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 continued successful operation of the Blue Ridge Health – Highlands Cashiers Clinic, located in the Jane Woodruff Clinic on the campus of the Highlands-Cashiers Hospital.  The clinic is 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.

2023 Grant Cycle

In keeping with our mission to improve the health and well-being of Highlands, Cashiers, and surrounding communities, we are currently reviewing our grant process for 2023. Grants are at the heart of the mission of our Foundation, and this review is essential to ensuring continued success with our community grant programs and partnerships. As a result, we are pausing acceptance of new grant applications at this time until the review process is completed.

We thank you for your patience as we conduct our review. Our goal is to complete this in a timely manner and open our new grant process and cycle in the near future.

We look forward to working with our community partners in 2023 as we continue our mission of lifting health and well-being, together.

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