April 2019
Rest In Power Peter Slavin
Vietnam Veteran, Journalist, Land Preservationist 
Inside ACF
A Little Over a Week to Go
If your organization’s work is addressing the underlying causes of poverty and oppression in the region and is in the Appalachian counties of Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, or West Virginia we want you to apply. General Fund grants up to $5,000 will be awarded for projects or general operations.

Read our guidelines and instructions here.

Download an application in doc format or pdf format.

You can also go to our website for more information.

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.
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Southern Black Girls and Women's Consortium
Out in the South
Matching Grant
We are happy to announce that ACF received a matching grant from the Funders for LGBTQ Issues. All new and increased donations made to our LGBTQ Fund will be matched!

This is an excellent opportunity for us to increase our grantmaking to match the needs of our Central Appalachian LGBTQ community.

If you haven't done so already, please consider making a gift to our LGBTQ Fund.
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5K & 1 Mile Walk May 4th Saturday 8AM

The race is part of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month takes place in the United States every May. It celebrates the culture, traditions, and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders throughout United States.

Custom participation medals with be distributed at the finish line to all 5k finishers.

Post-Race Festivities: Japanese Rice balls, Miso soup, and fruit (bananas and oranges). We will also host a Japanese Mochi pounding event.

The proceeds from this race will go toward creating an educationally themed festival where we will be providing educational services to public schools in Knoxville and surrounding areas. We want to thank you so much for your support in our drive towards diversity awareness and bringing programs that benefit local education.

Save The Date! May 30-June 2, 2019

Rage, Hope, Community: Community Organizing in These Times

Our 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
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
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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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.
To Whom It May Concern: 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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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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Barn Quilt:
Compass Pattern
Saturday May 4th 11:00pm - 5:00pm

Join Catherine Schrenker and Tracy Thompson for a fun, easy afternoon learning how to lay out and paint a Barn Quilt of your own! Size of finished boards will be 2′ x 2′ (that’s bigger than you think!) and all materials are provided.

Cost of the class is $65.00. We will provide the primed board, the pattern, which is different every workshop… and everything else (paint and supplies). We suggest you bring something to drink AND a snack to share.

Click here for a template pattern to color with various color patterns: Quilt Template. This workshop is ALWAYS FUN!!!! CLICK HERE TO RSVP

What are YOU interested in? Let us know!

Call or email with any questions or comments

Catherine Schrenker 276-706-4010 cpoole@marionva.org



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

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.
Opportunities In Central Appalachia

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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