February 2019
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Southern Black Girls and Women's Consortium
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Article in Philanthropy Women
ACF is honored and excited to be a part of this consortium with Truth Speaks: LaTosha Brown, Fund for Southern Communities: Alice Eason Jenkins, Black Belt Community Foundation: Felecia L. Lucky

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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.

Funders for LGBTQ Issues Announces New Strategic Plan and New Structure

(February 7, 2019 - New York, NY) Funders for LGBTQ Issues today released a new strategic plan and unveiled a new organizational structure. Propelling Philanthropic Change for LGBTQ Communities: Funders for LGBTQ Issues 2019-2021 Strategic Plan, outlines three primary strategies – and one internal one – that seek to transform the culture of philanthropy by advancing change at the three levels: the sector-wide level, the institutional level, and the individual level. The strategic plan notes that Funders for LGBTQ Issues will seek to:

  1. Transform the philanthropic sector to better understand, support, and improve the lives of diverse LGBTQ communities and movements;
  2. Catalyze institutional change within individual foundations to advance internal policies and practices, as well as grantmaking strategies, to more effectively support LGBTQ communities and advance social justice;
  3. Empower LGBTQ leadership in philanthropy by cultivating a village of LGBTQ-identifying people and allies as champions of LGBTQ inclusion, and racial, gender, and economic justice; and
  4. Aspire to the highest standards of a philanthropic network by effectively communicating our work, building a sustainable and healthy organization, and living our values of LGBTQ, racial, economic, and gender justice.
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And the 2019 Funding Forward Plenaries Are ...

There are only nine weeks until Funding Forward 2019 in Tucson, Arizona ... will you be there?

After receiving a record-breaking number of exciting proposals, our stellar planning committee has assembled one of the strongest line-ups of programming yet.

This year's gathering for grantmakers committed to LGBTQ issues promises to delve into some of the most pressing challenges facing LGBTQ communities. It will also highlight an impressive array of diverse leaders and organizations working to improve the wellbeing of LGBTQ people everywhere. Our #FF2019 plenaries will cover:

  • The rich diversity and awesome assets of LGBTQ communities in the Southwest;
  • The intersections of immigrant & LGBTQ rights, and how to support the queer and trans activists of color on the front lines;
  • The harmful, pseudoscientific practice of conversion therapy, and how to end it;
  • The various ways funders have successfully engaged in authentic participatory grantmaking; and
  • The ways funders can show up for sex worker rights.

Be sure to register by January 31st to take full advantage of early-bird rates. More details about Funding Forward 2019 -- including the full program of exciting workshops and sessions -- will be announced soon!

Early bird registration rates end January 31st.

NOTE: We still have a variety of Funding Forward sponsorship levels available (including program ads). If you are interested in joining us as a sponsor, please contact Kristina Wertz at kristina@lgbtfunders.org.

We hope to see you in Tucson!

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Contact: jrussoma@utk.edu, 865-305-6378

Come hang out, listen to good music, and celebrate Appalachian Love Week with us at the Boone youth Drop-In Center in Whitesburg, KY.
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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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.
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!

Applicants can learn more about the program and apply here.

Black History Month: Special Edition

The Happenings
Schedule of Events

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The Institute of Museum and Library Services is offering a grant for small libraries as part of their National Leadership Grants for Libraries program.
The goal of the Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries initiative is to support projects that strengthen the ability of small and rural libraries and archives to serve their communities.
IMLS invites applications that focus on the following topics:
Transforming school library practice
Community memory
Digital inclusion
Grants are available in the amount of $10,000 – $50,000.
To find out more about the grant opportunity visit the Institute of Museum and Library Services website.

Funds to Address Greenhouse Gases and Stream Restoration in Appalachia
Appalachian Stewardship Foundation

The Appalachian Stewardship Foundation seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to protect freshwater streams and tributaries against the effects of pollution from energy development and use, with emphasis on efforts benefiting Virginia and West Virginia. The Foundation’s grant program provides support to nonprofit organizations that address one of the following two issues: The Greenhouse Gas Reduction category has a focus on the reduction, sequestration, offset, mitigation, and storage of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions. The Stream and Fishery Restoration category has a focus on the mitigation of damage or pollution to streams and fresh water tributaries. The submittal deadlines for Expressions of Interest are February 1 and July 1, annually. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the grant policy and application process.

Jazz & Friends Community Book Event and CDJ Library Open House
Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 6 PM – 7 PM
Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church
2931 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, Tennessee 37919

The application is now available for the Central Appalachian Prison Justice Movement Assembly that will be happening at the Highlander Center March 29-30! English language applications are available here, and Spanish language applications are here.

The Assembly will be a People's Movement Assembly with organizations, groups, and organizers that are working to shift Central Appalachia to end mass incarceration. The Assembly will be a democratic and collective space for critical thinking and analysis, all towards a regional strategy and plan of action to end mass incarceration.

While space is limited, we encourage folks and/or organizations working for prison justice (abolition, reform, juvenile justice, anti-ICE work, resisting/protesting detention centers, advocacy for prisoners/families, etc) in East TN, West NC, West Virginia, Southern Ohio, Southwest VA, and East KY to apply.

