Technical Assistance Grants Program

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The Appalachian Community Fund’s 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 stronger and more effective.

Grant Guidelines

To be eligible for a Technical Assistance grant, the purpose, structure and work of applicants must meet ACF’s General Fund guidelines. Technical Assistance grants are designed to build organizational capacity and to help train board and/or staff in organization building skills such as but not limited to:

  • Leadership development
  • Fundraising; planned giving;
  • Board responsibilities and roles
  • Long range planning
  • Financial management/planning
  • Legal issues, e.g., non-profit incorporation
  • Community organizing
  • Informing community/media about work
  • Trainer’s fees, materials, and travel

The maximum Technical Assistance grant is $800. The grant is to be used within one calendar year of receipt. A report on how grant funds were used is required at the end of that year.

To Apply

Download a copy of the Technical Assistance Instructions
Download a copy of the Technical Assistance Application. Word document or PDF
Download the Technical Assistance Final Report form. Word document or PDF

You may complete your application electronically in Microsoft Word or converted to a PDF. You may also print it and complete it by typewriter. When submitting your application electronically, please include “Technical Assistance Request” in the subject line.

We will acknowledge receipt of your application. Final reports from previous ACF grants must be submitted before any future grants are accepted and monies are released.

Proposals are reviewed and rated according to the criteria. You will receive notification via email or mail, depending on how you submitted your proposal, within 3 weeks.


Proposals are accepted anytime. Each request will be considered on an individual basis.

Please allow at least three weeks to process the request.

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


Please contact ACF by phone at 865.523.5783 or by email at