Your Gift to ACF CAN Make a Difference!

As a reader of our enewsletter, we hope that you will consider including ACF in your giving plan this year.


We need to raise close to $73,000 to reach our annual goal. We will track our progress on our website with weekly updates for those who want to check in.


Every dollar we raise will help ensure that we are able to continue to support grassroots organizations working on the underlying causes of poverty and injustice in Central Appalachia.

Your Gift to ACF Makes a Difference

In 2014, ACF made a total of $172,710 in grants to 54 groups through seven funding programs. 


Click here to see just a few highlights of the accomplishments of the work that we have recently supported.


Thank you for your commitment to justice and care for Central Appalachia and our global community. 


Thank you for believing in the power of grassroots efforts for social change. Thank you for wanting Central Appalachian communities to be healthy, safe, and vibrant places to live with opportunities for everyone.



We hope you will help us reach our goal by clicking on the "donate now" button and contributing today!


Thank you so much for your help. 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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ACF Sustainers Club
Funding Opportunities
Funding Forward 2015 
Call for Proposals
The Funding Forward planning committee is excited to announce that they are now accepting session proposals! They've got an engaged group of sharp funders ready to plan a productive and fun few days in Atlanta. But in order to create the best possible Funding Forward, they need your participation. This is your opportunity to share your ideas and work with the planning committee to craft a session that helps funders connect with each other and maximize impact. The submission process is designed to be simple. They don't need your ideas to be fully baked. They'll help you bake them! Details and instructions for submitting a proposal are available here. Feel free to contact Kristina Wertz, Director of Engagement, at kristina@lgbtfunders.orgif you have any questions or want to talk out your session proposal. They're looking forward to hearing your ideas!

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 at Corp.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. Read complete guidelines here.
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.
News From The Region
Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA) First-Ever List of the Top Ten Funders of LGBTQ-Inclusive HIV/AIDS Work
By Sarah Hamilton, Program and Communications Director at FCAA
Just last week on December 1st the world commemorated the 27th annual World AIDS Day, a day envisioned to both remember those who have been lost to or impacted by HIV/AIDS, and importantly, to help raise awareness of HIV. While the media and public perception of AIDS as a crisis seems to have lessened, the epidemic still rages among men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women. In the United States gay and bisexual men represent an estimated 2% of the population, yet more than half of all people living with HIV/AIDS. ... click here to read more!

Policing, and Upcoming Events
Critical Resistance
Critical Resistance (CR) is a national grassroots organization building a movement to abolish the prison industrial complex (PIC). They think of the PIC as the system of surveillance, policing, and imprisonment that government, industry and their interests use as solutions to economic, social, and political problems. Because the PIC is a huge, complicated system, they have to attack it from all different angles using many different strategies. Our broad abolitionist strategy embraces 3 main frames:Dismantle, Change, Build. CR work reflects the local problems they think are most pressing and local solutions they think are most appropriate. As such, their organizational structure is based on a chapter structure. Chapter projects range from fighting policing in working class communities of color, to community education projects, to grassroots campaigns to oppose prison and jail construction. What unites all of these projects is a commitment to working for the eventual elimination of the PIC as well as to taking practical steps to create the communities they envision for themselves.  Learn more about CR here.

CR have been pressing on with their ongoing work, because for them, fighting the violence of policing is what they work on day in and day out. They hope that from the energy and outrage of this period will emerge a stronger and broader collective abolitionist consciousness in response to these verdicts. Where they can, they hope to offer useful abolitionist interventions that help all of us think about what they really want when it comes to policing rather than what tweaks can they make to the system. They hope that more people will join the movement for PIC abolition and from this moment we can continue to build.

In the spirit of building politically together and sharing analysis, here are some of the analysis of current policing events that CR found useful:

From Alex Vitale (Critical Resistance East conference planner and ally):

From Angela Y. Davis: 

From CR Media and Communications Director Mohamed Shehk:
From Robin D.G. Kelley:
From Mariame Kaba (Chicago ally):
I Love Mountains Day 2015
I Love Mountains Day in Frankfort - Kentuckians For The Commonwealth
Kentuckians For The Commonwealth
The 10th Annual I Love Mountains Day rally and lobby day will be Thursday, 
February 12, 2015 - 12:00pm to 2:15pm at the State Capitol in Frankfort (700 Capitol Avenue, Frankfort, KY 40601). If you have any questions, please contact info@kftc.org or call: 606-878-2161. If you are planning to attend, please fill out our registration form below to let us know you're coming.

