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Below are examples of what our grantees are saying about the importance of ACF’s funding to their organizations:

J.R. Clifford Project, West Virginia
“The J.R. Clifford Project is about West Virginia’s first African-American lawyer. Our community reenactments tell how Clifford and a courageous black schoolteacher, Carrie Williams, fought the system and won a major civil rights victory in West Virginia’s Supreme Court. At the start of our project the Appalachian Community Fund provided key funding so we could involve hundreds of West Virginia schoolchildren and their families in programs to confront our legacy of racism and show how people have struggled to overcome discrimination. Funding for anti-racism and civil rights work is not widespread and ACF is a beacon in this area, for which our program is deeply grateful!”

Virginia Black Lung Association, Southwest Virginia
“The Virginia Black Lung Association (VBLA) is celebrating 19 years as a grassroots organization working to effect social change by changing unjust federal laws and regulations that impoverish disabled coal miners — our success and fortitude is largely due to the financial and moral support we have received from funding organizations like the Appalachian Community Fund. Our appreciation for the consistent funding from ACF is immeasurable and, could only be surpassed by our esteem and thankfulness to individuals and foundations that have given money to ACF.”

Williamsburg Action Team, Eastern Kentucky
“The Williamsburg Action Team (WAT) was founded in 2004 to represent the interests of residents of Williamsburg & Whitley County, Kentucky in downtown revitalization and economic development efforts. WAT is an all-volunteer group and, without the support of ACF, which helped us leverage another $60,000, our small group would not be in existence. We are striving to get the city and county governments to listen to what people want and use a truly democratic decision-making process. WAT leveraged ACF’s grant funds and received a grant for $60,000 for our Center. We are so thankful for the support and encouragement we’ve gotten from ACF to help keep our work for justice alive!”

Save Our Cumberland Mountains, East Tennessee
“For 35 years the members of Save Our Cumberland Mountains people in rural communities and small towns across Tennessee – have worked for justice. For the last 20 years ACF has been right there with SOCM in the heart of each struggle with their financial support. The first grants SOCM received from ACF were awarded in 1988 for work on toxic issues. ACF funding helped turn our work into victories we won then, and ACF’s funding continues to support our work today. We are deeply grateful for ACF grant support to help residents of Tennessee speak out to protect and affect change in their communities.”