eAppalActions
November 2014
Inside Appalachian Community Fund

As an e-newsletter reader, you get news from ACF before everyone else!

 

Next week, we will launch our year-end appeal next week. We have a little more than $70,000 left to raise in order to reach our goal. You will receive an email describing the campaign in a few days.

 

One feature our new website is our regional calendar. If there is an event, meeting, rally or action day you would like to others to know about, please share the information so we can include it on the calendar.

 

Also, all grantees, please share your pictures and videos with us as well. We'd really like to show off the wonderful work you are all doing around the region.

 



 

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,

Margo
Executive Director 
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Funding Opportunities
The HCA Foundation
Grant Application Procedure 
The mission of The HCA Foundation is to promote health and well being, support childhood and youth development and foster the arts in Middle Tennessee. Focus areas for grantmaking include: Health and well being: HCA's highest priority is serving as a leading foundation for organizations that promote health and well being. Programs that promote basic health and human needs such as healthcare, housing and food, as well as higher levels of mental and physical wellness can be supported through HCA grants.

Childhood and Youth Development: HCA's second priority is supporting organizations engaged in promoting positive growth and development in children and youth. They award grants intended to promote success in school, character development, responsibility, service and leadership. 

Arts: Finally, the HCA Foundation will support arts organizations engaged in community outreach and educational programs that uniquely serve children and adults in the community. New applicants are asked to complete a preliminary one- to two-page letter of inquiry to the Foundation at Corp.FoundationsGifts@HCAHealthcare.com to ensure that the proposed project, organization, and goals align with HCA Foundation priorities. Please describe the proposed project, its goals and objectives, and the approximate level of funding required. To be considered for a grant, please allow sufficient time (approximately two weeks) for Foundation staff to review and follow up with the applicant organization. Read complete guidelines here.
 
Grassroots Environmental Campaign Funding Opportunity 
Patagonia
Patagonia funds only environmental work. Patagonia is most interested in making grants to organizations that identify and work on the root causes of problems and that approach issues with a commitment to long-term change. Because Patagonia believes that the most direct path to real change is through building grassroots momentum, their funding focuses on organizations that create a strong base of citizen support. Patagonia supports small, grassroots, activist organizations with provocative direct-action agendas, working on multi-pronged campaigns to preserve and protect our environment. To find out if your work fits within Patagonia's guidelines, take the eligibility quiz. If you qualify, you may proceed to the grant application form here. To read full grant description and guidelines click here.
LGBTQ News


The Top Ten Corporate Funders of LGBTQ Issues
Author: Lyle Matthew Kan
Corporate funders have increased their investment in LGBTQ issues by more than fifteen fold in the last decade. Going from approximately $575,000 in 2003 to $8.7 million in 2012, corporate foundation support for LGBTQ issues has grown exponentially. Even though corporate funding constitutes a small portion of LGBTQ funding overall, at roughly 7 percent in 2012, it is growing at the fastest clip. Click here to see the full list!



Judge Officially Ends West Virginia's Same-Sex Marriage Ban
By Kate White

A federal judge on Friday declared West Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, weeks after state officials began issuing licenses to gay and lesbian couples. "The right to marry is a fundamental right, giving every individual the opportunity to exercise choice in this important relationship. As such, the government must not interfere in that choice unless it demonstrates compelling state interests and carefully tailors its restrictions to protect those interests," U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers wrote in a 21-page order. "While some may continue to hold a religious or moral objection to same-sex marriage, governmental restrictions on individual rights must be justified by more than simply strongly, or even widely, held opinions or traditions. Use of government power to prohibit the exercise of the right to marry fails to meet this test," Chambers wrote. The judge wrote that he was provided "a clear blueprint" after the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage. In addition to Virginia, the 4th Circuit also includes West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Click here to read full report and view the West Virginia Gay Marriage Ruling document.



Funding Forward 2015  
Call for Proposals
The Funding Forward planning committee is excited to announce that they are now accepting session proposals! They've got an engaged group of sharp funders ready to plan a productive and fun few days in Atlanta. But in order to create the best possible Funding Forward, they need your participation. This is your opportunity to share your ideas and work with the planning committee to craft a session that helps funders connect with each other and maximize impact. The submission process is designed to be simple. They don't need your ideas to be fully baked. They'll help you bake them! Details and instructions for submitting a proposal are available here. Feel free to contact Kristina Wertz, Director of Engagement, at kristina@lgbtfunders.orgif you have any questions or want to talk out your session proposal. They're looking forward to hearing your ideas!
Kentucky
Health Impact Assessment of the Shawnee Fossil Plant 
Kentucky Environmental Foundation 
The Kentucky Environmental Foundation (KEF) is proud to release their Health Impact Assessment (HIA) of the Shawnee Fossil Plant- a project two years in the making. The HIA works to identify health concerns and provide recommendations within retrofit and retirement scenarios of an aging coal plant. The report is timely in that many communities are facing similar challenges in a rapidly shifting energy economy. Please spread the word and share the report with appropriate circles. A link to the document as well as other information including the press release can be accessed here.  
Tennessee

