The Highlands Community Foundation announces $17,000 in recent grants to local nonprofit organizations supporting important community initiatives.
The grants include:
— $3,500 to the Highlands Biological Foundation toward the installation of solar panels to heat water for one dormitory at the Highlands Biological Station. This project is a result of an energy assessment conducted by UNC students in 2010 and provides a demonstration site for education of station visitors and community members. The station will cooperate with other local groups, including Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance, to promote the demonstration of energy efficiencies in the Highlands community year round.