We search for and support transformative, effective solutions to lift the health and well-being of Highlands, Cashiers, and neighboring communities.

To Our Community Partners,

In keeping with our mission to improve the health and well-being of Highlands, Cashiers, and surrounding communities, our current top funding priority is supporting the establishment, and successful operation of the Blue Ridge Health Center – Highlands Cashiers, the plateau’s new comprehensive primary care center located in the Jane Woodruff Clinic on the campus of the Highlands-Cashiers Hospital and independently operated by Blue Ridge Health, a well-established Western North Carolina non-profit healthcare organization.

While this vital initiative to expand access to primary care on the plateau will continue to be our chief focus, we continue to remain open to considering grant proposals for additional programs that further the Foundation’s mission. Let’s stay in touch!

Read below about our current Grant Process.

HCHF Funding Priority

Based on community need, the Foundation Board has identified Health and Access to Healthcare as the focus for grant funding.

Grantmaking Process

Organizations interested in submitting grant applications that address The Foundation’s funding priority should begin the process by submitting an Initial Inquiry. This step asks you to share your organization’s project(s), ideas and plans and gives us the ability to learn more about what you are doing in our communities.

If you feel that your project fits within our Health and Access to Healthcare focus area, please complete Step 1.

Funding Eligibility

Eligible Organizations

  • Public charities described in section 501(c)(3) and 509(a) (1,2 or 3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and to private operating
  • Units of government for public purposes. This includes Native American tribal

What We Can’t Fund

  • Individuals
  • Organizations with a political purpose, including lobbying
  • Out-of-area projects
  • Grants prohibited by tax law and regulation


Organization Initial Inquiry

Click below to submit the Initial Inquiry.

Letter of Interest (LOI)

Your organization may be contacted with information to submit the LOI.

Full Grant Application

Your organization may be contacted with information to submit the Full Grant Application.

Initial Inquiries that meet the Foundation’s funding priority may then be asked to submit a Letter of Interest and may then be invited to complete a Full Grant Application.

***It is important to note that movement from one step to the next does not guarantee funding nor does completion of one step imply movement to the next step.***

Please email with questions on how to upload your organization’s application.