Little Swiss Fund Awards Grants to Highland County Nonprofits

The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County announced this week that its Little Swiss Fund Grants Committee met to review applications for the second annual grant award process.Applications from thirteen Highland County nonprofit organizations were received this year. The LittleSwiss Fund is a permanently endowed fund, whose monies are invested and provide an annual distribution to benefit the Highland County nonprofit community. The distribution is 4% of a five-year average of the fund’s balance. This year’s grants will provide a total of $136,855 to benefit the Highland County community.


NPOSpecial Project/Operating SupportGrant Award
Alleghany Mountain InstituteGeneral Operating Support$10,000
Dare to Dream Therapeutic Horsemanship CenterGeneral Operating Support$5,000
Elegius Mini Equine SanctuaryYouth Employment Program$5,000
Highland Children’s HouseGeneral Operating Support$10,549.60
Highland County Arts CouncilTraining Program for Technicians$2,000
Highland County Fair Association, Inc.General Operating Support$8,000
Highland County Humane Society, Inc.Community Pet Retention and Foster Care$5,000
Highland County Volunteer Fire DepartmentNew Pumper/Tanker Truck$15,123.15
Highland County Volunteer Rescue SquadInstallation of Automatic Stretcher Loading System$29,182.25
Highland Historical SocietyCollections Preservation Project$2,000
Highland Medical Center, Inc.Equipment for Medical, Dental & Emergent Care$28,000
McDowell Presbyterian ChurchRestoration of the Safety & Integrity of Historic McDowell Presbyterian Church$2,000
The Highland CenterGeneral Operating Support$15,000


The Community Foundation will distribute grants annually from the Little Swiss Fund to 501(c) (3) tax-exempt organizations in Highland County. Nonprofits with broad active volunteer support and annual revenues exceeding $25,000 are encouraged to apply for grant funding through a competitive application process. Organizations must receive less than half their income from government entities to be eligible. Religious organizations may apply. The 2020 Little Swiss Fund Grants application will be available in August, with a deadline of November 1. Grant funds are distributed to nonprofit organizations by November 30.