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Appalachian Community Fund Technical Assistance Grants

Appalachian Community Fund
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis

Appalachian Community Fund (ACF) Technical Assistance Grants are given to help with specific technical assistance needs of community-based organizations that address underlying causes of the economic and social distress of the region. By helping staff, board, and members hone their skills, ACF believes an organization's work will be stronger and more effective.

Technical Assistance grants are designed to build organizational capacity and to help train board members and/or staff in organization building skills such as but not limited to:

  • Leadership development
  • Fundraising and planned giving
  • Board responsibilities and roles
  • Long range planning
  • Financial management/planning
  • Legal issues (such as nonprofit incorporation)
  • Community organizing
  • Informing community and media about organization work
  • Training fees, materials, and travel

Organizations must have 501(c)3 status or a 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor in order to receive ACF funding. The organization or project must be in Appalachian counties of Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, or West Virginia.

In addition, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be community-led, community-driven, and community-based
  • Strive for change at a systemic level
  • Demonstrate an understanding of forms of oppression, especially racism
  • Have strong local community leadership representative of and accountable to the organization's constituency
Geographic coverage
Appalachian counties of Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia
Amount of funding

Award amounts are not specified.

Application process

Additional guidance and a link to the online application are available on the program website.

Tagged as
Appalachia · Community and economic development · Culture and cultural competency · Leadership · Planning and strategy methods and resources · Kentucky · Tennessee · Virginia · West Virginia

For complete information about funding programs, including your application status, please contact funders directly. Summaries are provided for your convenience only. RHIhub does not take part in application processes or monitor application status.