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educator, historian, writer, worker cooperative advocate

Director's Log: Star Date 94901.01

As much as I binge-watch Star Trek, I’m surprised I haven’t watched all of the episodes of Deep Space Nine by now. I’m only in season 5! I’m even more surprised that, episode after episode, the members of the space station never seem to lack an evening filled with new adventures.  

That’s the way it has felt around here at ACF as we enter our last quarter of the fiscal year. It’s been one amazing thing after another.
Not too long ago, board member, Darryl Cannady and I returned from the Appalachian Funders Network  8th Annual Gathering in Abingdon, Virginia. The theme this year was Transition and Equity: Appalachia’s Journey.  I participated on a panel lead by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy(NCRP). We discussed planning and executing equitable grantmaking and we talked about the initial finding from a report the NCRP is working on about how to increase the size and sustainability of funding to under-recognized, high-performing organizations in the region. I look forward to sharing that report with all of you once it is published.

ACF, the  Stay Project( lead by Kendall Bilbrey), and consultant, Robin Carton  just had our first Out in the South Gathering at the beginning of this month up at the Highlander Research and Education Center. There were about 30 folks who came, ate, sang and shared with us. We are so looking forward to the next event -- next Tuesday, April 25th at the Wytheville Community College School in Virginia. We’ve added a new Out and the South section to our enewsletter to keep you up-to-date and informed. We are also sharing photos and documents from the gatherings.

Please remember next Tuesday is also the deadline for applications for our $30K for 30 Years of Change, not Charitytm in Central Appalachia campaign. A link to the guidelines and application can be found below.

In preparation for a new fiscal year, we are looking for new board members! Are you a mover and shaker? Do you want to support grassroots organizing in Central Appalachia? Download and fill out your nomination form today! You can find that link in the Inside ACF section below.

Okay, I just got a little tired recapping the last few weeks. Time for a break! Oh no, it’s not break time.  It’s time to prepare for my next conference call. A director’s work is never done. I’m grateful to have the honor of serving y’all!

Live long and prosper my dear social justice collective.

Peace, love, and justice,

Margo Miller
Executive Director​

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Inside ACF
$30K for 30 Years of Change, not CharityTM in Central Appalachia!
The Appalachian Community Fund (ACF) is happy to announce we are launching a special grantmaking campaign in celebration of our 30th Anniversary. 

These will all be relatively small grants of $500 - $1,000 with a focus on technical assistance and capacity building.
Applications are due April 25th.
Decisions will be made early-mid June.
Read our guidelines and instructions here.
Download an application in doc format or pdf format.

You can also go to our website for more information.
ACF Accepting Board Nominations 
Are You a Mover and Shaker? Want to Support Grassroots Organizing in Central Appalachia?
ACF Wants You!  ACF is recruiting new board members for our current fiscal year. We are looking for people who are committed to social justice in the region and who would be willing and able to make at least a two-year commitment and ideally a three-year commitment. Download an application in Board Nomination Form.
Out in the South Central Appalachia
Photo slideshow from our East TN Gathering
Photos by Lou Murrey and Robin Carton
You're Invited 
Out in the South Initiative: Central Appalachia Gathering Series  
Join The STAY Project and Appalachian Community Fund for a series of gatherings bringing together the LGBTQIA+ Community in Central Appalachia. Together, we will create an inter-generational space to celebrate, connect, learn, and share our stories. 

The gatherings are designed to develop broader networks that will support and sustain LGBTQIA+ organizations and individuals in our region. To achieve this goal, gatherings will be held in East Tennessee, East Kentucky, Southwest Virginia, and West Virginia. In late June, a regional gathering will bring participants together to hear our findings and plan next steps. 

All gatherings are free and open to the public, including a catered meal (be sure to indicate dietary restrictions and other access needs when you register). Each gathering will last from 5:30pm-9pm

For those who cannot attend in person, we will also hold video conference calls following each state gathering. 

For specific questions, please feel free to contact our Project Director, Kendall Bilbrey, at 

We look forward to seeing you there!
Gathering details
Regional News
Liberation School Applications Opening Soon
Mission to Heal Movement Building Culture   
Liberation School is a 9 month program to nurture and sustain you as you step deeper into your healing and leading abilities. At Liberation School individuals are trained for a new era of changemaking without unhealthy cycles of burnout.

If you are a healer, a movement builder, an artist, a dreamer: 
Join exactly as you are right now for a 9-month holistic leadership school.

