently involved in frontline work for the promotion and protection of human rights. Recent recipients include individuals and organizations from Chechnya, Cambodia, Uganda, Syria, Iran, Uzbekistan, Burundi, Sri Lanka, and Zimbabwe.
The award is granted annually to an individual or, exceptionally, an organization, in recognition of their commitment and ongoing efforts in the defense and promotion of human rights. Nominees must be currently involved in work for the promotion and protection of human rights. Special account is taken of those who are at risk and have a demonstrated record of active, courageous opposition to human rights violations. The program aims to encourage individuals and organizations working to protect and preserve fundamental human rights, particularly if they are working in conditions hostile to their efforts and are in need of protection. No posthumous awards are given (except when a candidate has already passed the first round). The candidate should not use or advocate violence. Anybody can nominate an individual or organization. Neither individuals nor organizations may nominate themselves.
The present value of the annual award is 20,000 Swiss francs, to be used for further work in the field of human rights. The award ceremony will be held in Geneva in late 2014.
Program guidelines (in English, French, and Spanish), the online nomination form, and information about previous award laureates are available at the Martin Ennals Foundation Web site. Contact: Link to Complete RFP
William T. Grant Foundation Invites Letters of Inquiry for Studies on the Uses of Research in Policy and Practice Affecting Youth
Deadline: January 8, 2014 (Letters of Inquiry)
The William T. Grant Foundation seeks to fund high-quality empirical research with the goal of improving the lives of youth between the ages of 8 and 25 in the United States. To help accomplish this goal, the foundation is requesting Letters of Inquiry for its Request for Proposals on Understanding the Acquisition, Interpretation, and Use of Research Evidence in Policy and Practice. Support will be provided for empirical theory-building studies related to what affects policy makers' and practitioners' acquisition, interpretation, and use of research evidence. The foundation is interested in policy and practice directly relevant to youth in the U.S. Areas of focus can include education, juvenile justice, child welfare, health, family support, employment, mental health, and youth programs. The foundation will consider applications for newly initiated studies as well as add-on studies to existing projects. Add-on studies must address research questions not covered by prior funding from the Grant Foundation or other funders, although they may cover secondary analyses of existing data or collection and analyses of new data. The foundation encourages interdisciplinary projects and welcomes applications from researchers in various fields and disciplines, including anthropology, communications, economics, education, family studies, human development, organizational studies, political science, prevention research, psychology, public administration, public policy, public health, social work, and sociology. To be eligible for consideration, applicants must be employed at a nonprofit institution, either in the U.S. or abroad. The foundation will support research projects with awards ranging from $100,000 to $600,000 for direct and indirect costs over two to three years. Visit the Grant Foundation Web site for the complete Request for Proposals and application instructions. Contact: Link to Complete RFP

Apartments.com Expands Efforts to Combat Homelessness

Kicks-Off Inaugural Help for Homeless Grant Program

Apartments.com is launching a new Help for Homeless Grant Program to support not-for-profit homeless service providers in the United States. There is an overwhelming need for more than 3 million people who experience homelessness each year - the need for a helping hand; a warm bed; a hot meal to eat; or a safe place for kids to learn and play. The Apartments.com Help for Homeless grant program will support the programmatic or operational expenses of organizations directly benefiting the homeless population, with grants ranging from $500 to $10,000 per organization (totaling up to $100,000). For more details click here.


Dinner on the Grounds- "Appalachian Health and Well-Being" - With Robert Ludke & Phillip

Loyal Jones Appalachian Center Gallery

This illustrated, 30-minute presentation begins with a brief overview of key factors influencing health across the Appalachian region: genetics, environment, lifestyles, and health care systems. It then examines the current health status of Appalachians in the areas such as cardiovascular health, diabetes management, obesity and food insecurity, cancer, traumatic injury, mental and oral health, and substance abuse. It will include ample time for questions, comments, and discussion of community-based responses to health issues. Monday, November 18, 2013 11:45-1:00 pm in the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center Gallery, Berea College. Free and open to the pubic. A light lunch will be served starting at 11:45; Presentation starts at noon. Click here for more details.

Governor Beshear and Congressman Rogers Announce Citizen-Driven Summit to Envision Goals, Strategies for Eastern Kentucky
S.O.A.R.: Shaping Our Appalachian Regions

In an effort to focus on the future success of southern and eastern Kentucky, Governor Steve Beshear and Congressman Hal Rogers will be hosting a summit with hundreds of citizens from across the region to share new ideas and recommendations about how to move Kentucky's Appalachian region forward. The summit, titled "S.O.A.R.: Shaping Our Appalachian Region", will be held on Monday, December 9th at the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center in Pikeville at 8:30 a.m. EST. Registration deadline: November 27. Register here.

