Peace & Gratitude
Peace is in our hearts because our allies continue to stand by our side.
Peace is in our hearts because our grantees continue to do their strong work.
Peace is in our hearts because our donor continue to give financial support.
Peace is in our hearts because of you!
We thank you for all of your support and hard work that has brought us this far and that will continue to carry us forward.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.




I hope y'all can join me and ACF as I present the keynote address on Friday evening, March 27, for the 38th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference!  The theme of this year's conference is Many Mountains, Many Musics.  The conference will run March 27-29, 2015 at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee. For more information click here.


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
Brushy Fork Institute and The Center for Rural Development
Now Accepting ARC Grant Proposals
Brushy Fork Institute and The Center for Rural Development are accepting grant proposals for the 2015 KY Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Flex-E-Grant program. The Flex-E-Grant (FEG) program, designed by the ARC, provides small investments in short-term projects that build community capacity to mobilize local resources, gain leadership experience, and strengthen community institutions and networks. Grants are subject to approval for up to $10,000, require a 20 percent match of total project costs, and are to be completed within a six-month timeframe. Funds are made available on a reimbursement basis only. The FEG program was generated from the ARC initiative to enhance assistance to distressed counties, and each approved project must demonstrate beneficiaries in a distressed county. Although the primary intent is to support efforts that help develop local capacity, eligible activities may also include collaboration among communities in support of existing and emerging regional development efforts, such as SOAR, Promise Zone, and other regional capacity building initiatives. Competitive grants are available to nonprofit entities or units of goverment in 40 Kentucky counties designated by ARC as distressed counties for fiscal years 2013-2014. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. (EST) on February 23. Digital files are preferred and may be emailed to arc@centertech.com. Review grant guidelines and download proposal forms here.

2015 Greensboro Justice Fund Fellowship at the Highlander Center
Applications Due February 27
Highlander is honored to announce they are now accepting applications for the 2015 class of the Greensboro Justice Fund Fellowship at the Highlander Center. Each year, this learning and relationship-building fellowship trains 5 activists and organizers to carry on the legacy of C ar Cauce, Mike Nathan, Bill Sampson, Sandi Smith, and Jim Waller, who were murdered by the KKK and Nazis on November 3, 1979 in Greensboro, North Carolina. The 2014 class of Greensboro Justice Fund Fellows: Marianela Acuña-Arreaza, Blain Snipstal, Braden Latham-Jones, Kaitlin Malick, and Elmis Navarro. Photo by Marianela Acuña-Arreaza. Fellows will begin their one-year fellowship by coming to Highlander for the seventh annual Wild & Wacky, Witty & Wonderful Workshop Work Week (W-7.7), May 26 - 30, 2015, to dig deep into Highlander's methodologies with a group from across the country. During W-7, fellows will have small group time as a class, and individual time as well. Fellows will also have the opportunity to return to Highlander for a weekend workshop with their class, and to attend Highlander's annual Homecoming celebration in September for a cross-class connection and learning exchange with previous classes of the fellowship. Applications for the fellowship are due by Friday, February 27. Visit the Highlander Center website here for full details on the fellowship and how to apply!

First Nations Development Institute 
Now Accepting Proposals for 2015 Native Youth & Culture Fund
First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) is now accepting proposals for its Native Youth and Culture Fund (NYCF) program that focuses on youth, and incorporating culture and tradition to address social issues in Native communities. First Nations will award approximately 20 grants to Native organizations and tribes seeking ways to preserve, strengthen and/or renew Native culture and tradition among Native youth. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time on Thursday, March 12, 2015. All applicants must fully complete the First Nations online grant application. Eligible entities include but are not limited to federal- and state-recognized tribal governments, tribally-run programs, tribal colleges, and Native American-controlled 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. This program does not fund individuals or public schools. Please read the official request before you decide to submit a proposal. More information and the online grant application can be found here.

