Recent Grants

Since 1996, the Rutherford County Endowment, in partnership with The Community Foundation, has awarded 174 grants to 57 organizations totaling $1,238,348.

Spring 2017

American Red Cross - Asheville Mountain Area Chapter - $5,000 for programs that provide emergency disaster relief, preparedness education and home fire prevention.

Basics Christian Ministries, Inc. - $7,500 to purchase a used van to pick up donated food for its pantry that serves approximately 500 people monthly.

Foothills Credit Counseling, Inc. - $4,000 to provide basic financial and budgeting education classes to people residing in the Rutherford County homeless shelter.

Forest City Housing Authority - $7,500 to continue a Domestic Violence Education and Support Group and to fund a facilitator to head a research-based curriculum providing workbooks and other reading materials and self-awareness activities.

Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach - $5,000 to help low-income people with emergency financial needs such as medication, rent, mortgage, utilities and gas.

KidSenses Children's INTERACTIVE Museum - $5,000 to help create a new energy exhibit that will educate visitors about electricity.

Pisgah Legal Services - $7,500 to improve the health and well-being of at least 400 low-income children and their families.

Rutherford County Habitat for Humanity - $5,000 toward the purchase of building materials to be used to build four houses.

Rutherford County Senior Center - $6,200 to supplement the Home Delivered Meals program that helps maintain and improve the health of impaired homebound older adults by providing nutritionally balanced meals served in the home.

Rutherford Housing Partnership - $7,210 to buy necessary building materials for volunteers to improve housing conditions for low-income families so that they can remain in their homes and have a safe place to live.

Yokefellow Service Center, Inc. - $6,000 to provide crisis assistance to people with disabilities.

Youth Empowerment of Rutherford County - $7,500 to relocate to a larger facility and to increase advertising to inform social service and mental health agencies about its programs so that more youth will receive services. 

Grants since inception.


The following nonprofit organizations have received grants from the Rutherford County Endowment:
  • Abounding Grace Ministry
  • American Red Cross of Rutherford County
  • Animal Protection Alliance of Rutherford County
  • Basics Christian Ministries, Inc.
  • Building Community, Inc.
  • Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy
  • Communities In Schools of Rutherford County, Inc.
  • Community Clinic of Rutherford County
  • Community Empowerment Project
  • Community Progress Association of Union Mills
  • Consumer Credit Counseling Service of the Carolina Foothills
  • County of Rutherford, North Carolina
  • East Rutherford High School
  • Family Resources of Rutherford County, Inc.
  • First United Methodist Church
  • Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina, Inc.
  • Foothills Mediation Center
  • Forest City Housing Authority
  • Grace of God Rescue Mission
  • Gilkey School Community Center
  • Green Hill School Community Center Organization
  • Heartbeats Pregnancy Center, Inc.
  • Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach
  • Hospice of Rutherford County
  • Isothermal Community College
  • KidSenses, Inc.
  • Learning Tree, Inc.
  • Mountain Area Health Education Center
  • NC Cooperative Extension Service-Rutherford
  • New Beginning Soup Kitchen
  • Pisgah Legal Services
  • Realize Rutherford, Inc.
  • Repay, Inc.
  • Rutherford County Air Rescue Squad
  • Rutherford County Arts Council, Inc.
  • Rutherford County Habitat for Humanity
  • Rutherford County Judicial District 29A
  • Rutherford County Rescue Crew
  • Rutherford County Schools
  • Rutherford County Senior Center
  • Rutherford County Tourism Asset Foundation
  • Rutherford Hospital, Inc.
  • Rutherford Housing Partnership
  • Rutherford Life Services
  • Rutherford Town Revitalization
  • Saint Gabriel's Episcopal Church
  • Salvation Army of Rutherford County
  • Salem United Methodist Church
  • Shiloh-Danieltown-Oakland Volunteer Fire Department
  • South Mountain Christian Youth Camp
  • Spencer Baptist Church
  • Storehouse Pantry of Rutherford County
  • Symphony of Rutherford County
  • Town of Rutherfordton
  • Western Carolinians for Criminal Justice
  • Yokefellow Service Center
  • Youth Empowerment of Rutherford County

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