Dimensions of Political Ecology: Conference on Nature/Society

The University of Kentucky

This year, the UK Political Ecology Working Group invites YOU to organize sessions for the upcoming Dimensions of Political Ecology (DOPE) Conference! The UK Political Ecology Working Group hope that having participants organize sessions will make the conference more reflective of the wide range of cutting edge research currently taking place in political ecology. Online registration opened October 1st and cost $20 for students and $40 for faculty (there is no fee for undergraduate participants). The registration deadline is December 2nd. Please click here for more conference highlights and registration instructions, including how to submit a paper abstract that you would like the conference organizing committee to attempt to place in a suitable session if you are unable to find/organize an appropriate organized session. The conference dates are February 27 - March 1, 2014.


CEDnet's Annual Gathering

December 5, 2013

Please come out and spend the day learning what CEDnet and other social movement organizations have been working on this year on December 5th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Highlander, New Market, Tennessee. We will be honoring one individual for outstanding service, in each of our Task Forces (AAHA, SEAD, and Latino Task Force). We will also learn what is going on with immigration rights, have a Spanish lesson, a session on cultural diversity and entertainment. If you plan on eating lunch with us, it is $10.00 per person. Please let us know if you plan on attending by emailing Gwen Valentine at gvalentine1@tds.net by December 3, 2013. Please invite all of your friends and organizations that are interested in social and economic justice in East Tennessee.

Virginia Organizing
The Cost of Delaying Immigration Reform for Virginia's Economy and Small Businesses
What's on the Line
Virginia Organizing released a report showing how small business owners and all Virginians are hurting from the delay of passing comprehensive immigration reform legislation. Read the full report here.
West Virginia
Register Now for Mountain Justice Spring Break 2014
Sunday March 9 - Sunday March 16 in Northern West Virginia

Come to the beautiful mountains of West Virginia for your Spring Break! Learn about the dirty, destructive, dangerous life-cycles of coal, natural gas, and nuclear energy. Stand in solidarity with the communities in Virginia, West Virginia, SW Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee facing the ongoing destruction of coal mining, hydraulic fracturing, and nuclear energy! See mountaintop removal coal mining and natural gas extraction via hydraulic fracturing up close! Take direct action to end the reign of King Coal! To see photos from MJSB 2013 and the direct action at the West Virginia state capitol, go here. Mountain Justice Spring Break (MJSB) will bring together residents of extraction communities, college students, environmentalists and concerned citizens who are interested in learning more about mountaintop removal coal mining, fracking, and the dangers of nuclear energy. The week will be spent in West Virginia cultivating the skills and visions needed to build a sustainable energy future in Appalachia. Through education, community service, speakers, hiking, music, poetry, direct action and more, you will learn from and stand with Appalachian communities in the struggle to maintain our land and culture. Anti-Oppression trainings and discussion will be a significant part of this week, and we will strive to incorporate Anti-Oppression, Dismantling Racism and Patriarchy into all aspects of our week. Mountain Justice Spring Break will also offer a variety of community service projects. To see the schedule for the week or register click here.

Human Rights Conference at West Virginia State University
Call for Papers
Mark your calendars for an upcoming Human Rights Conference to be sponsored by the College of Business & Social Sciences at West Virginia State in Institute on April 10-12, 2014. The general conference theme is "21st Century Agenda for Human Rights: Theory & Practice." This will be a regional event, with speakers and participants from a broad range of disciplines offering presentations, posters, roundtables, workshops, and/or panels that directly or indirectly address the theme. Undergrad and graduate student involvement in a poster session and contest are welcome. Check out the Call for Papers and disseminate it to interested academicians, practitioners, and students. Moreover, consider submitting a proposal to address your specific area(s) of interest and/or expertise. We encourage proposals to be submitted by January 15, 2014. Feel free to email Dr. Billy Joe Peyton at 304-766-3235 or peytonbj@wvstateu.edu with questions or comments.

Faces of Fairness: A Case for Marriage

Faces of Fairness: A Case for Marriage
All eyes on Fairness!

Faces of Fairness: A Case for Marriage is the most recent installment in an ongoing Fairness multi-media project "Faces of Fairness" that brings greater visibility to the once hidden Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered community in West Virginia. The project also explores the numerous issues and inequalities that impact LGBT West Virginians across the state. In this video Fairness presents the case for marriage equality in West Virginia by showcasing the love story of Fairness West Virginia board member, Justin Murdock, and his partner William Glavaris. A same-sex couple based in Huntington, West Virginia, Justin and Will, along with two other same-sex families, entered into a federal lawsuit on October 1st, 2013 for the freedom to marry in West Virginia. Currently West Virginia is the only state in the southern United States that has been able to defeat and defend against a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between one man and one woman. However, it is still perfectly legal in West Virginia to deny employment or housing to an LGBT person based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. It is also still legal to deny medical benefits to same-sex partners and their children. Faces of Fairness presents the stories of real West Virginians who, despite facing legalized discrimination, choose to call the Mountain State their home. If you are an LGBT person living in West Virginia and are interest in participating in Faces of Fairness or would like more information on the project, please email media@fairnesswv.org.

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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.

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