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Community Trust Scholarship

Diversity Scholarship

Realizing the tremendous value of a college education, the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Community Trust will offer a $10,000 diversity scholarship in 2015 (awarded in two payments of $5,000 each over the course of two consecutive semesters). The scholarship will be administered by the Memphis Chapter of the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE). The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Community Trust, in collaboration with the Memphis Chapter of NAHSE, plans to reward three recipients in recognition for their outstanding achievements in community service, leadership, and academics. These scholarships will be awarded to minority undergraduate students who wish to pursue careers in the field of health care. Scholarships will be distributed to students representing West Tennessee, Middle Tennessee, and East Tennessee (one in each region). The scholarship will provide financial support to promising and diverse students seeking to further their educational goals. A copy of the application can be found online, which includes the scholarship criteria as well as a question and answer sheet. Applications are due by February 28, 2015. You can also get more details here

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
Last year's Wacky Work Week, which brought 5 organizers from Beyond Borders in Haiti to the Hill! Photo by Elmis Navarro
Wild & Wacky, Witty & Wonderful Workshop Work Week 2015
A Rocking Start to Summer
Highlander will hold its seventh annual Wild & Wacky, Witty & Wonderful Workshop Work Week (W-7.7) May 26-30, 2015! Kick off your summer in the shadow of the Great Smoky Mountains by Highlander staff and activists, artists, and organizers of all backgrounds from across the country for a weeklong exploration of Highlander's methodologies. During the day, participants will enjoy workshops on popular education, organizing, Highlander history, and more to strengthen their work in local communities, as well as working in teams in service to the place of Highlander in a praxis that continues dialogue and learning exchange--from trimming hedges to shelving books in the library, there are jobs for all levels of skill and ability. And at night, kick back and enjoy the sunsets with sharing, songs, and a squaredance. The fun begins with supper at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, May 26, and concludes with lunch at noon on Saturday, May 30. Space is limited, so apply now! For more information and the application, visit their website here, or contact Susan Williams at swilliams@highlandercenter.org or 865-360-7042.

Justice for the Mountains
This video was made by MJSB 2014 attendee, featuring the chemical spill near Charleston.

Mountain Justice Spring Break 2015 

March 7th-14th

For a fifth year in a row, the RReNEW Collective and Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards (SAMS) will be hosting Mountain Justice Spring Break (MJSB) in Virginia from March 7-14, 2015 at beautiful Natural Tunnel State Park in Southwest VA. Registration is now live! As a participant, you'll engage with the environmental, health, economic, and social impacts that decades of coal mining as a mono-economy have had on Appalachian communities, and learn about organizing and resistance efforts. Beyond mountaintop removal, you'll learn about a broad range of environmental and social justice issues in Central Appalachia, and the exciting work being done by community groups to transition the economy and build resilience. Days will consist of workshops, service field trips, and opportunities to network with other activists, and our evenings will wind down with citizen and local organizer panels, music and campfires, and story-sharing with a diverse group of others working for social justice. Over the course of this event, participants will meet and support the folks working to build a better future for Appalachia, build skills as organizers and change agents, and along the way have fun, go hiking and put a little elbow grease into local service projects! Over 100 people are expected to attend. Make new friends and meet other concerned, caring young activists at MJSB! For more information and to register, click here or paste http://mjsbvirginia.wordpress.com/. More information about MJSB can be found at www.mountainjustice.org.




The University of Kentucky Appalachian Research Symposium & Arts Showcase 

Call for Participation 

The The University of Kentucky (UK) Appalachian Center, Appalachian Studies, and the Graduate Appalachian Research Community (GARC) are excited to announce the Sixth Annual UK Appalachian Research Symposium and Arts Showcase to be held on Saturday, March 7th, 2015. Invitations are extended to both undergraduate and graduate students of all disciplines who are currently attending an accredited Kentucky university or college, and registration is free for both presenters and attendees. The symposium is intended to foster a supportive community in which students from various fields can present their Appalachian-based research and creative work, learn from each other's findings, and discuss research, obstacles, successes, and potential points of collaboration. Students creating performance or visual artworks related to Appalachia are strongly encouraged to participate as well. See the symposium website for more information. Online abstract submission is now open at . 200-250 word abstracts should be submitted by midnight February 15, 2015.

