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Highland County YPC

The Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge, in partnership with The Highland Center (THC), established the Highland County Youth Philanthropy Council (HC YPC) in 2016 in an effort to provide opportunities for Highland youth to gain leadership, consensus building, philanthropic, and decision-making skills.  Both the Foundation and THC hope to positively influence student’s thinking about community involvement, motivate them to serve on issues that interest them, and prepare the next generation of leaders, philanthropists, volunteers, and board members.

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

FUNDING PRIORITY: The HC YPC announces the availability of $10,000 in grant funding and invites local nonprofit organizations to submit an application addressing one or more of the following areas:

Programs and services that support:

  1. A health care system which:

    1. Reduces the stigma associated with mental health issues and services

    2. Addresses the impact of COVID-19 on mental health

    3. Supports victims of domestic violence

    4. Treats victims of substance abuse

  2. Basic Needs:

    1. Food security

    2. Transportation

    3. Affordable day care

  3. The elderly population


  • The Highland YPC grant application will open in January 2022.

  • The application deadline is to be determined.
  • Notification: Grant announcements will be made mid-to-late June, 2022

  • Distribution: Grants will be distributed late June, 2022

  • Upon implementation of funds, a one-page summary on how the funds were expended is required.

RESTRICTIONS: The HC YPC does not provide funding for the following:

  • 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.

  • 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.

For more information, contact Miriam Burrows at or by calling 540-213-2150.

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