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The Appalachian Community Fund is Accepting Grant Applications for Grassroot Social Change and Social Justice Work in Central Appalachia!

PROPOSAL DEADLINE: April 12, 2018 at 5:00 PM EDT
Download guidelines and an application.

General Fund grants up to $3,000 will be awarded to grassroots organizations in the Appalachian counties of KY, TN, VA, and WV that are addressing the underlying causes of poverty and oppression in the region. The grant is to be used within one calendar year of receipt. A report on how grant funds were used is required at the end of that year. Read More


The LGBTQ Fund was established in 2006 to develop resources and make grants to LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Questioning) organizing efforts in Appalachia’s communities. In addition to the founding donor gift, the Initiative is supported by a grant from the Colin Higgins Foundation, and contributions from individual donors.

The Fund is for organizational development and building Lesbian and Gay community institutional resources, as well as building capacity in LGBTQ efforts. ACF seeks new and emerging efforts, particularly among work with LGBTQ youth, and networking and connecting with other LGBTQ work in Central Appalachia…Read More

Download LGBTQ Fund Application Instructions Download
LGBTQ Fund Application. Word document or PDF
Download the LGBTQ Fund Final Report form. Word document or PDF


The Technical Assistance Program is designed to help build strong organizations. These are small grants for specific technical assistance needs identified by the organization. By helping staff , board, and members hone their skills, ACF believes an organization’s work will be more stronger and more effective. Grants are designed to build organizational capacity and to help train board and/or staff in organization building skills…Read More

Download a copy of the Technical Assistance Instructions


The Power and Powerlessness Fund is established by John Gaventa, and funded from the royalties of his prize-winning book, Power and Powerlessness: Quiescence and Rebellion, published by the University of Illinois Press in 1982. During the work on the PhD, John spent a great deal of time in the Appalachian coal communities about which the book was written, particularly the four counties of Campbell and Claiborne in Tennessee, and Bell and Whitley in Kentucky.

This fund was created as a modest way to attempt to thank these communities and organizations for all of the lessons they taught, the hospitality they gave, and the courage which they exhibit in challenging the issues of power and powerlessness in the region…Read More


For assistance and further information on any of these programs, please contact ACF at 865-523-5783 or