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Highlands Chamber of Commerce/Visit Highlands, NC awards 8 grants to local organizations $101,785 invested back into community

HIGHLANDS, N.C. The Highlands Chamber of Commerce/Visit Highlands, NC recently announced its latest round of grants to support local nonprofit organizations.

During a presentation on June 9, representatives from eight Highlands-area non-profit organizations received grantstotaling $101,785. The funds will support special events or activities organized or hosted by the organizations, including:

The Bascom for Program Marketing – $10,000
Highlands Festivals for the Bear Shadow Music Festival – $50,000
Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival – $7,500
The Center for Life Enrichment for Porchfest – $8,785
Friends of Founders Park for the Low Country Shrimp Boil – $1,500
The Highlands Historical Society for the Dazzling Dahlia Festival – $7,500
The Highlands Motoring Festival – $12,500
The Rotary Club of Highlands for the Twilight 5 K Run – $4,000

Each year, the Highlands Chamber of Commerce/Visit Highlands, NC supports local nonprofit organizations through its Tourism Grant Program and sponsorship programs. The program is funded by a portion of occupancy taxes collected from guests staying in Highlands accommodations. A committee of volunteers headed by Highlands Chamber of Commerce/Visit Highlands, NC Board of Directors Member Charlotte Muir, along with staff, reviewed the grant applications and recommended approval.

Since July 1, 2021, the beginning of the current fiscal year,$255,521.06 has been invested back into the community through the grants program.

It is an honor to be stewards of these funds that are invested back into our community,” says Kaye McHan, executive director. “As a non-profit organization ourselves, we understandand share the goal of making Highlands a great place to live, work and visit.

For more information about the Highlands Chamber of Commerce/Visit Highlands, NC or its Tourism Grant Program, call 828-526-5841 or visit

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