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Chamber COVID-19 Resources

The Highland County Chamber of Commerce is offering this page as a health and economic resource guide during the coronavirus pandemic.  Please check back often as we plan to update the page frequently.

UPDATED 9/16/21 5:20 pm

The Chamber encourages you to continue to support our members as you can during this difficult time.  Our full business directory has member contact information for you to learn more.

The 2020 Maple Festival was cancelled.  In the aftermath, participating vendors provided the Chamber with contact information for customers to reach out with support.  With the cancellation of the 2021 Maple Festival as well, we have decided to leave this connector page up until further notice.  Any support you can show these talented Arts & Crafts, Food and Information Booth Vendors is greatly appreciated, as they play a critical role in making the Maple Festival a success.  Thank you!
See our 2020 Maple Festival Connector page by clicking here.

Reopening Resources

Thursday, August 26 | 10:30 AM EST

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As more and more employees become vaccinated and return to the workplace, businesses are wondering what they can and should require of their employees and how to best protect themselves and their customers to maintain a safe work environment.

Join the Alexandria SBDC for a presentation by R. Doug Taylor, Shareholder, Bean, Kinney & Korman, P.C., who will address the following questions:

·     Can an employer ask for proof of vaccination status? What should that proof look like?

·     What if an employee refuses to be vaccinated? Can employers terminate for refusal to be vaccinated?

·     Must employers still require masks in the workplace?

·     How may employers encourage vaccinations without requiring vaccinations?

·     Can employers require unvaccinated employees to get tested? Do employers have to pay for that? How frequently can testing be mandated?

·     What if an employee insists on working remotely?

If you have any questions ahead of the webinar, please email them to

State and National Resources on COVID-19

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Website:

Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Website:

Press releases from the Virginia Governor:

Highland County, Virginia Resources on COVID-19

May 26, 2021 Update

From Highland Medical Center ( We are happy to announce that we now have all 3 formulations of the COVID vaccine. We are now able to vaccinate all patients and residents ages 12 and older. We are working with Highland County Public Schools to offer Pfizer vaccines to children 12 and older.

Economic Relief and Opportunities

For Release on September 16, 2021
Contact: Ann Siciliano, 540-432-3863 or

Little Swiss Fund – Grant Application Available

The 2021 Little Swiss Fund grant application is now available!

In 2018, The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County received a $10 million gift from an anonymous donor with instructions for the gift to benefit nonprofit organizations in Highland County, Virginia. The gift established a permanently endowed fund called The Little Swiss Fund, whose monies are annually invested and distributed to benefit Highland County nonprofit agencies with 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt status. This year’s grants will provide approximately $334,821 to charitable organizations. All grants will be awarded in late November 2021.

Organizations must be tax-exempt public charities under IRS Section 501(c)3 or other nonprofit status. Organizations must be physically located in Highland County, VA, and the project or program to be funded must serve the Highland County area. Religious organizations are welcome to apply. Nonprofit organizations must have annual revenues in excess of $25,000 to be eligible. Local clubs (civic and otherwise), and recreational facilities are NOT eligible to apply.

If you have any questions about your organization's eligibility to apply, please contact TCFHR ( or 540-432-3863) before you begin the application. Grants are made without regard to factors of gender, race, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation.

Applications are due November 1, 2021 at 5:00PM.   2021 APPLICATION

About The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County
The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County is a local nonprofit organization that seeks to understand individual, family, business and private foundation interests in order to establish funds to support their charitable goals. Additionally, the Community Foundation provides valuable services, resources, and educational opportunities for nonprofit organizations so that each enhances their capabilities as stewards of their missions for the benefit of our community.

The Highland County Chamber of Commerce continues to look for solutions to get through these uncertain times.  We are reaching out to local, state and national government officials and organizations to locate resources to help alleviate financial strain.  We will update this page as we know more.  If you have suggestions or feedback, please email  Thank you.

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