Little Swiss Fund Managers Begin Activities For Second Year

In a press release dated August 1st, The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County announced it will meet with Highland County nonprofit organizations at The Highland Center on Tuesday, September 10 at 3:00 PM. This meeting will offer nonprofits an opportunity to discuss Little Swiss Fund grant opportunities and provide a setting for staff of The Community Foundation to learn more about the Highland County nonprofit community.

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 approximately $120,000 to charitable organizations, but in time, the annual distribution will grow to exceed $400,000.

Grants are distributed annually from the Little Swiss Fund to 501(c) (3) tax-exempt organizations in Highland County. Nonprofits with broad active volunteer support and annual revenues exceeding $25,000 are encouraged to apply for grant funding through an application process. Organizations must receive less than half their income from government entities to be eligible. Religious organizations may apply.

The 2019 application for funding is now available. Eligible nonprofits may visit The Community Foundation’s website, whose link is available with this story on our website, www. .

The Little Swiss Fund Grants application deadline is November 1. A committee will begin reviewing applications on October 1, and grants awards are made by November 30.

Contact Ann Siciliano at 540-432-3863 or with questions.

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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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