From The Executive Director
I'm trying this again without draft in the subject line. :)

One of our ACF Divas recently shared with me an article that said writing an appeal letter was a creative process. Well I must admit that my creative bone has been a little paralyzed here lately with everything going on in the world and our region right now. Between the election, arson-started wildfires in our beautiful Appalachian Mountains, people terrorizing college campuses, police shootings… goodness y’all, I’ve just been stumped and numb. I’m on pause.

When at the office I continue to reflect on the fact that we have taken a break from General Fund grantmaking. Even though we have been working hard on providing technical assistance, planning and information gathering opportunities for our grantees, and honoring our Appalachian Heroes, we have to pause and step back to think strategically about reshaping and reimagining ourselves and old models so we can be more sustainable and continue with our legacy of providing resources to those working to address systemic oppression and helping move us toward an equitable transition. As I reflect about my own personal moments and my work at ACF, I realize it’s not just me. This is not only one person or one organization — it’s a collective struggle. Many of us have hit the pause button.
After looking at the definition there is comfort in realizing, this is only temporary and brief.

Here at ACF we are still partnering with other organizations in unique ways to provide technical assistance for our grantees. We have an application pending to provide grantees with digital storytelling skills that will enable them to create and share their stories. We are in the beginning stages of launching our recently awarded Out in the South grant. With this grant we will be collaborating with The STAY Project for this planning grant. We will seek to serve LGBTQ communities and individuals in the Central Appalachian region, with an emphasis on those that are living in rural and disenfranchised communities.  Through our networks and relationships, we continue to leverage resources for our grantees via the Appalachian Funders’ Network, Resist and other grant opportunities that fill my constantly full inbox. These don’t show up on annual reports, but it’s still work that is done. Some years it’s more than $100,000 in leveraged dollars for Change, not Charity work. Despite this fact, it still doesn’t feel like enough and I wonder what’s next, what more can I do right now? With those questions, again, I hit pause.

Great clarity oftentimes comes in moments of silence. That’s one benefit I’ve found in this pause.

I’ve found that I am not alone. We are not alone. Many of us are wondering what’s next. What do we do? What is our Call to Action? I was just at a conference standing in a circle with like-minded funders, artists, and activists asking the same questions. One response that resonated with me was “Many of us feel a certain way, but I am soothed by the fact, that we have always been doing this work and despite what the world throws our way, we will continue to do the work that makes a difference. We may have to work a little harder, but we will continue to do the work.” Amen!

I must say they were right, even though things are tough and it feels very heavy, we are still committed to get past this current situation and do what we have been doing for almost thirty years. We will continue to work with and for grass roots organizations who are working to address the underlying causes of poverty and oppression in our beautiful region. We will continue to find ways of growing and leveraging resources to support that work. We will take the occasional pause, but always be ready to hit the play button when it’s time to stand and move with those of us who want change.

I hope that you will be encouraged to know that despite all that we are dealing with internally and externally, we are still committed to walk alongside you and all the folks in the region who are committed to make a more just and equitable region for all of us to live and to work. So right now and when we continue grantmaking, and believe me, even if it’s not at the same level, we will continue grantmaking, and we will need your support to do that work.

We pause only long enough to gather our strength, courage, and insight for what’s next. I thank you for your continued support. We need you now more than ever. We need to stand together and stand by our commitment to Change, not CharityTM.
I believe! I do believe!
Faith is the key. Open the doors and board them. There’s hope for all….
Will you sing with me?
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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Regional News
Submit by December 20th 
Appalachia as a geographic, mythic, and cultural place is multifaceted and difficult to understand as any monolithic or singular thing. Queer identities are equally multifaceted and non-monolithic. What, then, might it mean to write about queerness and Appalachia from our teaching, learning, composing, and rhetorical positions and selves? What might it mean to be queer in Appalachia? What might it mean to queer Appalachia? What might it mean to live, or write as queer in Appalachia post the 2016 election process? For this call requests essays that mix elements of story telling, personal essay, personal reflections, or coming to voice alongside or as a way of doing the more traditional academic work of theorizing and analyzing. They are looking for a queering of genre, a sense of hybridity, the esprit of voice. They are interested in the ways in which Appalachian rhetoric(al practices) intersect with, or rail against, queer rhetoric(al practices). To that end, the following are potential sites of invention:

• What theoretical and pedagogical models and practices invite Appalachian LGBTQ identities and stories into the writing classroom, 
    at the elementary, secondary, and university levels? What obstacles impede such practices?
• How do/can feminist and queer pedagogies unsettle the Appalachian writing classroom?
• What is to be said of Appalachian LGBTQ folx who either move to, or return home from, more urban environments and landscapes?
• What is the role of place/environment, rural and/or urban, for Appalachian queer writers? How do Appalachian writers affirm 
   and/or subvert metronormativity?
• What is an Appalachian queer rhetoric? What moves might it make?
• How does Appalachian identity intersect and interact with race, ability, class, and gender identity?

