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2024 Grants Cycle

The 2024 Grant Cycle is Closed.

Click here to learn about our 2023 grant recipients.

For questions, contact or call 828-222-4350.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Classified as tax exempt public charities under Section 501c (3) of the Internal Revenue Code or government entities serving Rutherford and Polk Counties. 

  • Provide programs and services that are consistent with the Foundation’s mission and values.

  • Demonstrate that the goals of the grant are measurable and sustainable.

  • Only one application submitted per agency and request for only one of the following categories: eldercare, youth development, or wellness.


(this is not an inclusive list)

  • Make grants or loans to individuals

  • Donate to political causes, candidates, organizations, or campaigns

  • Support organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, creed, gender, sexual orientation, or disability

  • Endowments

  • Organizations not supporting the residents of Rutherford/Polk counties

  • Funding for salaries

  • K-12 public or private school, charter school, community/junior college, state/private college, or university. Separate 501c3 organizations established to support a school should contact the Foundation prior to submission to determine project eligibility.

  • Please contact Rita Burch, CEO, at for guidance in determining the eligibility of your organization and/or project.

  • Applications must be submitted through the online grant application form or alternative accessible application designed for assistive technology users.

Grant Year

  • The Foundation grant year begins July 1, 2024, and ends June 30, 2025.

Geographic Focus

  • Rutherford County and Polk County, NC

Questions or Comments?

  • Carolina Foothills Foundation welcomes and values your feedback on the grants process and priorities. 

  • Please direct your inquiries and comments to Rita Burch, CEO, at

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