It’s hard to believe that’s it’s already the beginning of another fiscal year. Time sure does fly by when you’re doing social justice and change work. I spent a lot of time traveling in June, and now I’m taking long weekends this month in an attempt to catch my breath, but it seems like every time I turn on the television, there’s some major story that takes my breath away.

We make “Change” and change-making is hard work that requires passion and dedication, especially when so many folks in the world perpetuate hatred and strengthen the systems of oppression. It’s an honor to work with so many grassroots organizations that are working hard so the rest of us in the region can breathe.  Knowing that such grassroots organizations exist gives me hope, and I’m so glad to be able, in turn, to help them.

In particular, I’m proud to share with you ACF’s 2015 Grantees. Special thanks to all our grantees.  Thanks to each and every one of you for what you do to keep these organizations working for change in our region, whether it’s as a donor, volunteer, or staff member.

Well there’s a lot to read in this edition. I’m really excited about the feature this month, the Kentucky Transformative Leadership Project. I also want to draw your attention to the update for all of you who have signed up to support ACF by using your Kroger Card. Make sure to read if you want to continue supporting ACF while you shop.

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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Kentucky Transformative Leaders Project
Apply For First Cohort Kentucky Transformative Leadership Project 
Deadline on a rolling basis July 14th - 30th
The Kentucky Transformative Leadership Project is an advanced leadership program intended to have an impact at three levels — personally for participants, organizationally for their work & communities, and regionally for East Kentucky and Appalachia. The program’s ambition is to deepen and extend the quality and number of powerful leaders working together across sectors toward a brighter future in Appalachia. Artists, organizers and cultural workers as well as leaders in other sectors are encouraged to apply to join the program’s first cohort which will launch this fall. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis with the first deadline for early consideration on Tuesday, July 14th and consideration on a rolling basis until July 30th. For more information and a link to the online application, please contact Carrie Brunk via carrielbrunk@gmail.com.

