Happy March everyone,

I hope each of you are having a wonderful beginning of spring! 

Appalachian Hero
The Appalachian Community Fund is proud to call for nominations for the 2015-2016 Appalachian Hero Awards. We are currently looking for your East Tennessee Appalachian Hero!
The Appalachian Hero Awards is presented to an individual or organization in the region who has made a substantial contribution to the social justice movement in Central Appalachia on our Journey toward Justice.
This year, the recipient of the award will be given $100 to go to their social change organization of choice.
Nominate your East Tennessee Appalachian Hero today. You have until May 1st. Here is the link to the form.

Awards to be presented between August 12th – 24th, 2016.
Check out some of our past Appalachian Heroes on Facebook Page! Martha Boggs, Kevin Jennings, Steve Fisher, Darrell McGraw, Scott Widmeyer, Benny Massey and Stanley Sturgill
And make sure to read about the latest from a past recipient under the West Virginia section of this enewsletter.

New Funding Opportunity
We also are getting ready to announce a new fund! Make sure to check your email and our website this month as we announce a new funding opportunity!
 Keep doing what you do to make the region a better place for all of us! Until next time!
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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Can You Guess Who Made The Honor Roll? 
Funders For LGBTQ Issues
Grantmaking for LGBTQ communities still comes from a small set of dedicated funders. Through their direct grant dollars and philanthropic advocacy efforts, these funders play an important leadership role in advancing the awareness and inclusion of LGBTQ issues in philanthropy and improving LGBTQ people's lives.  While more than 60 percent of the top U.S. foundations made no LGBTQ-specific grants in 2014, 91 foundations increased their grantmaking by 25 percent or more...
Click here to see the honor roll
New From The Region
Funding Forward 2016
Wednesday, March 30 - Friday, April 1 (Minneapolis, MN) 
Funding Forward 2016 is coming to Minneapolis, Minnesota!  Our annual gathering of grantmakers committed to LGBTQ issues is a great opportunity for like minded funders to connect with one another, learn from each other, coordinate efforts, and maximize impact. Register now and take advantage of the early bird rate!  
For more information click here
Wild & Wacky, Witty and Wonderful Workshop Work Week 
A Time For Fun, Education And Service To Highlander For The Long Haul! 
On May 31, Highlander welcome people for our 8th annual Workshop Work Week, a time to engage each other in those rockers in a Highlander social change workshop while having a chance to also connect our bodies to land. People come from around the country and have come internationally from Thailand, Haiti and Scotland. 
Find details here
Find details here
The 21st Annual Rural Development Conference 
Registration Open!
Register here
New Market, TN (Focus on Youth): June, 23-26, 2016 
Over the next two years, Alternate ROOTS will be hosting a series of six ROOTS Weekends. Formerly called ROOTS Regional Gatherings, ROOTS Weekends are a condensed version of ROOTS Week. These three-day convenings bring artists, organizers, and cultural organizers together to build community and share work through workshops, dialogues, visual arts, and performances. The gatherings will be grounded in the work of ROOTS Partners In Action program, but it will not be the sole focus of the weekend. The intention of this project is to help artists gain a deeper analysis of the work going on within the region and to lift up the ways artists are working with local communities to develop creative solutions to long-standing issues. ROOTS Weekends will be documented so that the experience and learning can be shared far and wide, throughout ROOTS’ membership as well as the broader field. They are not only looking to attract ROOTS members to these gatherings, but also local artists, cultural organizers, and creatives, regional and national partners, peer organizations, and funders. So in putting this event together they will be inviting proposals for performances, workshops, visual arts exhibitions, local excursions, and more!
Read more here
Read full article here
West Virginia

Shout Out To Former ACF Appalachian Hero
Darrell McGraw 
Darrell McGraw with wife Jorea Marple


West Virginia Hub
Right now, West Virginia is bursting with success stories. And they are happening in communities just like yours. 
  • Revitalized downtowns.
  • Creative approaches to fighting blight.
  • Fun and free physical fitness initiatives.
  • Art, music and cultural events.
  • Crowdfunded local businesses.

Who is doing all this great stuff? And how are they doing it? Find out, and meet them, at Hubapalooza 2016!

What is Hubapalooza?
Hubapalooza is West Virginia's most energetic, well-connected and effective community development people all in the one room.
Hubapalooza is about sharing what works.
Hubapalooza is a think tank with legs. And heart.
Hubapalooza is pragmatic, solution-focused and optimistic.
Hubapalooza is state-wide networking to make local change. With comedians. And possibly hula-hoops.
Learn more or register here
39th Annual ASA Conference
Appalachian Studies Association
"Voices from the Misty Mountains: Diversity and Unity, A New Appalachia." That is the theme of the Thirty-Ninth Annual Appalachian Studies Conference, March 18-20, 2016. The conference will be held high above the banks of the Potomac River in Shepherdstown, West Virginia on the campus of Shepherd University. Nestled but a stone’s throw from Antietam Battlefield, Harpers Ferry, Storer College, historic Martinsburg, and more, Shepherdstown is poised to offer attendees a unique experience that builds upon not only the cultural and historic richness of the area, but that of the Appalachian region itself. The Appalachian Studies Association prides itself on the inclusiveness and interdisciplinary content of its conferences and the 2016 theme allows for an in-depth look at the most pressing problems that face the region—issues that both unite and divide us.

