Recent Grants

Since 1996, the Highlands Community Fund, in partnership with The Community Foundation, has awarded 146 grants totaling $929,646.

Photo courtesy of Highlands - Cashiers Land Trust.

Land Trust Awarded $3,000 for Kids in Nature Educational Programs.

A $3,000 grant to Highland – Cashiers Land Trust (HCLT) is supporting an Education Coordinator position, an AmeriCorps Member, who assists with educational program development, implementation and supplies. Through quality, investigative educational programs, HCLT is helping to guide a diverse group of youth in the community toward becoming good environmental stewards, ultimately leading individuals to make decisions and take actions that will improve ecosystems and increase other conservation efforts in the future. Programs are offered to groups in Highlands and Cashiers including the Boys and Girls Club of the Plateau, the Gordon Center, the Literacy Council, the Sonshine School, the Summit Charter School, the Town of Highlands Rec Camp and more.

Fall 2019 - Grants totaling $62,490

The Bascom - $2,500 for the Highlands Community Education and Outreach Initiative, a holistic development of community through the arts by providing in-house and off-site educational opportunities for all and advocating for enhanced quality of life.

Blue Ridge Mountains Health Project - $8,500 to increase access to free preventive dental services and dental health education by low-income residents of the Highlands area.

Community Care Clinic of Highlands-Cashiers - $9,740 for the cost of a medical provider so that the primary care clinic can offer two sessions weekly. The clinic provides free health care services to uninsured, low-income residents, primarily from southern Macon and southern Jackson counties.

Counseling and Psychotherapy Center of Highlands - $3,750 to supplement fees paid by individuals, families and couples who cannot afford to pay the therapists' full fees.

Gordon Center for Children - $8,500 to offset the cost of supervision, snacks, and supplies related to activities, homework time, and free time during its free afterschool program.

Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust - $1,500 to help support its Kids in Nature programs.

Highlands Community Child Development Center - $8,500 to purchase instructional supplies for teaching and to install coded door locks that allow teachers quick entry to locked spaces, yet still ensure that the children cannot access those rooms.

Literacy Council of Highlands - $8,500 for its free afterschool programs in which students are given individualized help and exposure to unique teaching methods. Trained instructors and tutors are able to work with any learning disability, enhancing the potential for success for each student.

Pisgah Legal Services - $8,500 to expand free civil legal assistance and advocacy to low-income people who live and work in and around Highlands.

REACH of Macon County - $2,500 to help implement a 24-hour crisis textline for victims of domestic, sexual violence, and human trafficking and to promote the availability of services.

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