Please send abstracts by December 20, 2016 for priority consideration. Email to any one of the editors listed below:

Sherrie Gradin 
Ohio University

Hillery Glasby
Michigan State University

Rachael Ryerson
Ohio University
Apply here
Boone Youth Drop-In Center 
The Appalachian Media Institute (AMI) at Appalshop is proud to announce the opening of the Boone Youth Drop-in Center at the Boone Building in downtown Whitesburg, Kentucky. Since opening their doors in October they have hosted numerous workshops, screenings, meetings and events which have reached upwards of 50 youth in their small community. Recent offerings have included a free weekly photography course, painting parties, arts workshops with local artists, a weekly film club, and more! The drop-in center is open to youth aged 14-25 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays with additional hours during weekend workshops and events. AMI Program Coordinator Lacy Hale and Manager Mikie Burke are busy planning the December schedule, with upcoming workshops in silkscreening, paper-making, sequential drawing and woodblock printing. To learn more about upcoming events or to get involved, please visit the AMI online calendar and follow them on Instagram and Facebook.
Visit AMI website
Winter Solstice Celebration  
Wednesday, December 21, 7-9 p.m.
Narrow Ridge invites you to join us for our Winter Solstice Celebration. The Winter Solstice marks the longest night of the year and has been a time of celebration since ancient times as people have looked forward to longer days or "the return of the light." We will gather at Narrow Ridge's Strawbale Lodge at 7:00 p.m. Contributions of finger foods for the snack table are appreciated but not required. Signs will be posted to lead you to our Strawbale Lodge. For more information call 865-497-2753 or email community@narrowridge.org
Event details
"Foodways: The Intersection of Food in Appalachian Literature, Culture, Traditions, and History"
8th Annual Mildred Haun Conference
The Mildred Haun Conference: A Celebration of Appalachian Literature, Scholarship, and Culture explores and defines Appalachian literature and culture for Appalachians and non-Appalachians. They 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, scholarship, and culture.
Conference details
Appalachian Studies Conference at Virginia Tech 
The Appalachian Studies Association (ASA) offers a limited number of scholarships to individuals requiring financial assistance to attend the ASA annual conference. The ASA truly loves 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 prioritize scholarships according to those with the most need. They ask applicants to first seek financial assistance from their own institution or organization, if applicable, before applying for an ASA Scholarship. Scholarships cover the cost of registration/membership only. Meals and other ticketed activities are not included. Travel and lodging are the responsibility of conference attendees. An ASA scholarship serves as your registration for the conference. Scholarship applicants do not need to register or pay UNLESS they have been notified that they are not receiving a scholarship. The scholarship application deadline is February 9. Recipients will be notified by February 16. Meals must be ordered by March 2.

New this year: ASA will be offering a limited number of scholarships to seniors who are age sixty-five or older. Please check “Senior” on the form below if you would like to be considered.
For more information or to apply
Healing Our Land, Growing Our Future 
Report: Repurposing Virginia’s Abandoned Coal Sites
A report released recently highlights the economic development potential of more than a dozen abandoned coal mining sites in Southwest Virginia that could be repurposed into solar farms, community parks, sustainable farms or other innovative projects with funding from the RECLAIM Act, now pending in Congress. The report, “Healing Our Land, Growing Our Future,” identifies 14 sites in seven counties that represent the best potential for reclaiming old coal sites and re-developing them with projects that yield lasting and sustainable economic benefits for the surrounding area.
Full report
“EXTREME Appalachia!”
Preliminary Call for Participation 2017 Appalachian Studies Association Conference!
March 9-12, 2017, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia. “Extreme Appalachia” is the theme for the 40th annual Appalachian Studies Conference. “Extreme” is the impassioned commitments people have to the region, the land, and Appalachian communities, ways of life, and livelihoods. "Extreme" is the ways extreme economics—excessive resource extraction and use, under funding of public education and services, and dismal job opportunities—have sparked community resilience and activism that advance a sustainable future for the region. “Extreme Appalachia” also references exploitative pop culture products like reality television programming—as well as the countering power of the region’s visual, performance, and literary arts to nurture, provoke, and inspire. In the face of extremity, regionalist scholarship continues to augment ongoing struggles for racial, social, economic, and environmental justice.
For further information click here
West Virginia
HIV, Hep B and Hep C Set to Explode in Many Rural Areas
Bluefield, West Virginia
With the Centers for Disease Control indicating in the summer of 2016 that wide swaths of rural America were anticipated to experience an explosion of rates of HIV, hepatitis B and C, Darryl Cannady of South Central Educational Development in the central Appalachian town of Bluefield, West Virginia knew that it was high time for a more vigorous response for treatment and prevention.

Cannady is a long-time outreach director and specialist on how to prevent and treat rural HIV and other infectious diseases and works in rural West Virginia and Virginia. “You can’t solve rural issues necessarily with urban-piloted solutions,” Cannady notes. “We have to have funding directed at treating and preventing in ways appropriate to rural America. We must coordinate our efforts and call for more resources.” 

