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 2021 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.

Healthy Homes Initiative Grant Cycle Now Open

In keeping with our mission, we believe that safe and affordable housing is essential to health and well-being.

We are pleased to announce the Healthy Homes Initiative, (HHI), a regional collaboration with Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation, and the Nantahala Health Foundation through a generous grant of $400,000 from the Dogwood Health Trust.  Together, we aim to address the most critical needs for home repairs among those who need it most throughout our six county western region.

The HHI initiative is targeted to owner-occupied homes of individuals at 60% of the area median income (AMI). Many of these homeowners are unable to afford the repairs needed to maintain the safety and health of their home’s occupants. Others require home modifications to ensure they can safely age in their homes or to address physical challenges or disabilities.

Affordability of repairs and home modifications have been further compromised by supply chain and labor challenges exacerbated by COVID-19. Dogwood Health Trust is supporting the Healthy Homes Initiative and the work of HCHF and NHF with a $400,000 grant

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.