Rutherford County Endowment

Kids playing at the Children's Interactive Museum
KidSenses Children's INTERACTIVE Museum received $8,000 to support Fantastic Fridays 2018, a program that offers free admission and STEM educational programs on the first Friday of each month. 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.

If an organization other than the applicant will benefit from the grant, then the applicant should include a letter of endorsement from that organization.

Projects should be completed within one year of the award.

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.
  • An eligible organization may only submit one application per year

What We Do Not Fund

Grants generally do not support: annual giving campaigns, endowment funds, debt repayment, sectarian religious purposes, partisan political purposes, or activities taking place or expenses incurred before grant decisions are made.

How to Apply

1. Access Community Foundation Staff Assistance

If you would like to discuss your proposal or have questions regarding eligibility, you are welcome to contact Virginia Dollar, Senior Program Officer, by email or at 828-367-9907.

2. Submit a Grant Application

Access the online process 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.

For additional information, visit Recent Grants.

Return to Grants Directory