Appalachian Community Fund
Special RFP Issue
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Request for Proposals
Events Across the Region
About Us
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The Appalachian Community Fund (ACF) was founded in 1987 to bring new resources and provide grants to groups for community organizing and social change in Central Appalachia (East Tennessee, Eastern Kentucky, Southwest Virginia and all of West Virginia). Grants are given to community-based organizations that address underlying causes of the economic and social distress of the region. ACF seeks to build a long-term resource base and expand community philanthropy in the region. In 20 years, ACF has given away over $5 million to community organizations. In 2010-2011, ACF distributed $204,000 in funds.

Applications for Funding Due November 8, 2011

The deadline for submitting your proposal to the Appalachian Community Fund is fast approaching! Please make sure your application and accompanying materials are received in the ACF office no later than 5pm on Tuesday, November 8, 2011. Please click here to see if you qualify to apply for funding and here to download an application.

Events Across the Region

Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
The Northern Kentucky chapter of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth and others are hosting a screening of Coal Country during a special meeting of KFTC. The meeting will start at 2pm and the film will play around 2:10pm. After the film there will be a short discussion about mountaintop removal mining, its effects on Appalachia, and what the future of Appalachia could hold. The event will be held in the NKY Science Center, room 301.
Jobs with Justice of East Tennessee
For more information about Jobs with Justice of East Tennessee click here. The next meeting is scheduled for November 3, 2011 at 6pm. The meeting will be held at the Workers United office, 1124 N. Broadway, Knoxville, TN.

Statewide Organization for Community eMpowerment
November 12, 2011 - Join SOCM in the Walk for Justice. from 9am-1pm. If you can't participate the day of the event you may contribute by sponsoring another walker or by making a donation and specifying it go toward Walk for Justice. The walk will be happening in Spring Hill, TN at Henry Horton State Park and in Knoxville, TN at Tyson Park.


Water Research Symposium - Coal and Water in Central Appalachia: The Challenge to Balance

This event will happen Tuesday, November 15, 2011 in the assembly hall at the Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center. Invited experts from the region and beyond will provide insights into the policies and scientific information associated with water resources and coal mining in Central Appalachia. Representatives of federal and state agencies will discuss water-protection policies that affect mining operations. Technical presentations by university scientists will address the influences of coal mining practices on our water supply. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and contribute to group discussions. Visit for more information.

Virginia Rising: A Rally to Keep Ison Rock Ridge Standing

Join members of the Wise Energy for Virginia Coalition, the Greater Washington Interfaith Power and Light, and community members from Wise County, VA in Washington D.C. The rally will happen on Wednesday, November 16, 2011, from 12-1pm at the Environmental Protection Agency headquarters (1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW). For more information and to RSVP, visit

Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards

SAMS has membership meetings every 3rd Tuesday at 6:30pm at the SAMS office, 511 Main Street, Appalachia, VA. They also have check-in meetings every Friday at 10am in the SAMS office. SAMS also participates with Wise Energy for Virginia Coalition which has weekly strategy calls every Friday at 11am.

West Virginia

The Last Mountain

The American Conservation Film Festival will host a screening of The Last Mountain in Shepherdstown, WV at 7pm. Click here for more information.

Mission Statement
The Appalachian Community Fund (ACF) 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.

Almost 25 Years Working for Social Change
Since its founding i
n 1987, ACF has awarded over $5 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 Appalachians every day, we can create more just, equitable, healthy communities with opportunities for everyone. ACF has had a significant impact in our region. Please visit success stories and current grantees to find out more.

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