The Laurel Garden Club recently awarded six grants totaling $15,447 to nonprofit organizations in Highlands. These grants are given to promote community beautification and to protect and conserve Highlands’ natural resources and scenic mountain landscapes.
The club has offered these grants every year since 2002 and has given a total of $188,312 to community organizations. The funds are raised from sales of their cookbook Celebrate Highlands (now out of print) and moneys raised from their bi-annual Kitchen Tours.
Coalition for Nonnative Invasive Plant Management (CNIPM)
Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust
Highlands Historical Society
Peggy Crosby Center
The Mountain Retreat & Learning Center
Organizations wishing to receive a grant from the Laurel Garden Club must have reached agreement as to the specific project for which the grant would be given.
Once the purpose of the grant is determined, plans for the project must be made with sufficient specificity to obtain bids or quotes from providers, including but not limited to landscape architects and plant nurseries. The next grant deadline is January 31, 2021.
For more information on the grant process, please visit the Laurel Garden Club website HERE.
Pictured at the top of the article from left are Ruthie Oliver, Brenda Manning (Club President), Pegsie Payne, and Lila Howland. Photo courtesy of Laurel Garden Club.