Health Impact Assessment of the Shawnee Fossil Plant 
Kentucky Environmental Foundation 
The Kentucky Environmental Foundation (KEF) is proud to release their Health Impact Assessment (HIA) of the Shawnee Fossil Plant- a project two years in the making. The HIA works to identify health concerns and provide recommendations within retrofit and retirement scenarios of an aging coal plant. The report is timely in that many communities are facing similar challenges in a rapidly shifting energy economy. Please spread the word and share the report with appropriate circles. A link to the document as well as other information including the press release can be accessed here.  

Growing Agriculture: Farming for the Ages

Don't Wait Till The Cows Come Home....Register Now!  
One on one sessions with financial, legal, real estate, and agricultural business consultants. Exhibitors, locally grown lunch, and varying workshop sessions including bu not limited to: Marketing and advertising, agritourism, and farm administration. Questions? Want to be a sponsor or exhibitor? Want to register? To register, click here. Or, you can email goicl@etsu.edu. And, if that is not enough...you can call 1-800-222-3878.


ASALogoAppalachian Studies Association Conference Scholarship Deadline

February 18, 2015
The Appalachian Studies Association Conference (ASA) provides scholarships to those unable to attend the annual conference because of financial reasons. They truly love funding people. It is part of their mission. In the past they have been able to fund most of those who have requested a scholarship. Their funds are limited so they continue to prioritize their scholarships according to those with the most need. To apply for a scholarship for the upcoming Appalachian Studies Conference in Johnson City, Tennessee, March 27-29, 2015, please visit click here


Gerardo's Story 
Children at the Border 
Thousands of children-primarily from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras-have endured a long and dangerous journey this year to the U.S. as they seek refuge from horrific violence in their home countries. Gerardo is one of those children. As he details in this Tennessean article, Gerardo's journey began in Honduras, which has the highest murder rate in the world. Over the first five months of 2014, an average of 90 children were killed monthly; in May, the month before Gerardo left, the number had risen to 102. Seeking safety, security and opportunity, Gerardo fled these conditions and took the dangerous journey to be reunited with his aunt and longtime TIRRC member Dania. TIRRC are inspired by Gerardo's courage and resiliency, and grateful for the support he has received from Dania and the community. When Gerardo and unaccompanied children like him arrive in our country, they are placed into deportation proceedings. When they appear in court without a lawyer, nine out of 10 are deported; with a lawyer, the rate drops to one in five. According to the (Memphis) Commercial Appeal, more than 60 percent of children who were to appear in the Memphis immigration court in October did not have a lawyer. Every child deserves a chance to tell their story and ask for protection in this country. As a community, we must work together to ensure representation for these children so they have a fair chance on their day in court. Outside of the immigration court proceedings, nonimmigration attorneys are also needed across the state to help obtain orders of guardianship in probate court. This is a critical step before many of these children can proceed with applications for immigration relief. To sign up to volunteer as a pro bono attorney, click here.


The Mildred Haun Conference: A Celebration of Appalachian Literature, Scholarship, and Culture

Call for Papers 
The 2015 Mildred Haun Conference will be February 6-7 with general theme of "The Changing Demographics of Appalachia." Pamela Duncan will be the keynote speaker this year, and there will be writers' workshops and programs in addition to the scholarly presentations. Please consider submitting a proposal, and certainly plan to come if you can. Stay tuned for more information as it develops. The entire conference is free. Read more here.
Lynchburg Grows Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
Winter 2014 Sign-Up
Lynchburg Grows will produce and find locally grown food and value-added artisan foods from October 15, 2014 to April 29, 2015. Each week on Wednesdays from 11 am - 6 pm, you and your family will be able to pick up your share. This basket of produce is called a half-share, and is basically the CSA members 'share' in our farm. Our half-share is $15 per week serves 1-2 people. This CSA program is a month to month commitment; payments are due on the second Wednesday of each month. Lynchburg Grows Winter CSA 2014-15 sign-up!

West Virginia
OVEC A  Month of Water
Water Unites Us! 
January 9, 2015 marks the one-year anniversary of the massive chemical leak at Freedom Industries' tank farm along the Elk River, about a mile upstream from West Virginia American Water's (WVAW) intake pipes. Early in the day, a sickening licorice smell began wafting out of water taps and hospitals reported an influx of people with rashes, nausea and other complaints after taking baths or showers. By afternoon, the governor declared a state of emergency and some 300,000 customers of WVAW were told to stop using their water for anything but flushing commodes and putting out fires. Stores were wiped clean of bottled water. The National Guard and local nonprofit groups worked to get bottled water to people in the nine impacted counties of Central West Virginia.

