The Urban Appalachian Community Coalition (UACC) is an alliance of individuals and organizations committed to the well-being of Appalachian people, communities and cultural expression in the greater Cincinnati area. UACC’s mission is to provide an organizational structure through which urban Appalachians in the Cincinnati region can build mutual support, promote awareness of urban Appalachian people’s contributions, and take action to address common concerns.

Our Calling:

We believe in the irrepressible spirit of the Appalachian people, and that the nurturing of that spirit benefits Greater Cincinnati through our:

  • Wisdom informed by both our Appalachian heritage and our urban experiences;
  • Resistance to threats to individual, family, and community well-being;
  • Respect for community as both place and the people who live there;
  • Artistic and cultural expressions of  who we were and are;
  • Inclusiveness that recognizes how people are alike rather than different;
  • Advocacy on behalf of those whose voices have not been heard.

The Urban Appalachian Community Coalition was founded by members of the former Urban Appalachian Council, which incorporated in 1974 to “promote a decent quality of life for Appalachian citizens of Greater Cincinnati.” While many of the social services the Urban Appalachian Council provided were absorbed into other local organizations when it closed in 2014, its numerous supporters immediately recognized the continued need for Appalachian voices to have a “home” in the Greater Cincinnati area.

Our Work:

UACC’s work is created, organized, and developed by a large collaborative group of  Stewards who, through a network of Action Teams continue the rich, half-century-old tradition of advocacy, research, and the artistic expression of urban Appalachian people in our community.

We believe that the Appalachian spirit is a positive and powerful force toward individual, family and community health, transformation and empowerment.

Request for Proposals:

The Urban Appalachian Leadership Project is envisioned as a coalition of students and young adults, community advocates, scholars, artists, and others who empower community members to acknowledge diversity within cultural identity, connect with our history and shape our future by engaging in conversations and activities exploring what it means to be Appalachian.

Click here to read more about our Urban Appalachian Leadership Project (UALP) Innovation Grant Program which will award stipends to young Appalachian leaders and their mentors from universities and communities across the Greater Cincinnati region. 

The UACC is proud to partner with the following community sponsors: