Areas of Interest

What We Fund

The Appalachian Fund board considers requests that fall within the program areas listed below. Other requests are occasionally considered. Grants are restricted to applicants serving the southern Appalachian region of the United States. In particular, there is emphasis focused on eastern Kentucky. To be eligible for a grant, the organization or institution, as well as the purpose of the proposed project, must qualify under 501(c)(3) regulations of the United States Internal Revenue Service.

What We Don’t Fund

  • Endowments or capital campaigns
  • Political activities
  • Individuals
  • Direct mail campaigns

Program Areas

Grants are made in the areas of:

Following is a brief description of the Fund’s interests in each of these areas.

Health – The Fund supports improved access to quality health services and health education for those living in under-served areas and those who are unable to pay the full cost of medical care and medicine.

Education – The Fund supports programs that improve access to education (especially in medical and paramedical fields) as well as programs that serve economically disadvantaged populations.

Social Services – The Fund supports programs that improve the lives of women, children and low-income families.

Leadership – The Fund supports adult and youth leadership programs aimed at building stronger communities.

Most grants fall in the range of $3,000 to $30,000. The average grant is $15,000.