He partnered with researcher and rural economic specialist Crystal Cook Marshall to launch a campaign for a federal level Rural Task Force on HIV, Hep B and Hep C. The plan is to raise awareness more generally as well to bring the issue to the attention of state governments and federal agencies. Cannady is also reaching out to regional universities and colleges in West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky to pilot a regional task force on HIV, Hep B and C as potential model of coordination for a federal task force.

HIV, Hep B and Hep C Also a Rural Workforce Issue
Researcher Cook Marshall adds, “We have been grateful for recent federal level economic development attention in particular to Appalachia, but economic development is only one-half of the major problem we face. If we are not healthy enough to work, no amount of economic development will turn our rural areas around. Both economic and health issues must be addressed deeply and together.”

  • Sign the petition for a Task Force on Rural HIV, Hep B and Hep C here.
  • Get involved or learn more about the call for a Task Force on Rural HIV, Hep B and Hep C here.
  • Follow task force progress and learn more about the issues on Facebook and Twitter.

Contact: Darryl Cannady at 304-325-6105 or sced1@earthlink.net.
Job Opportunities In Central Appalachia
Vice President of Strategic Initiatives
Fahe, a regional membership-based non-profit in Berea is accepting applications for the newly created position of Vice President of Strategic Initiatives.  This posting is for immediate full-time employment in our home office in Berea, Kentucky. As a key member of Fahe’s Strategic Initiatives, this position is responsible for projects from conception through evaluation, ensuring the strategic alignment of opportunities to Fahe’s mission to eliminate persistent poverty in Appalachia, and otherwise planning, securing funding for, executing, and evaluating:

•    Community Development Projects
•    Corporate initiatives, and 
•    The daily operations of consulting team. 

The position will build relationships with key partners and develop strategies to address Fahe’s community development and strategic initiatives objectives. 
Full job description
Finance Director
Appalachian Sustainable Development
This is a unique opportunity for the right candidate. You are an experienced and entrepreneurial professional excited to roll up your sleeves and lead.  You will be a senior manager in an organization with approximately 20 staff and a budget approaching $2.5 million. Working closely with the Executive Director, the Board Treasurer and Finance Committee, and other key members of the team, the Director will spearhead all efforts related to financial management, including budgeting and projections, accounting and reporting, bookkeeping, grant management and audit/compliance. ASD is taking a hard look at its Finance capacity in a time of growth – a true inflection point. The right candidate will have the ability to provide strategic, financial and business leadership, be a resource to and partner with the Executive Director and the Board as well as manage core financial functions.
Full job description
Funding Opportunities In Central Appalachia
Open Society Foundation
The Open Society Foundations (OSF) work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people. In the United States, the foundations’ work seeks to promote full participation in the nation’s civic, political, and economic life—particularly for communities that are historically marginalized and vulnerable—and to ensure that the core institutions of civil society are effective and accountable to the public.

This is a rapid response fund that will support local communities and organizations in the U.S. in their efforts to de-escalate and head off future incidents of hate based on race, religion, national origin, gender and sexual orientation. For the purposes of this fund, incidents of hate include bullying, intimidation, bigoted slurs, assaults, desecration of houses of worship, and other acts. Open Society hopes these rapid response grants will promote the values of inclusion, diversity, fairness, and equal protection, and empower and equip individuals, institutions, organizations, and local communities across the social, racial, ethnic, and faith spectrum to stand together against hate. We also want to ensure that incidents are included, tracked and aggregated in local and national databases and increase public awareness and solidarity.
The grants Open Society Foundations will make through this call for applications are part of a broader emergency response to the uptick in incidents of hate in the United States.  Through a separate grant making process that is by invitation only, OSF will provide 1) support that aims to develop a national referral network that will channel requests for legal and social services to those who have experienced acts of hate; 2) support new efforts to document and aggregate incidents of hate as they happen, and categorize them by type of offense, targeted community, and geographic location; and 3) support efforts to increase public awareness of the scale and scope of hate incidents, with the goal of encouraging investigation of these offenses by state and local authorities as well as the Department of Justice.  In addition to these short-term measures, the initiative will seek to help bolster communities’ longer-term resilience and capacity to stand up to hate and overcome it.

Application details and deadlines
Released on December 5th 
The Round 10 RFP for the general program was posted on Dec. 5, 2016. The application deadline for Round Ten is January 30, 2017 (by 11:59 p.m., any time zone). Please follow the links on the right to review the current Request for Proposals, access the Proposal Form, and to consult the Frequently Asked Questions. 

If you have any questions about the program or the grant process, please feel free to contact Ashley Quintana or Ann Wallace.
Apply here
Resist Expanding Emergency Grants 
During these times Resist would like to offer concrete support to Black-led groups working to build communities of healing, resistance, and creative visioning.  While Resist are prioritizing Black-led groups, they also welcome applications from accomplice groups with a strong track record of following Black leadership. Resist offers $500 Emergency Grants to eligible groups who are facing unforeseen and timely political opportunities. They offer this support so that groups can respond quickly to unexpected organizing needs. Emergency grant applicants will hear back within 72 hours. Please see eligibility requirements.
Apply here
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