May 2019
Inside ACF
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Out in Appalachia
Join the Appalachian Community Fund's Out in Appalachia Team for the Knoxville Pride Parade!! We will be giving away prizes & goodies, as well as having a photo booth to raise awareness for the liberation of the LGBTQ community. We are very excited to be participating in this event & look forward to celebrating in the streets of Knoxville!

If you would like to volunteer to walk with us in the parade or help out at our booth, please contact walter@appalachiancommunityfund.org.
Welcome ACF's New Organizing Team
(Left to Right): Walter Davis, Shane Wilkerson, Margo Miller, Reed Young (on computer), and Taysha DeVaughan and Jessie Watts.
Southern Black Girls and Women's Consortium
Virginia Listening Session Host Needed
Listening Sessions are designed to capture the needs and dreams of Black Girls in the South. We are still looking for a host in Virginia.

If you or an organization that works with Black Girls is interested and would like more information, please contact sbgwc2019@gmail.com and please let them know you heard about it in our enewsletter.
Sun, 23 Jun 2019, 12:00 AM
REFUGEES ARE THE FABRIC OF THEIR COMMUNITIES. Join them for their KNOXVILLE WORLD REFUGEE DAY CELEBRATION ON SATURDAY JUNE 22ND FROM 5PM TO 8PM! There will be food, music, and performances. Suggested donation is $5 per person, and children 5 and under are free. They will be celebrating the cultures of the KNOXVILLE community at the Jacob Building in Chilhowee Park. 
Wildflower Memorial 
Seed Sowing Ceremony 
Saturday, May 25, 6:00 - 6:45 p.m.
Narrow Ridge invites friends and neighbors to join us on Saturday, May 25 as we remember loved ones who have died in a wildflower seed sowing ceremony in our Wildflower Memorial Garden. We will meet at 6:00 p.m. at our Mac Smith Resource Center and journey from there to the wildflower garden. During the ceremony we will sow wildflower seeds in honor of loved ones in whose name memorial donations have been made to Narrow Ridge. Additionally, we invite all who attend to sow wildflower seeds in memory of their own deceased loved ones. We welcome folks to visit our Wildflower Memorial Garden throughout the year as well.
For more information please contact Mitzi at 865-497-3603 or community@narrowridge.org.
Register Here


Rage, Hope, Community: Community Organizing in These Times
Their annual community organizing workshop and direct action training will be back at Highlander May 30-June 2, 2019. 

Registration will open in January 2019 - stay tuned and save the date!

Narrow Ridge Seeks Part-Time
Buildings, Grounds, and Systems Manager
Narrow Ridge Center is seeking a part-time, onsite staff person with managerial, electrical, and general handyperson skills who embraces our mission of Earth literacy and ongoing vision of building a living demonstration of a sustainable community in beautiful, northern Grainger County, Tennessee. This position requires an average of 25 hours per week in exchange for $12 per hour and modest housing accommodations. Send resumes to Narrow Ridge, 1936 Liberty Hill Rd, Washburn, TN 37888, and share this information with anyone that you believe to be interested and qualified. Please contact Mitzi at 865-497-3603 or community@narrowridge.org for additional information.
West Virginia

2019 Fellowship Application is LIVE!

Applications are due May 24th at 9am

The West Virginia Trainers Project is excited to announce the open application period for the 2019 Trainers Fellowship! This fellowship is designed to cultivate the skills, power and confidence of West Virginia organizers for whom training, facilitation and leadership development is a key part of their community work.


Are You Jazzed Up About Undoing Environment Racism in West Virginia?The Green Pathways Fellowship Program creates a pathway to the green sector for low-income young adults in living wage entry-level positions in the environmental justice movement.

Green Pathways Fellows will be hired and placed, in partnership, with host sites for two-year fellowships. Along with leadership coaching and development, our fellows will be paid a living wage, with benefits!
Apply Here
Tennessee NAME Inaugural Conference
2019 Conference Theme:
Educate, Embrace, Appreciate:
Building Equitable and Divers Communities

The Tennessee chapter of NAME invites educators, researchers, healthcare providers, business and industry representatives, policymakers, community members, local activists, graduate students, and anyone else interested in working to build more equitable and diverse communities to be a part of the inaugural Tennessee NAME conference.

Questions? Email us at

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Register today for the 3rd Annual Artists Thrive Summit
Tuesday, July 30 - Friday, August 2

Berea, KY

Have you heard? We're hiring for a Black Lung Organizer position at ACLC. (Hint: Instead of clicking the button below that says "Apply Now", send us an email at jobs@aclc.org with a cover letter, resume, and three references.)
Please click the link below for more information
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Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, a statewide grassroots social justice organization, is accepting applications for a Donor Officer position in Kentucky (position is based in one of our seven regional field offices across the state).

We are seeking a Donor Officer to build a donor engagement program for KFTC that engages new and current donors, builds our donor base, and moves donors up the ladder of engagement in support of KFTC’s vision.

