Little Swiss Fund Grant Applications Open for Highland County Nonprofits

The 2022 Little Swiss Fund Grant Applications are now open through The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.   The grant application cycle is open to eligible Highland County nonprofit organizations.  The application deadline is Thursday, September 1 and all Little Swiss Fund grant awards will be distributed by the end of the calendar year.

Organizations must be tax-exempt, public charities under IRS Section 501(c)3 or other nonprofit status. Nonprofits physically located in, and serving, Highland County, with broad active volunteer support and annual revenues exceeding $25,000 are encouraged to apply. Organizations must receive less than half their income from government entities to be eligible. Religious organizations serving Highland County may also apply. Schools are not eligible to apply. Grants are made without regard to factors of gender, race, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation.

By using a new competitive grant software system, nonprofit organizations can create an account to submit grant applications.  Your organization can log in and create an account in our grants system HERE.

In the fall of 2021, The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County distributed $334,821 from the Little Swiss Fund to seventeen Highland County nonprofit organizations.   The funding is expected to be even more this year.

The Little Swiss Fund was established by an anonymous donor to benefit the nonprofit community in Highland County, Virginia.

For questions, call The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County at 540-432-3863 or visit

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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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