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Business and Nonprofit Support

Do you need support for your business or nonprofit?  Below are resources serving Highland County.  Most offer their services for free.  Whether you are starting out or expanding, searching for grants, or increasing your marketing, we encourage you to take advantage!

Based in Highland County

The Highland Center: With telework space to rent, conference rooms, commercial kitchen, auditorium, and programs to support the community, the mission of The Highland Center is to serve all citizens of Highland County by being a catalyst for cultural and economic development.

Highland Economic Development Authority (EDA): The Highland EDA provides an annual Grant Incentive Program to encourage the growth and success of small businesses located in Highland County.  The program goals are to encourage entrepreneurship, provide new job opportunities for local residents, and increase the commercial tax base in our region.

Highland Tourism Council: Their annual Marketing Assistance Program provides the opportunity for local organizations to receive funds to stimulate new tourism initiatives or assist in the growth of existing programs or events.

  • Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission (CSPDC): The CSPDC works with its member jurisdictions, communities and agencies to provide high-quality planning, technical assistance, and facilitation of services that address local, regional and state needs in an innovative, timely and cooperative manner. Covering everything from land use planning, transportation, water and waste-water utilities, natural resource management, affordable housing, economic and community development, disaster mitigation and preparedness, agritourism to human services, the CSPDC is an invaluable asset to the quality of life in the Shenandoah Valley.


  • Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge: The CFCBR is a charitable organization dedicated to helping individual and corporate donors, and nonprofit organizations, fulfill their hopes and dreams for the community through charitable giving.  Since their founding in 1992, they have reinvested over seven million dollars in the communities they serve –through grants, scholarships, and education awards.

    Attention nonprofits! The Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge has opened is Community Grants Program, with applications due on March 28, 2021. The Community Foundation is committed to supporting the nonprofit community by providing unrestricted grant funds to allow them more flexibility to respond to increasing needs, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. They support nonprofit organizations serving the independent cities of Staunton and Waynesboro, and counties of Augusta, Highland, and Nelson. In 2020, through our Community Grants Program, the Foundation issued over $385,000 in grants supporting a wide range of charitable activities, including the arts, health and human services, education, and much more. Learn more and apply today at:


  • Little Swiss Fund Grant: The Little Swiss Fund was established by an anonymous donor to benefit the nonprofit community in Highland County, Virginia. Nonprofits physically located in, and serving, Highland County, with broad active volunteer support and annual revenues exceeding $25,000 are encouraged to apply for annual grant funding. Organizations must receive less than half their income from government entities to be eligible. Religious organizations serving Highland County may also apply. The grant is managed by the Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.


  • SCORE: SCORE’s mission is to foster vibrant small business communities through mentoring and education. SCORE mentors can be contacted through their relationship with The Highland Center in Monterey.


  • Shenandoah Valley Partnership: The Shenandoah Valley Partnership (SVP) works with public and private partners at the local, regional, and state level to develop an economic climate for business success throughout the Shenandoah Valley. Through regional cooperation, the SVP brings together business, government, and education leaders to attract new business to the area, help existing businesses expand, and guide strategic workforce development to grow and sustain a healthy economic future for our region.
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  • Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center (SBDC): The mission of the SV SBCC is to advise, train and inform small businesses to help them achieve success.  They are one of 29 centers across Virginia providing professional business advice, training, and information resources to help grow and strengthen local businesses.


  • Shop Local Shenandoah Valley: A directory of local Shenandoah Valley Business to support during COVID-19.  You can list your business or organization for FREE!


  • Staunton Creative Community Fund: Since 2008, the Staunton Creative Community Fund has been dedicated to helping small businesses and serves the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.  They serve as the local hub for entrepreneurial innovation and bring together the talent, creativity, information, funding, and resources that grow a vibrant local economy.


  • Virginia Tourism Corporation: The overriding goal of all of VTC’s activities is to “serve the broader interests of the economy of Virginia by supporting, maintaining and expanding the Commonwealth’s domestic and international inbound tourism and motion picture production industries in order to increase visitor expenditures, tax revenues and employment.”’s Research Team assists with a wide range of tourism-related data analysis and gathering, including the economic impact of tourism on the state and localities, visitor profiles, market share, consumer trends, lodging reports, and the VTC’s advertising and marketing campaigns. The goal of the Research team is to provide detailed and timely information for those in the Commonwealth who are interested in the travel and tourism industry.
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