The Appalachian Community Fund (ACF) is a publicly supported, non-profit grantmaking organization that provides resources and support to grassroots organizations working to overcome the underlying causes of poverty and injustice in Central Appalachia (East Tennessee, Eastern Kentucky, Southwest Virginia and West Virginia). We pool resources from a range of sources including individuals, businesses, and foundations to support community-led efforts and movement for social change, to support the training and leadership development necessary to strengthen the work in our region, and to cultivate the conditions for lasting, long-term change to be possible.
ACF awards grants to community-based organizations working for social, economic, racial and environmental justice. We support communities with little or no access to other financial resources and grassroots groups which are often too small, too new, or working on issues that are too controversial for traditional funding sources. ACF also funds long-term strategic efforts to address the long-term problems of Central Appalachia.
The Appalachian Community Fund (ACF) is a publicly supported, non-profit grantmaking organization that provides resources and support to grassroots organizations working to overcome the underlying causes of poverty and injustice in Central Appalachia.
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.
On the journey to justice, our vision is to work for the day when Appalachia's land, air and water are saved from destruction and contamination; where the economy is stable, strong, and provides diverse employment opportunities for all people; where gover
The Appalachian Community Fund (ACF) funds and encourages grassroots social change in Central Appalachia. ACF works to build a sustainable base of resources to support community-led organizations seeking to overcome and address issues of race, economic st
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