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The GLBTQ Initiative (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning Initiative) was established in 2006 by a gift from a Tennessee donor to develop and strengthen resources for GLBTQ organizing efforts in Central Appalachian communities. This Initiative is designed to support GLBTQ organizational building, strengthening Gay and Lesbian Community institutional resources, and capacity building for GLBTQ organizing efforts.

ACF also seeks applications from new and emerging organizations, work with GLBTQ youth, and networking efforts to connect GLBTQ work throughout Central Appalachia.

To Apply

Applications must meet ACF's basic criteria for social change and must be community led. Successful proposals must also show an understanding and some analysis of oppression issues, particularly around race.

Application may be made by a letter that is no more than 4 pages, plus a cover sheet, budget, list of board or leadership group, and a letter regarding the applicant organization's 501(c)(3) status. The application may be mailed, faxed, or emailed.

The letter should include:

  • Amount Requested
  • Need being addressed
  • How this addresses building organizations, capacity and community resources for GLBTQ organizing
  • How the organization meets ACF's General Fund social change guidelines
  • The project budget, list of board or leadership group, a letter regarding the organization's 501(c)(3) status and cover sheet may be attached

>>Download GLBTQ grant guidelines and application cover sheet.

General Eligibility

  • 501(c)(3) tax exempt status or 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsorship is not required in order to receive ACF funding through the GLBTQ Initiative. However, if you do not have non-profit status, it would be helpful if you would call and talk with us about it and your intent to apply.
  • The organization or project must be in Appalachian counties of Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, or West Virginia. If the applicant organization is based outside the region, the proposal must include a specific work plan for the Appalachian portion of the work.
  • The organization or project must show evidence of working for social change through one or more of the following:
    1. Organizing and action led by people working to control their own lives.
    2. Educating communities about the root causes of oppression and injustice.
    3. Eliminating barriers to full participation in society (i e. racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, ageism, able-ism, and exclusion from decision-making processes).
    4. Focusing on efforts to change cultural, social, political, and economic systems and institutions that accommodate and perpetuate social injustice.
    5. Creating and modeling democratic cultural, social, political and economic systems.
    6. Connecting local issues with national and global concerns.
    7. Networking, collaborating, and cooperating with other change agents working toward similar goals.

ACF Does Not Fund:

  • Profit-making organizations
  • Electoral lobbying for initiatives or public office
  • Individual efforts
  • Major capital projects
  • Social services organizations unless they demonstrate some analysis and strategies to challenge the systems that lead to the problem

Grant Amount

Organizations may apply for up to $2,000. Grant awards must be used within one calendar year. A report on how grant funds were used is required at the end of the funded year.

As ACF is continuing to grow and add resources to the GLBTQ Initiative Fund, we will only be making 2 or 3 grants per year.


Proposals are accepted anytime.  Each request will be considered on an individual basis. Proposals are reviewed by a panel. Please allow two months to process. We will acknowledge receipt of your proposal.


As you prepare your application, we encourage you to review the following:


If you have additional questions or need more information, please contact Margo Miller at 865-523-5783 or