Frank X Walker will deliver the conference keynote address on Friday, March 18 in the Shepherd University Frank Center Theater. Walker, a native Kentuckian and graduate of the University of Kentucky, holds an MFA in writing from Spalding University and was named Poet Laureate of Kentucky in 2013—the youngest and first African American to hold the position. Walker cofounded Message Theater and the Affrilachian Poets and was named one of "the most creative teachers in the South" by the Oxford American: The Southern Magazine of Good Writing. His creation of the word “Affrilachia” is included in the Oxford American Dictionary. Walker has lectured, conducted workshops, and read poetry at over 400 national conferences and universities across the globe. Walker’s keynote address, entitled “Escape from Negro Mountain: Writing History, Righting Wrongs,” will utilize stories and literature to shed light on the diversity of Appalachia. Frank X Walker will participate in a number of conference events in addition to the keynote. Special Plenary VII will feature Walker and the Affrilachian Poets in “Affrilachian Voices: A Reading by Affrilachian Poets.” Poets participating in the event alongside Walker include Kelly Norman Ellis, Ricardo Nazario y Colon, Bianca Spriggs, and others. The plenary session is free and open to the public and will take place Saturday in Shepherd University’s Erma Ora Byrd Hall.

Other special plenaries will feature the Cherokee voice of Lloyd Arneach, who will open the conference with a traditional Cherokee blessing and share stories from Appalachia’s indigenous peoples; the storytelling voice of West Virginia’s Adam Booth; reflections on folklore from John Lilly, former editor of Goldenseal magazine; the extraordinary vision of photographer Builder Levy; and finally the cultural and multicultural ethnographic intersections of Appalachian clogging and African-American dance as explored by dance scholars Matthew Olwell, Becky Hill, and Emily Oleson.
View conference details here
Job Opportunities In Central Appalachia
A Full Time Job For Appalachian Youth
The Stay Project
The STAY Project (Stay Together Appalachian Youth) has created a full-time staff position in the region. This new position will expand STAY’s capacity to coordinate trainings, leadership development opportunities, and resources to build community for Appalachia’s amazing youth. 
Fulfilling, full-time work can be one of the hardest things for young people to find in our community, which is why STAY’s job creation is so important. Not only does this job create a new opportunity here in the mountains, it also allows the STAY Project to better create and promote important opportunities for youth across the region.
“We have plenty of young, skilled people in Appalachia, and great needs for their talents in our communities--I call on other organizations and leaders to be intentional about hiring, training, and fairly compensating our next generation of Appalachians,” said Izzy Broomfield, a member of the STAY Project Steering Committee.
The STAY Project is an exciting and 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. Since 2008, the STAY Project has brought over 200 different young Appalachians together at five regional gatherings to help build a brighter future for Appalachian youth. 
Learn more about The STAY Project here
West Virginia Community Development Hub
The West Virginia Community Development Hub is looking for a journalism/communications-minded person for a VISTA role with The Hub in 2016.
The perfect person will have strong writing and research skills to help us explore community development successes in coal-impacted regions of WV. Must be an independent thinker with a passion for uncovering stories about the great things happening in our communities.

The VISTA will be a key contributor to The Hub’s State of Our Communities report project, and will be charged with examining community development initiatives across West Virginia, and telling compelling and effective stories about them, quickly and concisely.
Working alongside our Communications Director, a longtime newspaper editor and manager of newsrooms, this would be a great opportunity for a budding journalist looking to build their story generation chops. For more information, email Jake Lynch at j.lynch@wvhub.org
Learn more about this position here
Executive Director 
West Virginia Community Development Hub
The Hub seeks an executive director to lead the organization during this crucial time for the state of West Virginia, during which The Hub aims to be a driving force behind community development efforts in a wide range of sectors and communities.
  • Facilitate conversations with state and community leaders to identify challenges and
   opportunities, and ways to address those challenges and opportunities;
  • Work in non-traditional ways and in a non-traditional organization; and
  • Have an unreasonable optimism about the state, its communities, and its people.
Read more here
Appalachian Voices
Virginia Campaign Coordinator
Appalachian Voices is seeking a talented and passionate professional with grassroots organizing and environmental policy experience to help lead and execute our work in Virginia from our Charlottesville office. Our Virginia program works to promote clean and renewable energy while also combating the social and ecological impacts of new investments in fossil fuels.

Appalachian Voices works diligently to build community level engagement in decisions that impact our energy future. Key priorities for this work include advancing new market opportunities for clean energy through the policy and regulatory arena as well as the private sector, fighting massive natural gas pipelines proposed to cut across the state, and blocking a rush to build new gas power plants.

