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The Highland Center

Total Qualifying Score: 9
County (ARC Region): Yes
State (ARC Region): Yes
Q3. IRS Status: Nonprofit – 2
Q4. Parent Entity: No – 1
Q5. 2 or More Full-Time Employees : Yes (as of 12/31/2019)
Q7. Budget Level: $250,001 to $1.5 million – 5 (Last Fiscal Year Actual Income)
Q8. Restricted Reserves: No – 1
Q9. CARES Act Funding: Yes – 0
Q13. Participation by Executive: Yes


The Highland Center
Monterey, Highland County, Virginia 24465

County (ARC Region) Highland
State (ARC Region) Virginia


Q1. Mission:

A catalyst for economic and cultural development.

Q2. How organization aligns with ARC’s Plan & Goals:

The Highland Center is a business incubation facility with coworking space to support new and existing businesses. The Center has invested in high speed fiber optic internet throughout its entire building to support tenants, visitors, virtual meetings, classes, workshops, etc. The Center has invested in video equipment for the conference room to support the virtual environment and is seeking additional funds to add additional video conferencing equipment to additional conference rooms. The Center’s Executive Director is a member of Highland County’s Economic Development Authority and works closely with County officials and business leaders to promote and support economic development in the county. The Center sponsor’s a SCORE program to support new and existing business’s.

The Center hosts and provides support to the County’s GED program.

The Center’s Executive Director is a professional engineer who works with the Town of Monterey and Highland County to support them in their engineering needs.

The Center hosts the area’s meal-on-wheels program in its certified commercial kitchen. The program delivers over 350 meals a week to area residents. The Center hosts and runs a weekly farmer’s market at the Center’s pavilion May -October promoting local foods and healthy eating.

The Center works with the County’s Chamber of Commerce promoting the area as a tourist destination as it relates to Highland’s heritage in maple sugar production, the Little Switzerland Cloggers, etc.

The Center sponsor’s and runs the County’s Youth Employment Program in cooperation with the Highland Public School system.

The Center sponsor’s and runs the County’s Youth Philanthropy Council in partnership with the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge. The Center works with a group of the County’s high school age youth teaching about the importance of philanthropy and the program cumulates in the award of grants to area organizations. The grant funds are provided by the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge.

Q3. IRS Filing Status: 501(c)(3)   

Q4. Unit or Chapter of Larger Organization: No

Q5. Employees:

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 3/1 (as of 9/1/2020)

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 2/1 (as of 12/31/2019)

Current Year Income/Expenses: $306,482/$310,556

Q6. Fiscal Year: Calendar

Q7. Budget Level

Last Fiscal Year Income/Expenses (Actual): $-122,567 / $319,961

Current Year Income/Expenses (Projected): $306,482 / $310,556

Q8. Restricted Reserves (Amount): No ($)

Q9. CARES Act Funding (Amount): Yes ($172,300)
Received From: US Treasury – Small Business Administration   Date Received: EIDL advance: 21Apr2020; PPP: 4May2020; EIDL loan: 23Jun2020
For What Purpose(s): Payroll and general operating expenses.

Q10. Negative Impacts from COVID-19:

The Center had to close its facility to the general public and only let people in on an as needed basis. 

The Center has two essential businesses, Highland Children’s House and Meals-on-Wheels, which occupies space in the lower level of the Center. Highland Children’s House is the county’s only licensed daycare facility which opened in August 2019. Meals-on-Wheels is critical to providing meals to area residents. Since both these organizations occupy space in the lower level of the Center and they are critical to support our community especially in the COVID situation, the Center has closed the lower level to all except Highland Children’s House, Meals-on-Wheels, and Center staff except in rare cases.

The Center has loss significant income due to the cancellation of the Maple Festival in March. Numerous activities which would have generated income had to be canceled.

Numerous events which would have generated income had to be cancelled due to the COVID situation.

 Fundraising has been down due to the economic situation created by the COVID situation.

Q11. Top Three Concerns:
Long term financial stability due to cancellation of events due to COVID.
How to support the community taking into account COVID operating requirements.
What actions will have to be taken if we have to close the facility due to a positive COVID case.

How Participation in Program Will Address Concerns:

The fundraising course will provide guidance on how best to do fundraising especially in lite of the COVID situation.

The long term financial management course will hopefully outline how to prepare for long term financial stability and how to prepare for unforeseen circumstances that may arise.


Q12. Applying as a Proposed Cohort? Yes

List of Organizations in Proposed Cohort:
Highland Children’s House

Q13. Executive Director or CEO Will Participate in the Program? Yes

Q14. Top Two Choices for Cohort Instruction:

Course #1 Choice: 1-Fundraising

Course #2 Choice: 2-Long-term Financial Management

Q15. Desired Course Schedule for Cohort Instruction:

#1 Desired Course Schedule: 1-Winter 2021 A: 5-Week Course (Jan. 25, 2021 – Feb. 28, 2021)

#2 Desired Course Schedule: 2-Winter 2021 A: 5-Week Course (Jan. 25, 2021 – Feb. 28, 2021)


Name: Henry Budzinski, Executive Director

Application Approved by Organization Director or CEO? Yes, Approved by Executive Director/CEO

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