Growing Appalachia
Kentuckians For The Commonwealth
Growing Appalachia is a day of workshops about small-scale farming, energy efficiency and renewables sponsored by the Big Sandy chapter of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth. Here is a brief history of the conference: In 2009, members of the then Floyd County and Knott County chapters were concerned about the recession, the loss of coal jobs, and the effects these things were having on eastern Kentucky. With a desire to be more solution-oriented and to focus on a transition for the region, the Growing Appalachia conference was born. The first conference was held in 2010 and about fifty people that came to participate in career-focused workshops related to agriculture and energy. The chapter decided it was a good productive conversation and decided to keep it going the following year, but with a broader focus to include ways people can save money or earn some extra income. Each year since then, the conference has grown but with the continued goal of providing promising, sustainable ideas that people in and around eastern Kentucky can use to save/earn money or even start a small business by focusing on small-scale farming, energy efficiency, and renewables. If you're interested in getting involved with conference contact Jessie Skaggs at 606-263-4982 or send her an email.

Appalachian Studies Association Conference

Full Conference Schedule and Scholarship Deadline 

The 2015 full conference schedule is now available here. Please direct all questions or concerns to Amy Collins, the 2015 program chair, at COLLINA@mail.etsu.edu. The Appalachian Studies Association Conference (ASA) also 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 by February 18, 2015 for the upcoming Appalachian Studies Conference in Johnson City, Tennessee, March 27-29, 2015, please click here

Community Potluck And Slideshow Presentation: Nicaragua in Pictures and Brief Video
Narrow Ridge
You are invited to join Narrow Ridge for a community potluck followed by a slideshow presentation on Nicaragua on the evening of Saturday, February 28. They will gather at their Mac Smith Resource Center at 6:00 pm for a shared meal. At 7:00 pm, Mitzi Wood-Von Mizener will offer a slideshow presentation of Nicaragua with images and brief video clips from her visit there in November of last year. The presentation will be followed by an open discussion of how Appalachia and Central America share common gifts as well as challenges and how we can honor our relationship to our brothers and sisters across national borders.
 Guests are asked to bring a covered dish. For more information contact Mitzi at 865-497-3603 or community@narrowridge.org.

The ABC's of Advocacy
Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence
The ABC's of Advocacy: Best Practices in Responding to Violence Against Women (Johnson City) This two-day training will focus on the history of violence against women, practical advocacy techniques, prevention, vicarious trauma, and much more. This training is best suited for new advocates seeking an introduction to the violence against women movement in Tennessee, but offers a nice refresher for more experienced advocates as well. Training will take place Wednesday, 
March 11: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm and Thursday, March 12: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm at D.P. Culp Center 412 J. L. Seehorn Rd, Johnson City, TN 37614. Cost is FREE! Click here to Register.
Virginia Organizing 
What Are Your Plans For March 13? 
Save The Date
Come join Virginia Organizing at The Paramount Theater in Charlottesville to honor their 20th anniversary with a big "Festivale" celebration! The Paramount will be converted to a New Orleans inspired festive celebration for one night only. Bryan Elijah Smith and the Wild Hearts, a unique Americana band, will headline the Festivale. In addition, performances by Latin Jazz, Samba, Spanish Flamenco, and Bossa fusion band Beleza and Reggae sensation Mighty Joshua will perform. You can read more about this great event, the performers, and get  tickets by clicking 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 their 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
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

