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Mountain Findings Thrift Store
Grants Program

Organizations interested in a 2024 grant should contact Marilyn Rupp at by January 2, 2024.  See important details below.


Mountain Findings’ Grants Program provides funding for projects that strengthen the Highlands-Cashiers, NC community, especially for the economically distressed or disadvantaged, including animals.


We assist organizations that:

  • Serve local populations for which our limited funding will make a significant impact.

  • Seek to improve the lives of others without imposing religious views or persuasion.

  • Lack a well-organized fundraising arm.

  • Provide resources and services free to the disadvantaged within the local community.

  • Rely on the help of volunteers.

  • Duplication of services already funded will be given low priority.


Priority is given to these focus areas:

  • Human welfare

  • Youth enrichment

  • ​Conservation and the Environment

  • Animal welfare

  • Cultural Enrichment

  • Civic engagement

  • Public Safety



Eligible applicants are 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and government entities.

Organizations serving a regional population may be considered when evidence of the grant’s direct impact on the Highlands Plateau is provided.

Grant funding may not be used for employee travel expenses, contract wages or staff salaries.

Amount of funding

No individual award exceeded $25,000 in 2023.  New applicant organizations are generally limited to an award maximum of $5,000. 

Application Timeline

January 2, 2024 – Due date for letters of interest. Your letter should include the name of the contact person, email, phone number and mailing address and state the anticipated monetary request and intended use of funds.  Submit to Marilyn Rupp at

February 2024 – Applications to apply will be mailed to organizations meeting the eligibility and priorities established for 2024.


April 1, 2024 – Applications are due.


July 2024 – Grant awards are announced.

In the awarding of grants and scholarships, Mountain Findings, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, sexual orientation or military status.

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