Little Swiss Fund Grant Recipients Named

In a press release dated November 18th, The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County announced this week that its Little Swiss Fund Grants Committee met to review applications for the second annual grant award process. The Little Swiss Fund is a permanently endowed fund, whose monies are invested, and provide an annual distribution to benefit the Highland County nonprofit community. The distribution is 4% of a five-year average of the fund’s balance. This year’s grants will provide a total of $136,855 to benefit the Highland County community.

Applications from thirteen Highland County nonprofit organizations were received this year, and all were approved for funding.

Receiving grants for general operating support were:

  • Allegheny Mountain Institute – $10,000
  • Dare to Dream Therapeutic Horsemanship Center – $5,000
  • Highland’s Children House – $10,549.60
  • The Highland County Fair Association – $8,000
  • The Highland Center – $15,000


Elegius Mini Equine Center received $5,000 for the youth

employment program; the Highland County Arts Council received $2,000 for a training program for technicians; the Highland County Humane Society received $5,000 for community pet retention and foster care; the Highland County Volunteer Fire Department received $15,123.15 for a new pumper/tanker truck, and the Volunteer rescue Squad received $29,182.25 for the installation of an automatic stretcher loading system; the Highland Historical Society received $2,000 for its Collections Preservation Project; the Highland Medical center received $28,000 for equipment for medical, dental and emergent care; and McDowell Presbyterian Church received $2,000 for restoration of the safety and integrity of the church.

For more information on the Little Swiss Fund, and next year’s grant cycle, visit The Community Foundation’s website at

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Scott Smith

Scott Smith is the General Manager for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS. Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has previously taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

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