Gerardo's Story 
Children at the Border 
Thousands of children-primarily from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras-have endured a long and dangerous journey this year to the U.S. as they seek refuge from horrific violence in their home countries. Gerardo is one of those children. As he details in this Tennessean article, Gerardo's journey began in Honduras, which has the highest murder rate in the world. Over the first five months of 2014, an average of 90 children were killed monthly; in May, the month before Gerardo left, the number had risen to 102. Seeking safety, security and opportunity, Gerardo fled these conditions and took the dangerous journey to be reunited with his aunt and longtime TIRRC member Dania. TIRRC are inspired by Gerardo's courage and resiliency, and grateful for the support he has received from Dania and the community. When Gerardo and unaccompanied children like him arrive in our country, they are placed into deportation proceedings. When they appear in court without a lawyer, nine out of 10 are deported; with a lawyer, the rate drops to one in five. According to the (Memphis) Commercial Appeal, more than 60 percent of children who were to appear in the Memphis immigration court in October did not have a lawyer. Every child deserves a chance to tell their story and ask for protection in this country. As a community, we must work together to ensure representation for these children so they have a fair chance on their day in court. Outside of the immigration court proceedings, nonimmigration attorneys are also needed across the state to help obtain orders of guardianship in probate court. This is a critical step before many of these children can proceed with applications for immigration relief. To sign up to volunteer as a pro bono attorney, click here.

 

The Mildred Haun Conference: A Celebration of Appalachian Literature, Scholarship, and Culture

Call for Papers 
The 2015 Mildred Haun Conference will be February 6-7 with general theme of "The Changing Demographics of Appalachia." Pamela Duncan will be the keynote speaker this year, and there will be writers' workshops and programs in addition to the scholarly presentations. Please consider submitting a proposal, and certainly plan to come if you can. Stay tuned for more information as it develops. The entire conference is free. Read more here.
Virginia
Lynchburg Grows Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
Winter 2014 Sign-Up
Lynchburg Grows will produce and find locally grown food and value-added artisan foods from October 15, 2014 to April 29, 2015. Each week on Wednesdays from 11 am - 6 pm, you and your family will be able to pick up your share. This basket of produce is called a half-share, and is basically the CSA members 'share' in our farm. Our half-share is $15 per week serves 1-2 people. This CSA program is a month to month commitment; payments are due on the second Wednesday of each month. Lynchburg Grows Winter CSA 2014-15 sign-up!



West Virginia
The Place You Love
The Place You Love
From In the Hills and Hollows
Keely Kernan's latest short film features OVEC member Donna Branham from Mingo County, WV. The film explores the generational impacts that mountaintop removal coal mining has had on Donna and her family. This film is the latest in Keely's ongoing series of films,"In the Hills and Hollows." OVEC and the Civil Society Institute are providing funding to support the production of this series which examines both mountaintop removal and deep-shale fracking-related problems here in West Virginia. 

Our Children, Our Future Symposium The Campaign to end Child Poverty
Help End Child Poverty in West Virginia
Join the Our Children, Our Future Campaign on November 20 from 10- 3:30 at Christ Church United Methodist (1221 Quarrier St) in Charleston. This is the meeting where the Campaign chooses the 10 issues it will focus on for the coming year! Come be part of the decision-making and part of the growing Campaign to end child poverty in West Virginia. No RSVP required. Contact Lisa Wotring for more information. 

Keynote Speaker Dr. Gail Christopher
Keynote Speaker Dr. Gail Christopher

Job Opportunities in Central Appalachia
The Alliance for Appalachia

The Alliance for Appalachia Coordinator

The Alliance for Appalachia is a regional alliance with the goals of ending mountaintop removal coal mining, putting a halt to destructive coal technologies and supporting a just and sustainable transition in Appalachia. The Alliance for Appalachia began in 2006 and consists of 15 organizations across four states, as well as regional organizations and allied groups.

The Alliance for Appalachia is governed by a Steering Committee made up of one representative and an alternate from each of the member organizations. They have Coordinating Committee and Work Teams on federal strategy, economic transition, Appalachian citizens' water quality enforcement, as well as other ad-hoc teams working on special projects. The position begins part-time / 20 hours a week and will transition to full-time / 40 hours a week as soon as funding allows. The Coordinator reports to the Steering Committee of The Alliance for Appalachia, with direct oversight by the Coordinating Committee. During the first five months of the position, the Coordinator will receive coaching from our current Coordinator. The Coordinator works in conjunction with The Alliance for Appalachia member groups' staff and volunteers to plan, organize and coordinate the operations/administrative activities of The Alliance for Appalachia in carrying out campaigns and projects in the region and federally. The Coordinator participates in the development of strategies and priorities and implements strategy as crafted and finalized by the Steering Committee. To be clear, this not an Executive Director position, but a Coordinator position where staff works to facilitate the development and exaction of work as created by The Alliance for Appalachia leadership. Read full description here.


