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Now Accepting Applications

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


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


ACF Received a 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.

We will temporarily pause grantmaking to grow the fund and are not taking applications.

If you haven’t done so already, please consider making a gift to our LGBTQ Fund.


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. 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.


All funds granted for 2019-20. Please check site frequently for update. 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.

Download a copy of the Technical Assistance Instructions.

Download a copy of the Application as a DOCX or PDF.

Download the Final Report Form as a DOCX or PDF.


We are not accepting proposals at this time. Please check back later.

The Power and Powerlessness Fund was founded 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 the lessons they taught, the hospitality they gave, and the courage which they exhibited 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