This position will report to the Campaign Director and will be based in our Charlottesville,
Responsibilities include:

  • Development and implementation of grassroots campaign plans
  • Management of VA Field Organizer, interns and volunteers
  • Planning, organizing and execution of public events including presentations, workshops, rallies
  • Producing action alerts, blogs and other online communications tools to mobilize our membership
  • Communication with decision makers, including state and federal legislators, regulators and utilities
  • Public communication and education on our issues, including media outreach, tabling and public speaking engagements
  • Assist in the coordination and facilitation of coalition calls and meetings
  • Collaboration with environmental justice groups to support communities suffering the most disproportionate impacts of our energy choices and increase awareness of environmental justice issues
  • Close coordination with, and outreach to, traditional and non-traditional partners including the renewable energy and energy efficiency business sectors
  • Working closely with the Wise Energy for Virginia Coalition, Virginia Conservation Network and other allies
Virginia Field Organizer
The Virginia Field Organizer will report to the Virginia Campaign Coordinator and will be based in our Charlottesville VA office.

Responsibilities include:
  • Work alongside VA Campaign Coordinator to plan and implement VA program
  • Plan and execute campaign events including petition drives, visibility events, community meetings and workshops
  • Train and maintain a diverse base of volunteers in Charlottesville, Richmond and across western Virginia
  • Assist in the coordination and facilitation of coalition calls and meetings
  • Outreach to and networking with community stakeholders
  • Work with communications team to produce monthly email blasts, newsletters, action alerts, blogs, Facebook posts and events and other online communications tools to mobilize our membership.
  • Maintaining detailed databases of petition signatures, email sign-ups, volunteers, community leaders, local energy service companies, key community partners, etc.
For more information click here
Funding Opportunities 
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Community Trust's 2016 Diversity Scholarship
Apply Today 
Realizing the tremendous value of a college education, the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Community Trust will offer a $10,000 diversity scholarship in 2016. The scholarship will be administered by the Memphis Chapter of the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE). Your assistance is requested to help promote the availability of the scholarship.
The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Community Trust, in collaboration with the Memphis Chapter of NAHSE, plans to reward three (3) 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. Attached you will find a copy of the application, which includes the scholarship criteria as well as a question and answer sheet (Q&A). Please share the information with promising and diverse students you feel would benefit from the scholarship. Applications are due by April 1, 2016.
Click here for more information
Appalachian Transition Fellowship: Impacts, Outcomes, & Best Practices
Register Today 
About the Webinar
The Appalachian Transition Fellowship is a year-long, full-time, paid program for emerging community leaders who are committed to working towards a just economic transition in Central Appalachia. The first cohort of fellows served from June 2014 to May 2015, followed by an intensive year of evaluation and documentation.
This webinar will inform funders interested in understanding the Fellowship's first-round impacts and progress to accelerate the Appalachian transition. Hosts will:
  • Share reflections from the Fellowship's first round evaluation and discuss how the Management Team is incorporating lessons learned into the second round;
  • Outline plans for the 2016 Fellowship cohort;
  • Invite former AppFellows to share their experiences and how the program has impacted their personal and professional lives; 
  • Welcome participant questions and feedback.

About the AppFellowship Program
The Appalachian Transition Fellowship Program (AppFellows) is an innovative approach to supporting and developing next-generation leaders who are committed to advancing the economic transition of Central Appalachia. AppFellows is a collaborative initiative informed by local, regional, and national stakeholders, and designed by the Highlander Research and Education Center and Rural Support Partners. Central Appalachia is defined as West Virginia, Southwest Virginia, Eastern Kentucky, Eastern Tennessee, Appalachian Ohio and Western North Carolina.

The AppFellows Program was conceived as a strategy to accelerate the region’s economic transition by focusing on the next generation of leaders. It was designed to address three obstacles that have held effective transition work back across the region: lack of next-gen capacity within organizations, lack of cross-sector and peer relationships between organizations, and lack of career development opportunities for young leaders who are committed to Appalachia’s future. 

Read the first round's evaluation report. Contact Kierra Sims for questions about the AppFellows Program.
Read more here
Center of Health, Environment and Justice (CHEJ)
Small Grants Available
CHEJ has a Small Grants Program for local grassroots groups working on environmental health and justice issues.  We would greatly appreciate your help in sending this announcement to grassroots groups in your network. If you are a grassroots group, please consider submitting an application. 

Grassroots communities of color, low wealth, faith based, rural and urban groups are encouraged to apply.  This grant program will support projects that help groups move towards their goals by building leadership and/or the group’s capacity. These projects could include meetings to develop an organizing strategy plan, training events, educational activities or membership outreach.  The grant awards will be up to $2,000 per group with annual budgets of no more than $50,000.  Attached is the CHEJ Small Grants Application Form.  

If you are a grassroots group, but are not incorporated and do not have a bank account, you will need to find a group that can accept the funds for your group, such as a church or other non-profit who will serve as a “fiscal sponsor “ to accept the funds.  
The deadline for submitting the application is Friday April 8, 2016. Applications should be submitted to CHEJ at info@chej.org. Please check our application form carefully for more specifics on our guidelines. If you have questions, feel free to give us a call. 
Find out more here
Support Appalachian Community Fund
Shop With Your Kroger Card
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