rising where we’re rooted
Local people, local decisions, local impact. The Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky is an organization serving Southeastern Kentucky with 8 affiliates in 12 counties. We help Kentuckians across the state give to the causes they care about, and we make grants to make life better for all people.
impact by the Numbers
since inception in 2006
in donations received
total grants awarded
in grants provided by our community affiliates
given in grants, scholarships & investments
total scholarships awarded
over $1 million
in urgent COVID relief funding for Appalachian people, small businesses and nonprofit organizations
small businesses and farms supported
supporting six eastern Kentucky counties
The Southeast Kentucky Healthy Downtowns Initiative provided $180,000 in funding to 6 Eastern Kentucky towns, supporting new ways for people to interact safely with public spaces and commerce.
businesses grants awarded
The Southeast Kentucky Downtown Business Stimulus Fund provided urgently needed grants to 153 business owners in 23 counties. The Fund also released 0% emergency interest loans to small businesses.
in response and relief grants given by our affiliates to their communities
Black-owned family farms supported
The Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky also helped pool funds for the Kentucky Black Farmers Fund to support 54 Black-owned farm families statewide during COVID.
grants awarded to small family farms
The Central Appalachian Family Farm Fund provided urgently needed grants to 138 local farms in 20 counties.