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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 and is monies organizations may use for general support as well as for programs and projects.


If your organization’s work is addressing the underlying causes of poverty and oppression in the region and is in the Appalachian counties of Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, or West Virginia we want you to apply. General Fund grants up to $5,000 will be awarded for projects or general operations.



Download General Fund Guidelines

Please take the time to read through the guidelines and instructions before writing your proposal to make sure you understand what the criteria are, the information that is being requested, and the formatting that is needed.

Download General Fund Application DOC or PDF.


If you were awarded a grant, you can download a word vesion of the final report form here or a pdf version here.

If the project is not completed, the report is still due, simply report on current activities and financial expenditures. Once the project is completed submit a final report detailing the expenditure of remaining funds.

These reports shall include both financial and program information. They shall include a narrative account of what was accomplished by the grant, including a description of progress made toward achieving the goals of the grant.

All required reports must be submitted before additional grants are given.

All completed reports should be sent to with subject line: ACF Final Report from Organization Name. Please cc Margo Miller

By mail:
Appalachian Community Fund
1405 E. Magnolia Avenue
Knoxville, Tennessee 37917

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


  • 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


These sections of our website may be helpful to you as you prepare your grant application:

  1. Grantmaking FAQs
  2. Definition of social change
  3. anti-racism FAQ

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