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Carolina Foothills Foundation 2023 Grant Cycle Now Open

Forest City, N.C. - March 1, 2023 - The Carolina Foothills Foundation’s (CFF) 2023 grant cycle is now open to nonprofits in Polk and Rutherford Counties serving the areas of elder care, wellness, and/or youth development. Grant applications can be found online at and applications are due by 5:00 p.m. EST on March 30, 2023. Grant recipients will be notified by June 16, 2023. 

“We are thrilled to launch our first grant cycle and look forward to funding the important services of so many nonprofits in Rutherford and Polk Counties. Our goal is to give grants to nonprofits that are addressing the critical needs facing our communities, but primarily our elders and youth,” said Rita Burch, CEO of the Carolina Foothills Foundation. 

The Carolina Foothills Foundation, a 501c(3) public charity, was formed in May 2022 after the former Hospice of Rutherford County/Hospice of the Carolina Foothills sold the hospice license and started the foundation with the proceeds. Hospice of Rutherford County provided hospice and palliative care to the North Carolina region for 40 years, starting in 1982. The organization merged with Polk County’s Hospice of the Carolina Foothills in 2016.

Born from a legacy of caring for the critically-ill and elderly, CFF aims to focus most of its giving to nonprofits providing elder care. Examples of these services include increasing access to essential needs such as food, shelter, and utilities, minimizing barriers to quality healthcare services, creating opportunities for older adults to be socially active in their communities, or providing elder law services to assist with elder abuse, consumer fraud, or end of life planning.

CFF also invests in nonprofits working to remove barriers that prevent youth from reaching their full potential, as well as charities that offer wellness services to respond to urgent needs of its communities and connect individuals to the care they need to improve overall health outcomes, well-being, and quality of life. 

For a complete list of eligibility requirements and limitations, as well as a step-by-step guide of the grant application, please visit or contact CFF at or 828-222-4350. 

About the Carolina Foothills Foundation
The Carolina Foothills Foundation (CFF) is a community-based, 501c(3) charitable organization that provides funds and other support to meet the many health challenges that face people in Rutherford and Polk Counties. We provide direct support and empower carefully selected non-profits to impact individual and community wellness in the areas we serve, which are elder care, youth development, and wellness. Learn more at or call 828-222-4350.


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