Try This 2015 Conference
Are You Working For A Healthier West Virginia? This Conference Is For You!
Enjoy two idea-packed, inspiring days with like-minded West Virginians! Meet people from all over the state who are doing great things to help their communities. Trade ideas! Join forces! Get inspired, learn, plan your next steps. Help build a statewide movement! Get a team together from your community, come to the conference, and apply for a minigrant to fund a community project! Info on "How to build a minigrant team" here. Last year, Try This awarded $82,000 in Try This grants to 42 community teams! Most of them have gone well beyond what they said they would do! Last year was a sellout. The same is expected this year, only sooner. Save the date and register soon (registration for returning participants opens January 15 and registration for new participants opens February 1).Early bird prices till Feb. 15th! Register now here. Event location: West Virginia Wesleyan Buckhannon, West Virginia on June 5 - June 6, 2015. See pictures of a great 2014 conference in our facebook photo albumWant to know more about Try This? Go to: www.trythiswv.com

Yes, West Virginia tops a lot of worst health lists, but we don't have to stay there! One in four West Virginia 11-year-olds now have high blood pressure and are obese, according to West Virginia University. That's a prescription for future diabetes and heart problems. We can change that future! It's up to us! 
Job Opportunities in Central Appalachia
Windcall Institute
Executive Director
The Windcall Institute is seeking a new Executive Director. This position is an opportunity to lead a dynamic organization that is committed to supporting and sustaining community and labor organizers. The Executive Director works with a committed alumni board and alumni base to implement and develop the Residency Program, our flagship initiative; a new program, Staying Power; and an individual donor program to support the work. Aside from management and fundraising skills, they seek a leader who shares a broad understanding of and passion for social, economic and environmental justice movements involving low-income communities and people of color. Windcall is based in Oakland but they will consider applicants from other parts of the country as well. Salary range of $32,000-$39,000 ($64,000-$78,000 FTE) for twenty hours a week, with the possibility of hours increasing. Medical, dental, generous vacation and retirement. Click here for the full job announcement.

Education Team Administrative and Communications Support
The Highlander Research and Education Center
Highlander is hiring! They are now accepting applications for an Education Team Administrative and Communications Support position. This staff position will provide administrative support to Highlander's Education Team, which works together to plan, carry out and evaluate the movement and capacity building educational work of the Highlander Center. This is a full time position with some dedicated percentage support to particular education programs. The work of the team takes place at various times and also on weekends and this position requires flexibility and adaptability. This position starts as soon as possible, with plans to fill the position by April. Highlander will start reviewing applications immediately, application deadline is February 27th. The position is open until filled. Click here for details. 

Kentuckians For The Commonwealth
Hiring Two Organizer Positions
Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, a statewide grassroots social justice organization, is accepting applications for two positions: a Tax Organizer and a Southern Kentucky Community Organizer. Applicants should have a good understanding of and commitment to community organizing and leadership development. Must be committed to organizing for social change and to racial and cultural diversity. Access job description for each position here or 606-878-2161.

To apply for the Tax Organizer position, please include "Tax Organizer" in the subject line and to apply for the Southern Kentucky Organizer position (based in Warren County/Bowling Green) please include "Southern Kentucky Organizer" in the subject line when you submit your materials electronically. Send a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three references.   Materials should be emailed here or mailed to KFTC, PO. Box 1450, London, KY, 40743.

Our Vote, Our Future
Canvass Director
Our Vote, Our Future is looking for a Canvass Director to help build a door-to-door canvass to engage West Virginia families in the political process and fight poverty. For the past two years, the Our Children, Our Future Campaign has worked hard to build potent state and local advocacy coalitions in West Virginia. Our efforts have resulted in 12 major policy victories at the state level - from expanding Medicaid to 120,000 new working families and raising the minimum wage, to restoring cuts to vital children's services and increasing physical activity in schools. Through our partners, we have also initiated 42 separate community-led local projects to improve child and family well-being. Our Vote, Our Future's next step is to build a sister 501c4 advocacy organization that will run a door-knocking operation that will build a statewide, self-funding, issue-driven membership base - all in an effort to push policies that benefit children and families. In the 2014 election, we ran a pilot project of this door-knocking canvass, and we are now looking for a Canvass Director who can stand up a full-scale operation in 2015. For more information or to submit an application email stephennoblesmith@gmail.com with the words "Our Vote, Our Future" in the subject heading. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis. 

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 
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865-523-1896 fax

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