Annual Conference Keynote Speakers Preview

We're excited to announce a few of our 2019 Annual Conference speakers. Join us April 14-16 for an amazing weekend of training and community building. If you haven't already registered, click here to get Early Bird Registration rates. Hurry, Early Bird Registration Ends February 22! ​​​​​​​
You're invited!
Join us in partnering with the Women's Political Collaborative of Tennessee and other women’s groups to discuss the issues facing women across the state.  



Featuring: Amy Smotherman Burgess, Public Relations and Media Manager, Zoo Knoxville

Leveraging her years of experience as a multimedia journalist, Amy Smotherman Burgess, Zoo Knoxville’s Public Relations and Media Manager, has brought the zoo’s stories to life on social media, engaging the community and the world.

In this fascinating program, you’ll get a unique look at zoo life as Amy covers a variety of important topics that all storytellers need to know.

Click here to register.


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.

Join the Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence on
April 14-16, 2019 at our
17th Annual Conference at the
Franklin Marriot Cool Springs in Franklin, TN.
More information coming soon at www.tncoalition.org

We hope to see you there!


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!
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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"Changing the Course of Health in Tennessee:

New Strategies for Access to Affordable Health Care for ALL Tennessee"

I hope you'll join us for this year for Tennessee Health Care Campaign's annual conference.

Wendell Potter, author of Deadly Spin, founder of Tarbell.org, and Affordable Care Act expert is our keynote speaker. We also have a great line up of panel speakers to talk on issues of Medicaid, Rural Hospitals, Work Requirements, and more.

Please register soon via our registration page or call Susan Veale at 615-227-7500.


Clare Sullivan

P.S. My son did the graphic for the conference - I hope you like it! (Click for flyer)

Tennessee Health Care Campaign

1321 Murfreesboro Pike, Ste. 311, Nashville, TN 37217


Our new after school program: Junior Appalachian Artisans will resume in March, and will expand to include Northwood Middle School, and Chilhowie Middle School Students. We will be working with Mountain Lynx and will let everyone know what days we will offer classes.

Our Junior Appalachian Artisans will focus on helping students discover their proud heritage through craft by participating in projects involving Lutherie, Letterpress, pottery, quilting, and more! If you are interested in having your middle school student be part of this project, please contact Catherine to be put on our contact list.


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

Seeds of Fire (SOF) is a year-long program at Highlander that brings together Southern and Appalachian youth-led and youth centered groups and individuals organizing for social justice and change. SOF focuses on the importance of having youth co-train and co-educate their communities and each other, because youth have the power to catalyze systemic change across the board.

One of the ways in which SOF works to create spaces for young people to be at the forefront of the work towards systemic change is by offering Spring to Summer internship opportunities, and applications are now being accepted for both an East Tennessee Organizer and a Popular Education Organizer in the internship program.

Both roles will join Highlander's Education Team from March to October 2019, allowing for two Southern and Appalachian youth to gain paid organizing experience and be at the leadership table of organizing and political work, while also providing opportunities to expand on skills and to bring their expertise to Highlander and their surrounding communities.

Applications are due by February 28 - for more information contact Natalie Casal Alcaino at natalie@highlandercenter.org / 865-437-6514. 

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.

The Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHEJ) has a Small Grants Program for grassroots groups working on environmental health and justice issues. Deadline for proposals is January 25, 2019. Grassroots communities of color, low wealth, rural and urban groups are encouraged to apply. This grant program will support projects that help groups move toward their goals by building leadership, increasing capacity and/or providing training and education. A priority of CHEJ’s Small Grants Program is to help grassroots community groups to build their capacity. The program is designed to especially reach people from low wealth communities and communities of color who are impacted by environmental harms.

Please read carefully these guidelines and areas of interest before you apply. 

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We need you to attend this crucial hearing!

In January, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality is holding public meetings to help decide the final cleanup plan for six coal ash sites.

Duke Energy’s plan is to simply cap the ash in place and run away. Don’t let Duke “Cap and Run” from cleaning up its ashy mess.

The communities around these six sites have suffered for years from exposure to the toxic heavy metals found in coal ash. Tell DEQ it must require Duke to fully excavate the coal ash at these sites, ending this toxic nightmare once and for all.

This hearing is a really big deal. Please attend and stand with us if you can.
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As pre-announced in November, Arcus today publishes a Request for Concepts (RFC), an open-call to our Social Justice grantmaking focused on the Southern United States, East and Southern Africa, the Caribbean, Central America, and Mexico. This RFC is foundational to the ambitious strategic goals that Arcus has established for the next decade. We also believe it will deliver a more consistent and accessible application process for the potentially large number of Social Justice applicants and improve the transparency of grantmaking decisions.

Potential applicants can follow the link below to learn more about the RFC and the work that we seek to fund. In an initial step toward improving accessibility for those whom language may be a barrier to applying, you will also find a Spanish version of the RFC.

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