Recent Grants

Since 1996, the Highlands Community Fund, in partnership with The Community Foundation, has awarded 118 grants to 30 organizations totaling $754,656.

Fall 2016

Blue Ridge Mountains Health Project, Inc. - $20,000 to upgrade radiology equipment to digital technology allowing more efficient diagnosis and treatment of patients.

Community Care Clinic of Highlands-Cashiers, Inc. - $10,000 to expand its chronic disease management program.

Highlands Community Child Development Center - $6,625 in support of its Computer Pals Program which helps children achieve academic improvement.

The Bascom - $20,000 to support a community arts education initiative that provides free classes and workshops to a large segment of the population lacking exposure to art.

Literacy Council of Highlands - $1,000 to help with general operating expenses.

Gordon Center for Children - $1,500 to aid in the purchase of a van used to transport children to various enrichment activities

Fall 2015

Hospice and Palliative Care of the Blue Ridge - $15,000 to support the Bridging the Gap program which provides supplements, transportation, food and utilities for patients and their families.

Gordon Center for Children, Inc. - $20,000 to offer enrichment programs and supervision for children enrolled in the early child care program and the afterschool program.

Literacy Council of Highlands, Inc. - $20,000 to continue its literacy programs, which include GED, ESL, Adult Literacy, Primary ESL, Study Hall, After School Enrichment, Mobilizing Literacy, summer day camp, Dolly Parton Imagination Library and computer lab with language software.

Community Care Clinic of Highlands-Cashiers - $3,000 to fund retinal exams for clinic patients as part of a comprehensive program to treat diabetics.

Friends of Founders Park - $5,000 for improvements planned for the Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park in 2016.

Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust - $5,000 to support the Kids in Nature program that provides quality outdoor programming to youth from afterschool groups, clubs, camps and other community agencies.

Peggy Crosby Community Service Center - $1,445 for a project to use native plants to enhance landscaping.

The Bascom - $4,000 for a new electric kiln to be used by ceramic classes for high school students, several community youth programs and the Empty Bowls projects benefiting local food pantries.

Fall 2014

The Bascom - $10,000 to deliver arts education programming in collaboration with a number of community partners.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina - $2,100 to continue the “323 Little Organics Program,” a model positive activity for the child-adult matches to grow herbs and vegetables in community gardens.

Blue Ridge Mountains Health Project - $10,000 to cover the cost of replacing dated equipment used in providing dental services and patient record keeping at the Clinic in Cashiers.

Community Care Clinic of Highlands-Cashiers - $10,000 to expand its chronic disease management program and to develop and implement a system to improve medical outcomes.

Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust - $2,500 to support the Kids in Nature Program in afterschool and summer programs providing experiential learning on ecological topics in the community. 

The Literacy Council of Highlands - $5,000 to continue the Children’s Programming including After School Enrichment, Tutoring, ESL, Summertime Kids and book distributions.

Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center - $10,000 to support the Youth Theater Program that provides a comprehensive theater arts education to 8th-12 grade students. 

Peggy Crosby Community Service Center - $2,500 to assist in renovating interior office spaces for non-profit tenants to improve the center to better serve the community. 

The following nonprofit organizations have received grants from the Highlands Community Fund:

Bascom-Louise Gallery
Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC, Inc.
Blair Foundation, Inc.
Blue Ridge Mountains Health Project, Inc.
BSA- Boy Scout Troop 207
Community Care Clinic of Highlands-Cashiers
Cullasaja Fire and Rescue 
First Presbyterian Church
Friends of Founders Park
Gordon Center for Children, Inc.
Highlands Biological Foundation
Highlands Community Child Development Center 
Highlands Emergency Council
Highlands Historical Society
Highlands School 
Highlands Studio for the Arts
Highlands Woman's Club
Highlands/Cashiers Conservation League
Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival
Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust
Highlands United Methodist Church
Hudson Library
International Friendship Center 
Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance
Literacy Council of Highlands, Inc.
Macon County Sheriff's Department
ML Performing Arts Center
Peggy Crosby Community Service Center 
Performing Arts Center, Inc.
Town of Highlands

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