At their July 8th Board meeting, the Highland Community Foundation approved a number of items, as they move forward with implementing their 2021 action items.

The Board approved the following items:

  • Approved a donation to St. James Food Pantry to assist in their efforts to provide food to Highland residents in need. The total donation will be in the amount of $1,000, with $500 to be donated immediately and another $500 to be donated on December 1st in time for the Christmas season.
  • Approved a new “Highland Has Art” grant cycle, from August 1st until December 31st. There will be $2,000 in available funds for chosen art projects.
  • Approved launching both a letter and email fundraising campaigns in the second half of the year. HCF had suspended all fundraising efforts in 2020 so as not to compete with, or draw funds from, ongoing COVID relief efforts by other larger area nonprofits, such as the Food Bank of NWI, Meals on Wheels of Northwest Indiana, and Lake Area United Way.

In addition, the Board received a report on the efforts to organize a Highland Arts Council, which is already underway. One of the first projects that the HAC subcommittee is working on is establishing a town wide arts calendar. In addition, the subcommittee will review grant applications received during the new Highland Has Art grant cycle and provide the full Board with recommendations on projects to be funded.

The Board will meet again in late September.