Restaurants, small businesses and government buildings were forced to close. It would be days before some businesses could reopen. Several never did, having gone bankrupt. It took up to nine days before the government declared the water "safe" in homes in the region. But many doubted that declaration, and those who could afford to do so continued to purchase bottled water for months after the "all clear" had been given. Some still refuse to drink the tap water.

After the chemical spill, people mobilized for action, holding educational forums, rallies and meetings, all aimed at holding regulators and politicians accountable. In response to citizen outcry, the legislature passed Senate Bill 373, which imposes the first-ever regulation of above-ground storage tanks.We need your help in observing the one-year anniversary of the careless contamination of the drinking water of more than 300,000 West Virginians. We need to make sure more is done to protect water across the state. With continued citizen pressure, we assure the progress we've made in 2014 toward cleaner, safer water continues. Together, we can make certain all provisions of the Above Ground Storage Tank Bill are maintained during the 2015 West Virginia Legislative Session.

Mark your calendars now and plan to join us for these events in January. Invite your friends and family to attend these events, organized by several citizen groups that have been working together to defend our water.

We still have much to do to make certain we restore and defend clean water for
West Virginians. Come out in January to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the chemical contamination of 300,000 West Virginia's drinking water. Come out to safeguard our progress toward cleaner, safer water. Bring your friends and family. See you in January! 
Please check ohvec.org/water for updates.

Honoring the Waters

Charleston, West Virginia
A series of events and actions to safeguard our waters. Please stay updated here for actions planned surrounding the struggles West Virginians face. Join us as we stay active in letting our leadership know we will no longer be divided but united! WE WANT ANSWERS! View event details here.

No More MTR Permits Day 
Hosted by The People's Foot
West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) continues to issue mountaintop removal permits that allow the coal industry to blast West Virginia mountains with high explosives unleashing fine particulates of silica, aluminum, and molybdenum dust. These dust particulates are proven to promote lung tumors. The People will no longer stand silent while the West Virginia DEP with the blessing of Senator Joe Manchin and Governor continue to encourage and support the poisoning of our children with toxins that cause cancer. Join The People on March 16: 11:00 a.m. at the West Virginia DEP, 601 57th Street SE Charleston, West Virginia, 25304, to send a loud and firm message to the Secretary of the West Virginia DEP; No more permits, Stop allowing this murderous act to continue, It ends today! More info here.

West Virginia Physical Activity Network Launch!
Save the Week!
The Hub is working with the West Virginia Department of Public Health, West Virginia University's Health Sciences Center, the Healthy Kids and Families Coalition, Try This!, Keys for Healthy Kids, and others to convene a statewide physical activity network. Get yourself, your family, and friends moving and help us make our official launch of this network huge! April 12-18, 2015 is the official launch of West Virginia's Physical Activity Network. There is so much happening around the state to help get people moving. We are learning that our work is so much more effective if we are working together. The West Virginia Physical Activity Network is dedicated to pulling together all of the amazing people and organizations who are already doing this work to make the impact so much bigger! Help us make this launch HUGE! For more information contact Amanda Yager: email a.yager@wvhub.org or 804-543-1761.

Save the week of April 12-18 to,
1. Get Active
2. Take a healthy selfie
3. Tag is #ActiveWV and see all the movement happening around West Virginia 
Job Opportunities in Central Appalachia
Youth and Community Engagement Program Associate
American Friends Service Committee
American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Their work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. The aim of the program is to improve the opportunities and conditions for young people in the southern West Virginia coalfields through youth-led community and policy advocacy projects.  Key responsibilities include the planning and evaluation of all projects and activities related to the program.  He or she also participates in identifying, obtaining and monitoring funds to operate projects. Read more here.

Dogwood Alliance is Hiring
Finance and Operations Director
The director of finance and operations will define the process and implement the financial and operational infrastructure and systems needed to support substantial growth over the next five years. Director of finance and operations will continue to build and manage effective and streamlined administrative and financial systems, including financial, accounting, legal, information technology, human resources and physical infrastructure. Click here to read the job description and apply.

Program Director
The director of programs will be responsible for the operational success of Dogwood Alliance's programs, ensuring seamless team management, development, program delivery and quality control and evaluation. In this newly established role, the Director of Programs will manage a growing staff. The director of programs will be a key external face of Dogwood Alliance in the community. The program director oversees the coordination and administration of all aspects of ongoing programs, including planning, organizing, staffing, leading and controlling program activities. Click here to read the job description and apply.

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.  Our 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 
865-523-5783 phone 
865-523-1896 fax

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