Previous Liberatory Leadership Project participants have described these experiences
and we know them to be widespread:

  • Out of place in current activists culture
  • Disconnected from how we are working for social and environmental change
  • Imposter syndrome, worried whether you’re equipped to make the change you seek
  • Overwhelmed by what you are called to do in the world
  • Frustrated by relationships and organizations that don’t “walk the talk”
  • Hungry for freedom, connection and celebration in your organizing, advocacy, educational or healing work
  • Humiliation from not being able to maintain a breakneck speed
  • A desire for healing from trauma and a better understanding of how trauma shows up in changemaking work
  • Surprise physical, emotional health symptoms after years in your field
Sign up to be the first to know when registration opens
AppFellows Regional Gathering
Benham, Kentucky on May 17-18, 2017
Highlander's Appalachian Transition Fellowship will be hosting a regional gathering in Benham, KY on May 17-18, 2017 for folks who building local economies across sectors throughout Appalachia. Come share and learn what's happening in your community and throughout the Appalachian region, connect across issue and geography, and to strategize with one another!
Register for the gathering
Brushy Fork Annual Institute details
Learn more information about the conference
A Safe, Sober And Inclusive Space For Youth In The Mountains 
Boone Youth Drop-In Center 
The Appalachian Media Institute (AMI) at Appalshop is proud to announce the opening of the Boone Youth Drop-in Center at the Boone Building in downtown Whitesburg, Kentucky. Since opening their doors in October they have hosted numerous workshops, screenings, meetings and events which have reached upwards of 50 youth in their small community. Recent offerings have included a free weekly photography course, painting parties, arts workshops with local artists, a weekly film club, and more! The drop-in center is open to youth aged 14-25 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays with additional hours during weekend workshops and events. To learn more about upcoming events or to get involved, please visit the AMI online calendar and follow them on Instagram and Facebook.
Visit AMI website
Community Organizing Workshop
June 1-4, 2017
Come join Highlander and people from across the country for a Community Organizing Workshop! Topics will include: outreach and base-building, analysis and strategy, campaigns and tactics, strengthening youth and intergenerational work; popular education in their organizing, and fundraising to support your group. 
Read more about the workshop
2017 Child Care & Development Conference
Calling all Presenters & Exhibitors!
Our Daily Bread of TN, Inc’s. 21st Annual Child Care & Development Conference located in the core of downtown Knoxville, TN, on August 26th, 2017. As food program specialists, they currently servicing over 12,500 children across the state of Tennessee. They strive to promote a taste for nutrition and healthful choices that will improve the lives of children and enhancing the future of the community. They expect to attract over 300 visitors gathering for one common goal: enriching the lives of the children in our community.
Conference details

Apply To Share Art/Organizing Work at ROOTS Weekend 
ROOTS Weekend-Richmond - April 20-23, 2017 - is the fifth of six regional gatherings that Alternate ROOTS is convening throughout the South from 2015-2017. Through the theme of Creating a World Without Prisons, and in partnership with ArtChangeUS, ART 180, and RIHD, they take a close, critical look at the U.S. prison industrial complex - the largest system of incarceration in the world. 

ROOTS Weekend-Richmond aims to lift up artist-activists who are working towards a world where prisons are a thing of the past. They are seeking programming around three programming arcs: Immigrant Detention, Adult Incarceration, and Juvenile Justice.

In putting this event together they want to hear from you! What are you working on that you would like to share? Who you would like to hear from? What would you like to see, to talk about? They invite proposals for performances, workshops, visual arts exhibitions, local excursions, and more. They also invite your programming ideas - whether you know of a local artist or activist we should reach out to or a method of community building that we might integrate into the weekend. 

If you have ideas or work to share, please fill out the Proposal Form by Monday, January 23, 2017 at 5pm EST. For questions, contact Wendy Shenefelt, Programs Manager at 404-577-1079 or

Thank you for your interest in this work - we look forward to hearing from you!
Learn more about ROOTS Weekend
West Virginia
What Now For Hubapalooza? With a Little Imagination, We Think Anything Is Possible
Join the Hubapalooza Advisory Team
Hubapalooza, the regular gathering of community development folks, needs a little shake up. So, in 2017, they’re taking Hubapalooza back into the garage. They’re going to get under the hood, break this machine down, and see what new and improved beast they can rebuild in its place. Want to help design Hubapalooza 2018? Then you’re just who they need on their Hubapalooza Advisory Team.
Interested read more

Exciting News from AQFF!
In addition to their regular full Festival programming in Lewisburg in the fall AQFF are hitting the road to communities around West  Virginia to share queer films they love while facilitating  much-needed community  conversations about everything from outsider culture and the  alt-right to  immigration policy as it affects queer people in rural areas in the  United  States. Join them for a screening of Discreet by  Travis Mathews and Bayard & Me by Matt Wolf with a panel discussion to follow on April 29th in Morgantown, West Virginia. You don't want to miss this one, folks! Two idea-packed, inspiring days with like-minded people. Meet people from all over the state who are doing great things in their communities. Trade ideas, join forces, get inspired, learn, plan next steps and help build a statewide movement! A feast of do-able ideas!  Minigrants to make your idea happen!
Get your tickets here before they run out
Are You Working for a Healthier West Virginia?  This Conference is for You!
Try This Conference
Two idea-packed, inspiring days with like-minded people. Meet people from all over the state who are doing great things in their communities. Trade ideas, join forces, get inspired, learn, plan next steps and help build a statewide movement! A feast of do-able ideas!  Minigrants to make your idea happen!

