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The Appalachian Community Fund (ACF) is happy to announce we are launching a special grantmaking campaign in celebration of our 30th Anniversary.

$30K for 30 years of Change, not CharityTM  in Central Appalachia!

These will all be relatively small grants of $500 – $1,000 with a focus on technical assistance and capacity building.

Applications are due April 25th.

Decisions will be made early-mid June.

Read our guidelines and instructions here.

Download an application in doc format or pdf format.


Currently, ACF is not accepting General Fund applications. ACF is undergoing a strategic revisioning process in preparation for our 30th Anniversary in 2017. Please check this site at that time for updated information. Thank you for your interest.

The Appalachian Community Fund (ACF) makes grants on a yearly basis from the General Fund Program which is supported by a combination of unrestricted funds and monies from the Alexander Fund of the New York Community Trust. ACF’s General Fund is an annual board-directed program focusing on organizing for social change and is monies organizations may use for general support as well as for programs and projects…Read More


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


The LGBTQ Initiative was established in 2006 by a Tennessee donor in order 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 Initiative 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 Initiative Application Instructions Download
LGBTQ Initiative Application. Word document or PDF
Download the LGBTQ Initiative Final Report form. Word document or PDF


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