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 today.

One of the leadership opportunities available through UALP is an
Innovative Grant Program, available to individuals and groups in the greater Cincinnati area who want to expand their understanding of and knowledge about urban Appalachian history, culture, and/or current issues.  A link to the application process is below.


UACC is committed to encouraging leadership development within the Appalachian community. Projects including young people, community members, artists, and others assure that all participants are actively engaged with the development of the proposal, not just the proposed beneficiaries. Each project promotes knowledge-sharing through some form of community engagement or public presentation.

UALP provides guidance and support for all projects, including hosting regular gatherings for information sharing and community building. General ideas for project-related activities:

  • Planning and hosting Appalachian cultural events such as literary and/or musical performances, film series, or theatre and art exhibitions
  • Creating/archiving material uniquely reflective of Appalachian issues including oral histories
  • Presenting lectures, panel discussions or workshops on issues that connect to Appalachian themes or topics of value
  • Action research related to social matters affecting urban and rural Appalachians, including health conditions, economic or other social injustices, school leaving, unemployment, and the opioid crisis
  • Development of educational and other resources for use by the Appalachian community

For more information about the Urban Appalachian Leadership Project (UALP) Innovation Grant Program please click here or email at us [email protected]. Also visit our UACC Facebook page for updates on funded Innovation Grant Programs and their activities. Some of our archived blogs cover past projects.

We also invite you to view a video about the Urban Appalachian Leadership Project (formerly called the Urban Appalachian Project) here.