  • Forty workshops: From farmers markets and school gardens to bicycling and running programs to school-based health centers and parks, we’ve got great workshop leaders who really know their stuff! (2017 list coming in March.)

  • Affordable cost: West Virginia Wesleyan is giving us a very reasonable price, and workshop leaders are donating time, so we can keep conference costs down. SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE!

  • Minigrant program: If you come to the conference, you can get grants to help make your healthier-community idea happen!  If three or more people from your community attend and plan as a team, you can apply. More details here.

  • Team building: Come with others from your community iso you can brainstorm and plan in a stimulating, idea-filled atmosphere.

  • Youth activities: Young people from 14 - 18 are encouraged to attend and participate in our youth track. Younger children must be accompanied at all times by parents.
Try This conference details
Job Opportunities In Central Appalachia
Director of Foodways
Hindman Settlement School
If you have a love of learning, a passion for Appalachian culture, and an eagerness to make a positive impact on our community, you may be the right fit for Hindman Settlement School. The Director of Foodways will possess a broad range of skills and abilities suited to the development of foodways systems in Knott County and throughout the region and serve as the primary foodways coordinator responsible for food production and the advancement of food culture in the form of community-based education, cultural heritage offerings, and service opportunities. S/he will also represent the Settlement School in a variety of public capacities and will exhibit strong relational and administrative skills with a proven ability to work well with teams and independently.
Full job description
Appalachian Studies Instructor
Virginia Tech
The Department of Religion and Culture at Virginia Tech invites applications for a one-year position as a full time instructor in Appalachian studies beginning fall 2017. The teaching load is four undergraduate courses per semester. The department’s Appalachian studies program supports an active cohort of Appalachian studies minors as well as a number of Appalachia-focused students in our Religion and Culture major. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in, or ABD status in, a humanities or social sciences field or discipline by August 2017, with Appalachian studies as a primary area of specialization in the dissertation project. Candidates should demonstrate a commitment to a program of research and/or engagement in Appalachian studies and a record of successful teaching. They invite applications that attest to the candidate’s ability to teach “Introduction to Appalachian Studies” (40 students per class) as an interdisciplinary humanities course to students from across all colleges of Virginia Tech. The successful candidate may be invited to teach one additional Appalachian studies course in the instructor’s particular area of expertise.
Full job description
Bookkeeper Position 
Narrow Ridge
Narrow Ridge Earth Literacy Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in northern Grainger County that is dedicated to promoting sustainable living and Earth literacy. For the past 2 ½ decades Narrow Ridge has been engaged in important efforts to conserve Appalachian countryside and to promote environmental awareness and action. Narrow Ridge is seeking the services of a person with experience in nonprofit bookkeeping to work an average of 10 hours per week. They are seeking the services of an individual whose motivation derives from a shared concern for our planet. 
Full job description
Kentuckians For The Commonwealth
Community Organizer Apprentice
Kentuckians For The Commonwealth (KFTC) is a grassroots organization with 11,000 members across the state. They believe in the power of community organizing – people working together to achieve common goals. Organizing empowers us to help shape decisions affecting our lives and the larger community. It's a long-term approach that focuses on building and exercising power, especially among people affected by injustice, to improve the quality of life for all.

This Spring, KFTC is launching a Community Organizer Apprentice Program.  Organizer Apprentices will work full-time with KFTC, as a member of our Organizing & Leadership Development Team.  Each Organizer Apprentice will be paired with an an Organizer Partner, a member of our organizing staff.  Organizer Partners will provide coaching and direction to the Apprentice, while they work together on a shared body of work.

In conjunction with the Apprentice Program, KFTC will launch an Organizing Academy starting in June 2017. The Organizer Academy will be a multi-track leadership and organizing training program and the foundation of KFTC's expanding leadership development strategy.  A core component of the Organizing Academy will be an advanced six-month training program for the six Organizing Apprentices, that develops leadership and organizing skills needed to effect vision-based change.
Position description
Funding Opportunities In Central Appalachia
More information about the program and past Fellows
Resist Expanding Emergency Grants 
During these times Resist would like to offer concrete support to Black-led groups working to build communities of healing, resistance, and creative visioning.  While Resist are prioritizing Black-led groups, they also welcome applications from accomplice groups with a strong track record of following Black leadership. Resist offers $500 Emergency Grants to eligible groups who are facing unforeseen and timely political opportunities. They offer this support so that groups can respond quickly to unexpected organizing needs. Emergency grant applicants will hear back within 72 hours. Please see eligibility requirements.
Apply here
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