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Highlands Community Fund


In 2018, the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust received $3,000 for its Kids in Nature environmental education programs. Photo courtesy of Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust.

The Highlands Community Fund (HCF) seeks to improve the quality of life in Highlands by promoting charitable giving and supporting projects that benefit the community and its residents.

HCF generally provides grants between $2,500-$10,000 for charitable purposes.  At its discretion, the HCF Advisory Board may also consider grant requests for greater or lesser amounts. Projects should be completed within one year of receipt of grant funds. 

Requests that exhibit the greatest community benefit will be given the highest consideration. 

If an organization other than the applicant will benefit from the grant, then the applicant should include a letter of endorsement from that organization.

Projects should be completed within one year of the award.

 

Deadlines and Dates


The grant application deadline is 5 p.m. on the second Friday in August.

 

Eligibility


  • Grants are made to qualified 501(c)(3), governmental, educational, and religious organizations serving Highlands.  
  • An eligible organization may only submit one application per year.

What We Do Not Fund

Grants generally do not support: scholarships; annual giving campaigns; endowment funds; debt repayment; sectarian religious purposes; partisan political purposes; festivals or one-time events such as exhibits, performances or fundraisers; or activities taking place or expenses incurred before grant decisions are made.

How to Apply

 
1. Access Community Foundation Staff Assistance
Prior to submitting an application, you are encouraged to discuss your proposal with CFWNC staff. For assistance, contact Tara Scholtz, Senior Program Officer, by email or at 828-367-9913. 

2. Submit a Grant Application 
Access the online application process HERE to submit a grant application.  For technical assistance with the online grant system, please contact Diane Crisp, Grants Manager, by email or at 828-367-9904.  Applicants will be notified by email upon receipt of their application.

3. Review Process
Applications are screened for completeness, clarity and compliance with eligibility requirements. We consider the Fund’s priorities, the availability of funds for the stated purposes, the applicants’ capabilities and the potential benefits to the community. Funding decisions will be completed, grant awards announced, and funds distributed by the end of September. Use of grant funds may begin on or after October 1.

Reporting Requirements 
An online end-of-grant report verifying use of grant funds and results will be required. Instructions will be included in the grant award letter. Additional reports or site visits may also be required. 

Guideline Modifications
 
The Fund’s Advisory Board may modify these guidelines, or make exceptions to them, in consultation with the staff of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina.


Additional Information

 

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