HCF - Grant Making Policy

Highland Cattle Foundation Grant-Making Policy
Approved: December 11, 2006

The Highland Cattle Foundation (HCF) is a grant-making foundation. As such, HCF will solicit requests for grants from organizations with the capability to contribute to the fulfillment of the HCF’s goals of promoting the 
Highland cattle breed through research and education. Because HCF is not an operating foundation, HCF will not propose, develop, or conduct research programs directly, nor will it develop or conduct education programs. HCF will seek to make grants to organizations where HCF funds can be “levered” by adding theHighland cattle breed to existing animal study groups in programs with research or educational goals similar to HCF.


The Highland Cattle Foundation Board of Directors will consider requests for grants each year in January and June. Grant requests must be received by December 31 or May 31 to be considered in the January or June reviews, respectively. Requests for grants must be in writing and will include a description of:

·         Goals or objectives of the research

·         Outline or summary of research or educational methodology

·         Key participants and their qualifications

·         Existing program to be augmented by the grant and examples of its results

·         Specific deliverables or products

·         Timing

·         Ownership of research product or plan


Grants will be awarded by a majority vote of the HCF Board of Directors. A summary of grants awarded will be reported annually to the American Highland Cattle Association Board of Directors in June. A summary of grants awarded will also be published annually in The Bagpipe.


The Highland Cattle Foundation is particularly interested in developing and communicating a deeper understanding of the characteristics that differentiate Highland cattle from other cattle breeds. Areas of particular interest include:

  • Performance of Highland cattle as foragers in grass-based or legume-based feeding and finishing programs.
  • Use of Highland cattle as browsers to enhance pastures and/or control woody weeds or plants.
  • Performance of Highland bulls as sires for first-calf heifers in terms of birth weight, successful weaning percentage, and calf weight gain.
  • Attributes of purebred Highland and crossbred Highland beef in terms of taste, flavor and palatability compared to other beef.
  • Sources of difference in taste, flavor, and palatability in Highland and crossbred Highland beef in terms of genetics, diet, and/or age of animal at slaughter.
  • Nutritional attributes of Highland and crossbred Highland beef compared to other beef breeds and/or to other meats on dimensions such as cholesterol, fat, omega-3, CLA, and beta carotene.
  • Specific genetic markers occurring in purebred Highland cattle related to beef attributes (e.g., taste, flavor, palatability) or to animal attributes (e.g., temperament, birth weight, back fat, weight gain, range mobility, longevity).
  • Performance of Highland cattle in “fall finished” programs which utilize mature forage together with new growth.