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Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, a statewide grassroots social justice organization, is accepting applications for a Community Organizer position in Jefferson County, Kentucky (position is based in Louisville, KY).
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Applications for the 2019 cohort of the Ridgeway Transformative Leadership Experience are now being accepted. Ridgeway is an immersive year-long experience for leaders in Central Appalachia at any stage of life who are looking to “level up” in their personal, interpersonal, organizational and network development. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the cohort is full and applicants are encouraged to apply by Monday, October 1, 2018 to ensure consideration for the 2019 cohort 

Participants are chosen with the intent that each cohort reflects multiple dimensions of diversity and experience inherent in its East Kentucky home base and the surrounding region. Ridgeway is cross-sector and intergenerational. 

Visit ridgewayleadership.net to find out more or contact program facilitator Carrie Brunk directly.
Call for Proposals

Dr. Shaunna L. Scott seeks chapter submissions to document and highlight the strategies, visions, and experiences of communities, organizations, and individuals who are seeking to promote economic diversification, social and environmental sustainability, and social justice during a critical period of economic transition in Appalachia –what is sometimes referred as “a just transition.”

This volume will include writing by academics, professionals and practitioners, citizens, and activists about their experiences and understanding of the successes and challenges of economic and community development during this significant regional economic transition. In addition, the volume welcomes analyses, case studies, or reflections on an array of relevant post-coal transition issues with a focus on theory, policy, and/or practice. Finally, chapters documenting post-coal transitions from other regions of the world while, at the same time, comparing or relating those projects to the challenges in Appalachia would be appreciated.
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MACED is partnering with East Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program (EKCEP) to create some great opportunities for displaced coal industry workers who want to start a new career in the energy economy. Other candidates may also be qualified as determined by EKCEP. These New Energy Internships pay well and are designed to lead either to full employment or the opportunity to start a new business in the new energy economy.
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We have 5 job announcements for behavioral health on the Stone Mountain Health

Services Facebook page and ads should be going out in the papers. For the provider positions, we will consider licensed or license-eligible Psychologists, Social Workers, and Professional Counselors.

  1. Jonesville / Western Lee BH provider for life span but someone with child/adolescent experience and training
  2. Haysi / Council life span BH provider
  3. Haysi Care Manager (probably a BSW or RN)
  4. St. Charles Black Lung BH provider
  5. Vansant Black Lung BH provider

We are anticipating some specific substance abuse grant money becoming available at some point in the future and for that funding we would look at hiring BH providers to work with Suboxone patients in St. Charles and Haysi. We do not know when that will become available – until then, the Haysi position would include substance use counseling components.

At some point, I envision trying to add Peer Support personnel, who would be supervised by the Black Lung BH providers and the substance use BH providers.

We have several Black Lung positions advertised on the Stone Mountain Facebook page and ads should be going out in the papers.

  1. Behavioral Health providers in St. Charles and Vansant
  2. BL Support Technician (data management) in St. Charles
Benefits Counselors / Lay Reps in St. Charles and Vansant
It's Here!! We are excited to announce the 2019 annual STAY Summer Institute July 18th-21st at Hungry Mother Lutheran Retreat Center in Marion, VA! We hope you can join us for what promises to be a weekend full of fun, friendship, collective learning and growth. Registration will close Monday, July 8th,.

The STAY Summer Institute (SSI) is STAY's largest gathering and is designed by youth for youth. This event is an autonomous space for 14-30 year old's from Central Appalachia (includes Eastern Kentucky, East Tennessee, West Virginia, Southwest Virginia, and Western North Carolina).
Register Here

2019 GUTC Leaders Fellowship Registration Open


We are excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2019 - 2020 GUTC Leaders Fellowship. After a successful inaugural cohort we are looking for a new cohort of trans, gender non-conforming, or non-binary professionals who are currently employed full or part time with a philanthropic entity based in the United States.

The GUTC Leaders Fellowship provides ongoing support, peer networking, and leadership and professional development to a cohort of 6 trans, gender non-conforming, or non-binary professionals in philanthropy over a 12-month fellowship period, beginning in March, 2019.

Fellows will receive the following:

  • Invitation to attend Funding Forward 2019 (March 20-22, 2019)
  • 2 in-person retreats featuring peer networking, skills development, and self-care
  • Ongoing job coaching and career counseling
  • Support to design and submit proposals for workshops to philanthropy conferences
  • Monthly professional and career development/skills-building activities
  • Help to develop a personalized professional development plan, with realistic goals and support
  • A mentor who can provide advice and support related to fellows’ specific career interests and aspirations
  • Peer networking with the fellowship cohort, as well as with more-experienced trans professionals in the field
  • $2,000 in supplemental professional development funds

There is no cost to apply.

Click here for more information on the 2019-2020 GUTC Leaders Fellowship

Remember TGKVF is a source of matching funds for Power grants. Please reach out the Stephanie Hyre, senior program officer, at 304.346.3620 or shyre@tgkvf.org if you are developing a project.
Funding Opportunity

The Effing Foundation for Sex-Positivity’s (http://effing.org) mission is to support sex-positivity, particularly art and/or education that addresses sex directly.

They’re trying to fund projects around sex that no other org will fund, particularly focusing on funding people with (multiple) marginalized identities.

