Highlands Community Fund

Highlands Emergency Council was awarded $5,000 for its fuel fund that assists low-income community members with heating needs. Photo courtesy of Highlands Emergency Council.

Highlands Community Fund generally provides grants between $2,500-$10,000 for charitable purposes.

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.
  • Grant funds should be expended 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, private primary and secondary schools (except for projects or programs that are not directed toward the school's students or staff and that directly address community needs) and private clubs, or activities taking place or expenses incurred before grant decisions are made.

How to Apply

1. Access Community Foundation Staff Assistance

If you would like to discuss your proposal or have questions regarding eligibility, contact Tara Scholtz, Senior Program Officer, by email or at 828-367-9913.

2. Submit a Grant Application

Begin the online application process to submit a grant application. For technical assistance with the online grant system, please contact Diane Crisp, Senior Grants Manager, by email or at 828-367-9904. The online system notifies applicants by email upon receipt of their application.

3. Review Process

Staff screens applications for completeness, clarity, and compliance with eligibility requirements. The Fund’s advisory committee evaluates grant applications, taking into consideration the Fund’s priorities, availability of funds for the stated purposes, applicants’ capabilities, and 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

Applicants must submit an online end-of-grant report verifying use of grant funds and results. Instructions will be included in the grant award letter. We may also require additional reports or site visits.

Guideline Modifications

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

For additional information, visit Recent Grants.

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