Appalachian Fund

Areas of Interest

What We Fund

The Appalachian Fund board will consider requests that fall within the program areas listed below. Occasionally other requests are considered. Grants are restricted to applicants serving the southern Appalachian region of the United States, with emphasis 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: Health, Education, Social Services and Leadership. 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 underserved areas and those who are unable to pay the full cost of medical care and medicine. View current health grants.

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. View current education grants.

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

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

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

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