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Rutherford County Endowment


Kidsenses Children's INTERACTIVE Museum received $5,000 to create a new energy exhibit to educate visitors about electricity.  Photo courtesy of Kidsenses.
The Rutherford County Endowment (RCE) seeks to benefit the broad community and its residents by promoting philanthropy and strengthening charitable organizations serving Rutherford County. 

Grants of $2,500 to $10,000 will be made to nonprofit organizations and public agencies for charitable purposes, including programmatic 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.

Deadlines and Dates


The grant application deadline is 5 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. 


Eligibility

 

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

 

What We Do Not Fund


RCE grants generally do not support: scholarships; sectarian religious purposes; partisan political purposes; endowment funds; deficit funding or debt retirement; festivals or one-time events such as exhibits, performances or fundraisers; or activities taking place or expenses incurred before grant decisions are made.

 

How to Apply


1. Access Community Foundation Staff Assistance

Prior to submitting an application, you are encouraged to discuss your proposal with CFWNC staff. For assistance, contact Virginia Dollar, Senior Program Officer, by email or at 828-367-9907. 

2. Submit a Grant Application 
Access the online process HERE to submit a grant application.  For technical assistance with the online grant system, please contact Diane Crisp, Grants Manager, by email or at 828-367-9904.  Applicants will be notified by email upon receipt of their application.

3. Review Process
Applications are screened for completeness, clarity and compliance with eligibility requirements. Grant proposals are evaluated by RCE'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 
RCE'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.


Additional Information

 

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