In what has been described as “an exceptional year of need,” Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation has announced its funding focus for 2020 will include assistance for needs relating to the coronavirus pandemic as well as collaborative and transformative solutions that will improve the health and well-being of Highlands-Cashiers and neighboring communities. Letters of Interest are due before June 10, and the application can be downloaded from

The Foundation’s board has outlined the following funding focus areas:

1. COVID-19 Initiatives: providing financial support to immediate relief needs, as well as emerging and long-term solutions for COVID-19 related issues.

2. Health and Access to Healthcare Initiatives: connecting communities to sustainable and affordable health care services.

3. Education Initiatives: Expanding and improving education.

4. Transformative, innovative and collaborative solutions: providing lasting improvement to local communities’ overall health and well-being.

“We know that unprecedented circumstances are affecting families, homes, businesses and every aspect of life in our mountains,” said Board Chair Dr. Walter Clark. “Acting on this, our Board has agreed to allocate significant funding to help our communities.” 

Robin Tindall, the Foundation’s CEO and executive director adds, “Given the magnitude of the coronavirus’ impact, the Foundation is committed to helping those most vulnerable in our area, and investing in emerging solutions designed to assist the transition to health and economic recovery of the plateau and our extended region.”

Interested applicants may submit letters of interest at Deadline for submission is June 10.