Recent Grants

Since 1996, the Rutherford County Endowment, in partnership with The Community Foundation, has awarded 162 grants to 55 organizations totaling $1,164,938.

Fall 2016

Rutherford County Area Habitat for Humanity - $20,000 to purchase building materials for five houses.

Spring 2016

Abounding Grace Ministry - $7,000 to provide services to teen girls and women who are, or have been, incarcerated and addicted to drugs and alcohol to assist them in a positive transition back into society.

Grace of God Rescue Mission - $2,500 to help provide the evening meal for homeless and impoverished men, women and children in Forest City, Spindale and Rutherfordton.

Isothermal Community College - $7,500 to purchase pianos and support a summer program for high school students as part of the new Associate of Fine Arts Degree Program in Music.

KidSenses Children's Interactive Museum - $7,500 to support the "Making Your Own Future" initiative in THE FACTORY, a new facility designed to engage older youth in STEM-related programs.

Rutherford County Arts Council - $8,000 to purchase copier equipment that will enable the Arts Council to create and produce scripts and scores for participants and promotional materials for the Council's cultural events and programs.

Rutherford County Habitat for Humanity - $5,000 for home repairs in the Spindale area to help provide safe and secure housing for low-income families.

Rutherford Housing Partnership - $8,000 to help renovate a Forest City house which will become the sixth rental unit in the Housing Matters program.

Salem United Methodist Church - $2,500 for the Washburn Community Outreach Center to purchase food for its pantry.

Union Mills Learning Center - $5,000 for a summer learning camp experience featuring reading, field trips and activities that will serve 40 youth each full-day session.

Youth Empowerment of Rutherford County - $7,000 to improve food service for afterschool and summer programs that reduce truancy, school dropout, abuse and neglect, gang involvement, substance abuse and hunger in Forest City neighborhoods.

Fall 2015

Rutherford Housing Partnership - $20,000 to hire the construction manager on a full-time basis and to complete at least 100 urgent repairs for low-income homeowners annually.

Rutherford County Senior Center - $12,000 to provide pre-packaged meals on weekends during the winter months to physically or mentally impaired, homebound older adults in Rutherford County.

Yokefellow Service Center - $20,000 to provide heating assistance during the winter months to low-income families in Rutherford County.

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
  • 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.
  • 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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