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Grants to USA Nonprofits in Multiple States
for Community-Based Social Change Initiatives

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Appalachian Community Fund (ACF)

Deadline Date:

04/30/21 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $3,000 to Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia nonprofit organizations for community-based social change initiatives in eligible areas. Funding is intended to support organizational operations. Eligible applicants are those serving communities in Central Appalachia.

ACF makes grants on a yearly basis to grassroots organizations working to tackle the underlying causes of poverty and oppression in the Appalachian counties of Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The Foundation looks to fund organizations that have developed a realistic plan for creating social change and prioritize work that utilizes organizing and education as strategies to achieve this end. The Foundation invites projects that are startup in nature.

The Foundation funds organizations working to:

  • End racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, ageism, and ableism
  • Promote non-violent communities
  • Build organizations that are fair, inclusive, and democratic

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 126411

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants up to $3,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

ACF provides grants to community-based organizations working for social, economic, racial, and environmental justice in Central Appalachia. Organizations wishing to apply must:
• Work in the Appalachian counties of Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, and/or West Virginia. For organizations based outside the region, the proposal must include a specific work plan for the Appalachian portion of the work
• Have their 501(c)(3) tax exempt status or a fiscal sponsor that is a 501(c)(3) organization
• Be community-led, community-driven, and community-based
• Strive for change at a systemic level, instead of or in addition to one person at a time
• Demonstrate an understanding of forms of oppression, especially racism
• Have strong local community leadership representative of and accountable to the organization’s constituency

Preference will be given to organizations with budgets of $250,000 or less.

The Foundation 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 intended to challenge the systems that lead to the problem)

Pre-Application Information:

- Please send your information by April 30, 2021. This is not a postmark date: applications for this grant must be in the ACF office by 5:00 pm on the day of the deadline.
- The board will be making decisions the first two weeks of June.
- Grant awards will go out before the end of June.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Please send your information to

For questions or more information, please contact 865-523-5783 or the email address above.

Appalachian Community Fund
1405 E Magnolia Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37917

Grant Coverage Areas:

Organizations must conduct work in Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, or West Virginia in a county designated by the Appalachian Regional Commission’s map:

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Kentucky;   Tennessee;   Virginia;   West Virginia

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