December 2018
Inside ACF
Become a Partner in Creating Social Change
We hope you will include ACF in your giving plan  this year by making as generous of a gift as possible by December 31, 2018 or by donating now.

Thank you for your continued commitment to making a difference in the region. We are looking forward to the new year, inspired by you and our grantees for all you do to continue to foster the spirit of Change, not Charity in Central Appalachia on this wonderful Journey to Justice.

Happy Holidays and Happy 2010!
Peace, love, and justice!

Margo Miller
Executive Director
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Southern Black Girls and Women's Consortium
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

#SouthernBlackGirls #FundBlackGirls #SouthernBlackGirlsConsortium.
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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.

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

We are excited to announce the dates for our 87th Homecoming celebration that will be held in New Market, TN Sept. 20-22, 2019! Mark your calendars now so you can join us in another exciting and fulfilling weekend of sharing stories and strategies, dancing, singing, and breaking bread together as we lift up the important work happening in our region.

We are still feeling the joy from this year's amazing Homecoming weekend in honor of our 86th year supporting and accompanying movement in the U.S. South. Thanks to the hundreds of comrades and movement family who joined us and helped make it happen, and thanks to Tenflo Media, you can relive the highlights with this video
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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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!


"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


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.
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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West Virginia

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.

Opportunities In Central Appalachia
The 2019 South+Appalachia Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit seeks proposals for breakout sessions at the April 16-18, 2019 summit in Columbia, SC. Produced by the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking, ArtPlace America, and South Arts, this summit promises to be the premier convening for the field of creative placemaking in the Southeast and Appalachian regions. We invite all community members, artists, local officials, practitioners, and more from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. 

This year’s theme focuses on “Building Bridges.” As our communities become more diverse, they may also become more divided. Creative placemaking provides ways to build bridges across these differences in hopes of more inclusive, connected, and resilient places. Join us as we explore how arts and cultural programming can bring people closer together with themes such as Collaboration, Connection, Resiliency, and Home. 

Applications and more information can be found at cpcommunities.org/submit. All submissions are due Jan 9, 2019 at 11:59pm EST (extended deadline).

Please contact Thomas Young, Creative Director of NCCP, at thomas@cpcommunities.org for any more questions regarding the application process. 

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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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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