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ACF Grantee Highlight
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Funding Opportunities 
Opportunity For Free Supplies and Merchandise
Schools, Charities, Churches and Other Qualified Organizations 
The National Association for the Exchange of Industrial Resources (NAEIR) provides FREE supplies and merchandise to schools, charities, churches and other qualified organizations. Only nonprofits which provide services to the ill, needy, elderly, or youth qualify for the program. Although many ACF grantees will not qualify, many of our grantees and other e-newsletter readers will qualify for free merchandise to be used for care of people in need or to support the administration and maintenance of groups who care for people in need. It cannot be bartered, traded or sold. You may also use merchandise as rewards, gifts or incentives for your staff or volunteers. Over $100 million worth of FREE goods will be available upon request this year, including but not limited to office supplies, janitorial products, toys, arts and crafts, books, tapes, CD's, tools, software, sporting goods, classroom materials, holiday and party goods, clothing and much more.Items must be used for charitable purposes, but there are no limits on quantity or value. You may request anything you want and as much as you want. All you pay is a $59 annual service charge, handling charges, plus shipping if that applies. The merchandise itself is FREE. 
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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 atCorp.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. 
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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.
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News From The Region
Now & Then: The Appalachian Magazine
Submissions invited 
Now & Then: The Appalachian Magazine published by the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services (CASS) at East Tennessee State University, invites contributions for the December 2015 issue. The issue's theme is Justice in Appalachia. Submissions of fiction, poetry, feature articles, profiles, new research written for a general audience, cartoons, and reviews of books, poetry, films and music will be accepted through August 25. Some motivating questions: Where are the front lines now in the struggle for social justice? Which efforts have historical roots? And what new issues or organizing models have emerged? How do aspects of social justice - economic, ethnic/racial, LGBTQ, environmental, gender, etc. - interrelate? How is Appalachia connected to larger movements for social justice? And what role has social media played? 
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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.
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It's Good To Be Young In The Mountains conference, Harlan, August 13-16, 2015
Appalachian Youth Unite to Celebrate Life in the Mountains
It’s Good To Be Young In The Mountains is a four-day event emphasizing the positive aspects of life in Central Appalachia. Organized by the Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKCTC) Appalachian Program and Appalshop, a media arts center in Whitesburg, the conference will be held August 13-16, 2015, at Harlan Center at 201 S. Main Street, Harlan, Kentucky 40831. A wide range of conversations, workshops, artists, and musicians will be featured. Conference co-coordinator Carrie Billett says that the planning committee hopes to provide a space for participants to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the younger generations. It’s Good To Be Young In The Mountains (IG2BYITM), “the conference that feels like a festival,” is giving local youth a voice. Workshop topics include photography, basic finance, small and local business, leadership, diversity, mental health, and more. Participants will have the option to take a guided tour of Harlan County or explore on their own. There will also be opportunities for attendees to share ideas and have open discussion. IG2BYITM will feature a condensed version of the latest Higher Ground production, Higher Ground 5: Find A Way. Higher Ground is a community performance project by the SKCTC 
Appalachian Program. Other local artists and musicians will also be featured. Roots & Wings, a poetry group from Louisville, will be presenting the West End Poetry Opera, an original production written by youth in West Louisville. SKCTC Appalachian Program Director Robert Gipe is calling it an event “for young people of all ages.” While the primary goal of the conference is to support younger generations living in Appalachia, all are welcome to attend. Those planning to attend are asked to register for the conference. Stay Together Appalachian Youth (STAY) Project and Appalshop’s Appalachian Media Institute will be collaborating with IG2BYITM. A tentative schedule of events can be found on the website. 
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The Appalachian Symposium
Berea College
Annual Institute Scholarships 
Apply Online by July 15th
Thanks to the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Kentucky Department for Local Government, 2015 Annual Institute scholarships are available for individuals and teams from Kentucky-ARC distressed counties. 
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The Bomb Started in Oak Ridge. It should end here. Now.
Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance (OREPA)
Seventy years after the destruction of Hiroshima, Japan by the world’s first atomic bomb (and, three days later, Nagasaki), events in East Tennessee will join in solidarity with survivors of those bombings who say, “Never again.” “It’s only about the past insofar as we don’t want to repeat it,” said Ralph Hutchison, coordinator of the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance, which is sponsoring a series of events beginning in early August. “Our main concern, shared with the people of Japan, is about the present and the future.” The Y12 Nuclear Weapons Complex in Oak Ridge, TN, will be a focus for OREPA’s events. Y12 produced the highly enriched uranium that fueled the Little Boy bomb that the United States used to destroy Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. In 2015, Y12 is still actively producing thermonuclear cores for US nuclear warheads and bombs under the “Life Extension Program.” The US is also spending hundreds of millions of dollars to design a new multi-billion dollar bomb production plant, disingenuously called the Uranium Processing Facility, to continue producing components for decades to come.
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Save The Date For The 2015 2nd Annual Appalachia Food Summit!
Tickets Are On Sale
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, 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. 
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West Virginia
American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) in West Virginia
An event to look out for is the first West Virginia Freedom School planned for August 28th-30th in Charleston. Anyone between the ages of 15-22 is welcome to apply. At the Freedom School, participants will learn about our racial history and how to analyze and undo structural racism in our country through student organizing and issue campaigns. In November 2014, groups came together to host a Summit on Race in Appalachia. Since then, there have been mini summits, trainings, film screenings, and informal lunch gatherings to continue building a base of people who understand systemic racism and how it perpetutates vast inqualities. In order to engage more youn people in the struggle for racial justice, AFSC in West Virginia is hosting a Freedom School for youth ages 15-21 to learn about racism and how to organize to undo it. AFSC will learn anti-racist community organizing skills and learn from community elders. At the Freedom School, they will think critically about the education system, the media, and the criminal justice system. Participants will learn and work together to create change.To apply or if you have questions contact Lida Shepherd at (304) 356-8428 or at Lshepherd@afsc.org.
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Job Opportunities in Central Appalachia
Special Assistant to the Director
This position provides organizational support to the executive director (ED). The person plays a vital role in providing a wide range of high level communications, and executive and administrative support related tasks, including: external communications and correspondence; research, writing, and preparing reports; managing the ED’s calendar and travel; and coordinating meetings and events. This position interacts with all of Highlander’s teams, especially the Development and Communications Team and with Highlander’s Board of Directors.
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The STAY Project
The primary job of STAY's coordinator is to organize and facilitate STAY activities, including: financial health, programatic strategies, general infrastructure and internal and external communications. The position will work closely with STAY's steering committee, Highlander Center staff, and our partnered organizations and networks to determine annual plans and advance STAY's mission. The coordinator will work as a direct link among our membership base, at events, to funders, and with our fiscal sponsor, The Highlander Center. The STAY Project is a diverse regional network of young people working together to create, advocate for, and participate in safe, sustainable, engaging and inclusive communities throughout Appalachia and beyond. The STAY Project focuses regionally on Central Appalachia and on youth-led initiatives to build skills, develop networks, and empower youth in Appalachia, especially youth of color and LGBTQ youth, through a diverse array of workshops at annual gatherings. For more information about the job, and to apply, check out the job description online here.
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