Applications Being Accepted for Highland Youth Philanthropy Council Grants

The Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge is now accepting applications for the Highland Youth Philanthropy Council Grant Program.  Grant funding of $10,000 is available and local nonprofit organizations are invited to submit an application addressing affordable housing, entertainment, transportation, and better food sources for the Highland County Community.

The Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge, in partnership with The Highland Center, established the Highland County Youth Philanthropy Council in 2016 to provide opportunities for Highland youth to practice leadership, philanthropy, and decision-making skills.

This year, the Youth Philanthropy Council consists of five students, in 9th through 12th grade, from Highland High School.  They will review each application and evaluate it based on its effectiveness at addressing the listed priorities. Their ultimate goal is to support local nonprofits in their work, to fill current gaps in community resources, and to spur innovative approaches to solving long standing community problems.

The Highland County Youth Philanthropy Council does not provide funding for individuals, organizations not exempt under Section 501(c) (3) of the IRS, religious organizations, unless the particular program will benefit a large portion of the community without regard to religious affiliation, or organizations that discriminate on the basis of age, color, citizenship, disability, disabled veteran status, gender, race, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, military service or status.

The application deadline is Wednesday, May 5, 2022 by 11:59 pm.  Grant announcements will be made in mid-to-late June and grants will be distributed in late June.

To get more information and to apply, visit The Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge’s website at and click on Grants and Awards.


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Bonnie Ralston

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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