In their first two years, they’ve made over $100k in grants to 14 groups and projects across the US (https://www.effing.org/grantees).

The first step in their process is an online survey that will be going live on May 1 on https://www.effing.org/grants ; they have lots of information available through our FAQ at https://www.effing.org/grants_faq .

If there's anyone in your community doing sex-positive activism, please pass this info along. If you have any other questions about their org or the grant program, you can contact 'Kit Stubbs' kstubbs@effing.org.

Opportunities In Central Appalachia
Making a difference, one by one.®
“Each business day, through our one by one® program, three worthy organizations each receive $500 worth of promotional products to make a difference – we delivered more than $450,000 in grants last year alone! The organizations use promo items to raise awareness, recruit volunteers, thank donors, or offer comfort to those in need.
Their stories are truly inspiring.”
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Rural Action’s community development approach is the result of decades of careful work to increase local control over the region’s rich assets and to give power to the people who are committed to this place, whether for generations or new arrivals. Appalachian Ohio is still recovering from the effects of extractive industries, especially coal mining, which declined by the mid-twentieth century. Such industries, including timber and vertical oil and well drilling – and their decline – resulted in widespread environmental degradation, unemployment, population loss, and weak economies that persist to this day. A new wave of extraction in the form of hydraulic fracturing overlays new industrialization onto a pattern of disempowerment and disinvestment.

Please click the link below to learn about job opportunities.
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Appalachian Apprenticeship for Diverse Leaders

The Appalachian Apprenticeship for Diverse Leaders is a full-time, two-year program. It is designed to empower emerging, diverse Appalachian leaders to increase their professional skills, connections, and leadership capacities while supporting the operations of the Appalachia Funders Network.

The apprentice would work to provide backbone support to the Appalachia Funders Network through administration and coordination. Along with tangible skills, the focus on professional and personal development, learning, and reflection will afford the apprentice with the opportunity for personal growth.

Specifically, we encourage applicants representing a broad diversity of Appalachian people which includes, but is not limited to, people of color, women, LGBTQ people, immigrants, non-native English speakers, people with disabilities, formerly incarcerated individuals, folks of various religious beliefs, people of a broad age range, and non-traditionally educated individuals.

Compensation: $34,500 annual salary with generous benefits. Benefits include health insurance contribution, 10 paid holidays per year, and 2 weeks paid time off. Benefits also include a robust professional development package including trainings, workshops, conferences, mentorship, reflection, and reading.

Location: This position is based in Asheville, NC at the offices of Rural Support Partners and is supervised by the Appalachia Funders Network Coordinator.

Please see the full job posting on our website.

Highlander is looking for a new, full-time Cultural Organizer to carry education work that places art and culture at the center of the organizing strategies to shift and move policies and practices within marginalized communities in the South and Appalachia. Highlander's new Cultural Organizer will get the chance to build upon our long-standing cultural organizing programming, integrating cultural organizing practices into and across existing educational programs and organizational practices while identifying, connecting, convening, and supporting emerging cultural work across the US South. This position will also bring a deep knowledge of and respect for spirit- and faith-rooted practices and healing justice into our work. More information and ways to apply can be found here.

William T. Grant Foundation Seeks Applications for Inequality Research Grants

January 28, 2019

Deadline: May 1, 2019

In recent years, inequality in the United States has become increasingly pervasive. At the same time, prospects for social mobility have decreased. The William T. Grant Foundation, which seeks to improve the lives of youth between the ages 5 and 25, believes that the research community can play a critical role in reversing this trend.

To that end, the foundation is accepting applications for research projects designed to advance understanding in the area of inequalities in youth development and/or to increase understanding of how research is acquired, understood, and used, as well as the circumstances that shape its use in decision making.

Through its Research program, the foundation will award grants of up to $600,000 in support of research that focuses on ways to reduce disparities in youth’s academic, behavioral, social, and economic outcomes. Priority will be given to projects related to inequality on the basis of economic, racial/ethnic, and language backgrounds; research that explores other areas of inequality also will be considered based on a compelling case for its impact.

To be eligible, organizations must be considered tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

See the William T. Grant Foundation website for complete program guidelines, application instructions, and an FAQ.

Link to Complete RFP

MACED is developing a cohort of New Energy Interns from across eastern Kentucky, with a special focus on displaced coal industry workers and recent graduates from building or industrial technology programs. Some of these paid six-month internships are only available to candidates that are qualified by the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program (EKCEP). To find out if you qualify, be in touch with the contact person listed under the internship you’re interested in. EKCEP and their partner agencies serve clients that live in the service area outlined here: http://www.ekcep.org/about-us.
Internships may lead to permanent employment or entrepreneurial opportunities. Interns that are not offered employment upon completion of the program and are interested in starting their own business may be eligible for financing and technical assistance from MACED.
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Join the ABN Team

We're hiring an administrative assistant! Essential responsibilities include: providing administrative support to the ABN staff, utilizing excellent customer service skills while communicating with members and community partners, and administering customer relationship management software, QuickBooks, and Excel.

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