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The Appalachian Community Fund (ACF) was founded in 1987 to bring new resources for grant funding to groups working for progressive social change in Central Appalachia (East Tennessee, Eastern Kentucky, Southwest Virginia and West Virginia), and to be a sustainable resource base for community organizing and social change work in this region. In our 20-year history, we have awarded over $5 Million to more than 300 organizations working for justice. We pool resources from many sources including individuals, businesses, and foundations in order to provide critical financial support needed to help low-income people organizing themselves to address systemic problems of poverty, racism, and social inequity in their own communities and neighborhoods.

We do this through:

  • Strategic grantmaking and technical assistance for community organizing efforts
  • Working with donors who are committed to social justice
  • Strengthening our region's capacity and leadership for social change

ACF's office is located in Knoxville, Tennessee. We are governed by a regional board of directors made up of community leaders and residents of the four-state area in which we fund. Grantees, donors, allies, and board members make up the ACF network and community which helps guide our work and our community-controlled grantmaking.