 

Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship for Southern Appalachian and Place-Based Studies
Sewanee: The University of the South in Tennessee 

The Collaborative for Southern Appalachian and Place-Based Studies at Sewanee: The University of the South invites applications for a two-year Mellon post-doctoral fellowship with flexible start date between January - July 2015. We seek candidates with a strong commitment to both scholarship and teaching in area(s) that will contribute to the innovative, inter-institutional Collaborative. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the Collaborative, successful candidates might come from any of a number of fields spanning the humanities, social sciences, and sciences; particular area of expertise is less important than the inclination and potential to apply and contribute that expertise to a growing program in Southern Appalachian and Place-Based Studies and to broader institutional goals. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop independent research as well as collaborative projects with Sewanee and/or Yale faculty members, students, and community partners around one or more thematic areas central to the Collaborative. The candidate will also have the opportunity to refine teaching skills and contribute further to the Collaborative by leading three undergraduate courses per academic year around themes relevant the candidates area(s) of expertise in the context of Southern Appalachian and Place-Based Studies. Two foundational themes are of particular interest-(a) community-based participatory research and (b) communications research-on enduring social issues such as poverty, rural health, and rural communities and culture. The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in a field relevant to Southern Appalachian and Place-Based Studies, with the ability bring new ideas and approaches to the Collaborative and to contribute to other institutional programs a plus. Creative scholars with an interest in place-based pedagogies and a commitment to interdisciplinary, humanistic inquiry and social issues, particularly as they apply to Appalachia, place-based study, and/or rural contexts are especially encouraged to apply. In addition to a competitive salary, the fellowship includes funds to help support professional development and travel. Read more here.


Dogwood Alliance is Hiring
Finance and Operations Director
The director of finance and operations will define the process and implement the financial and operational infrastructure and systems needed to support substantial growth over the next five years. Director of finance and operations will continue to build and manage effective and streamlined administrative and financial systems, including financial, accounting, legal, information technology, human resources and physical infrastructure. Click here to read the job description and apply.

Program Director
The director of programs will be responsible for the operational success of Dogwood Alliance's programs, ensuring seamless team management, development, program delivery and quality control and evaluation. In this newly established role, the Director of Programs will manage a growing staff. The director of programs will be a key external face of Dogwood Alliance in the community. The program director oversees the coordination and administration of all aspects of ongoing programs, including planning, organizing, staffing, leading and controlling program activities. Click here to read the job description and apply.

University of Kentucky
Professor of Appalachian History
The history department at the University of Kentucky invites applications for a tenure-stream assistant or associate professor in the history of Appalachia, beginning in fall 2015. Ph.D. required by August 2015. The successful candidate will also contribute to course offerings in US Southern History. We are seeking candidates with a strong commitment to engaged research and teaching in service of the region and to participation in UK's interdisciplinary Appalachian Studies Program. This candidate is expected to engage students at all levels: introductory surveys, upper division undergraduate courses, and graduate seminars. Applicants should send a letter of application, a cv, a teaching statement, an article- or chapter-length writing sample, and three letters of reference to Interfolio. The search committee will accept electronic applications only. Click here to access the link. Consideration of applications will begin on October 24, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled. The University of Kentucky is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity University that values diversity and is located in an increasingly diverse region. It is committed to becoming one of the top public institutions in the country. Women, persons with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

About Us
To get involved contact Margo Miller via email:margo@appalachiancommunityfund.org or by phone 865-523-5783.  Thank you for your continued support of ACF and Central Appalachia.  Here's to another 25 years of Change, Not Charity!

Mission Statement
The Appalachian Community Fund funds and encourages grassroots social change in Central Appalachia. ACF works to build a sustainable base of resources to support community-led organizations seeking to overcome and address issues of race, economic status, gender, sexual identity, and disability.  As a community-controlled fund, ACF offers leadership to expand and strengthen the movement for social change through its practices and policies.

Over 25 Years Working for Social Change
Since its founding in 1987, ACF has awarded over $6 million for community organizing and social justice work to more than 300 grassroots organizations in Central Appalachia.  Our motto - Change, Not Charity - reflects our vision to support social change organizing and our conviction that, by networking and partnering with organizations working to address the root causes of social, racial, economic and environmental problems facing Central Appalachia every day, we can create more just, equitable healthy communities with opportunities for every one.  ACF has had a significant impact in our region.  Please visit success stories and current grantees to find out more. 

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