Applications Available for Little Swiss Fund Grants in Highland County

According to a press release, the 2021 Little Swiss Fund grant application is now available.

In 2018, The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County received a $10 million gift from an anonymous donor with instructions for the gift to benefit nonprofit organizations in Highland County, Virginia. The gift established a permanently endowed fund called The Little Swiss Fund, whose monies are annually invested and distributed to benefit Highland County nonprofit agencies with 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt status. This year’s grants will provide approximately $334,821 to charitable organizations. All grants will be awarded in late November 2021.

Organizations must be tax-exempt public charities under IRS Section 501(c)3 or other nonprofit status. Organizations must be physically located in Highland County, Virginia and the project or program to be funded must serve the Highland County area. Religious organizations are welcome to apply. Nonprofit organizations must have annual revenues in excess of $25,000 to be eligible. Local clubs (civic and otherwise), and recreational facilities are NOT eligible to apply.

If you have any questions about your organization’s eligibility to apply, please contact The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County by emailing or call 540-432-3863 before you begin the application. Grants are made without regard to factors of gender, race, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation.

Applications are due November 1, 2021 at 5:00PM.   The application can be found on the website at

The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County is a local nonprofit organization that seeks to understand individual, family, business and private foundation interests in order to establish funds to support their charitable goals. Additionally, the Community Foundation provides valuable services, resources, and educational opportunities for nonprofit organizations so that each enhances their capabilities as stewards of their missions for the benefit of our community.


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Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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