Little Swiss Fund Awards Highland County Nonprofits

The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County announced this week that its Little Swiss Fund Grants Committee met to review ten applications for the first annual grant award process. The Little Swiss 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 $53,213 to five charitable organizations.


NPO Special Project/Operating Support Grant Award
Alleghany Mountain Institute Phase I Fellows $11,700
Highland County Fair Association, Inc. General Operating Support $12,775
Highland County Humane Society, Inc. Community Pet Retention and Foster Care $2,673
Highland Medical Center, Inc. A Prescription for Exercise $19,150
Highland County Volunteer Fire Department General Operating Support $6,915


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.


To submit an application for funding, visit The Community Foundation’s website, . The 2019 Little Swiss Fund Grants application will be available in August, with a deadline of November 1.  The review committee will begin reviewing applications in October, and grants will be distributed by November 30. The 2019 distribution is estimated to be $144,000.


Contact Ann Siciliano at 540-432-3863 or [email protected] with questions.