Application Process

Jeep Photo

One of the early Appalachian Fund grantees was the Frontier Nursing Service, whose nurse-midwives used Willys Jeeps to serve families in eastern Kentucky.

Unless there is an emergency situation, the Fund’s Board of Advisors reviews standard requests once a year in December. All funding requests for the 2023 grant period must be received by 5:00 pm on Friday, October 14, 2022. Applications received after this deadline will not be accepted.

Standard Application

The process is as follows:

  • If you have not received funding from the Berea College Appalachian Fund previously, please complete and submit the Grant Inquiry Form online prior to submitting an application. Davey King will follow up with you on your proposed project.
  • Complete the Grant Application (PDF Application and Word Application) along with the Budget (Excel budget) and email your proposal to Davey King at kingd3@berea.edu, by 5:00m on Friday, October 14, 2022.
  • Returning grantees: Submit your report on prior year grant by same deadline via email to kingd3@berea.edu. Your report must be submitted to be eligible to re-apply.
  • The Board of Advisors will meet in December to review grant requests.
  • You will be notified by January whether your request was approved or denied.
  • Larger grants are issued in two payments: one in January and one in July.

Folk Arts and Cultures Initiative

The Fund is currently able to offer a special funding opportunity to support nonprofits that help celebrate and preserve folk arts and cultures of central Appalachia. Multi-year projects may be considered.

The process is as follows:

  • If you have not received funding from the Berea College Appalachian Fund previously, please fill out and submit the Grant Inquiry Form online prior to submitting an application. Davey King will follow up with you on your proposed project.
  • Complete the Grant Application (PDF Application and Word Application) and send to Davey King at kingd3@berea.edu, by 5:00pm on Monday, July 25, 2022.
  • Returning grantees: Submit your report on prior year grant by same deadline via email to kingd3@berea.edu.  Your report must be submitted to be eligible to re-apply.
  • The Board of Advisors will meet in August to review grant requests.
  • You will be notified in September whether your request was approved or denied.