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Rutherford County Endowment Grants

The Rutherford County Endowment seeks to benefit the broad community and its residents by promoting philanthropy and strengthening charitable organizations serving Rutherford County.  

Grants of $2,500-$10,000 will be made to nonprofit organizations and public agencies for charitable purposes, including programmatic needs and capital needs.  Applications for general operating support may be accepted but generally will be given low priority.

Requests that exhibit the greatest community benefit (including requests addressing education; early childhood development; health and wellness; assisting people in need; arts, culture and natural resources; or the environment) will be given the highest consideration. 

Projects should be completed within one year of receipt of grant funds.

Eligibility

Grants are made to qualified 501(c)(3), governmental, educational, and religious organizations serving Rutherford County.

What We Do Not Fund

  • scholarships
  • sectarian religious purposes
  • partisan political purposes
  • endowment funds, deficit funding, or debt retirement

How to Apply

Grant applications are made using the online Foundant system.  Go HERE to begin.  The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. on March 1. If the deadline date is on a weekend or holiday, the deadline is 5 p.m. the next business day.  All applicants will be notified by email upon receipt of their application. For assistance with the application itself or questions regarding the grant program guidelines, please contact Virginia Dollar, Senior Program Officer, at 828-367-9907.  For technical assistance with the online grant system, please contact Diane Crisp, Grants Manager, at 828-367-9904.

Review Process

Applications are screened for completeness, clarity, and compliance with eligibility requirements. Grant proposals are evaluated by the Endowment’s Advisory Board.  Funding decisions will be completed, grant awards announced, and funds distributed by the end of April.  Use of grant funds may begin on or after May 1.

Reporting Requirements

An online end-of-grant report verifying use of grant funds and results will be required.  Instructions will be included in the grant award letter.  Additional reports or site visits may also be required.

Guideline Modifications

The Endowment’s Advisory Board may modify these guidelines, or make exceptions to them, in consultation with the staff of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina.


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