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 central Appalachian region of the United States with an 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

Projects supported by the Berea College Appalachian Fund should reflect the values and ideals expressed in the following:

Program Areas

Grants are made in the areas of:

  • Health
  • Education
  • Social Services
  • Folk Arts and Cultures

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-resourced 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 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.

Folk Arts and Cultures – The Fund supports projects that celebrate and preserve the traditional arts and cultures of central Appalachia.

Most standard grants in health, education, and social services fall in the range of $5,000 to $30,000 with the average grant around $15,000. Grants under the Folk Arts and Cultures Initiative range from $5,000 to $15,000.