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News Community HCF announces $17,000 in grants for nonprofit organizations

The Highlands Community Foundation announces $17,000 in recent grants to local nonprofit organizations supporting important community initiatives.

The grants include:

— $3,500 to the Highlands Biological Foundation toward the installation of solar panels to heat water for one dormitory at the Highlands Biological Station. This project is a result of an energy assessment conducted by UNC students in 2010 and provides a demonstration site for education of station visitors and community members. The station will cooperate with other local groups, including Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance, to promote the demonstration of energy efficiencies in the Highlands community year round.

— $7,000 to the Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance (JMCA) to support the “Sustainable Solutions Project” in Highlands that will foster community involvement in planning that builds on natural resources and encourages sustainable development. JMCA is a grassroots conservation organization that will lead this effort and work with the Town of Highlands Sustainability Committee to adapt recommendations from the Mountain Landscape Initiative Toolkit. Through educational workshops, community forums and partnership meetings, a report will be developed and presented to the Town of Highlands to include specific recommendations for implementing community efforts in sustainable development.

— $6,500 to the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust (HCLT) to fund the Stewardship Coordinator position through the Ameri- Corps program. This staff position will help to maintain HCLT properties and trails, document required monitoring of easements, and develop the HCLT volunteers program. This will continue work by current Ameri- Corps member and assist HCLT in meeting National Land Trust Alliance Accreditation.

The Highlands Community Foundation, an affiliate of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, was established in 1996 by a group of local residents as a permanent endowment and resource for charitable efforts that benefit Highlands. The local, volunteer board of directors works to raise awareness of the Highlands Community Foundation and to build assets for the future. These board members are: T. Wood Lovell, Chair; W. Jack Brinson, Treasurer; Laney Capron, Judy Kight, Nancy Parker, and Willis H. Willey.

For more information about the Highlands Community Foundation, contact Chair T. Wood Lovell at (828)526-4104. To learn more about The Community Foundation, call (828)254-4960 or visit

Donors rely on The Community Foundation to help them turn their charitable passions into meaningful and effective philanthropy. The Foundation supports the growth of its affiliate funds to extend the benefits of philanthropy across the region. To learn more about The Community Foundation, call (828)254-4960 or visit

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