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2023 Grants Cycle

Opens March 1, 2023

Closes March 30, 2023

To learn more about our grant opportunities,
we encourage you to attend one of our upcoming orientations:


Thursday, February 2 at 10am

Columbus Library - 1289 W Mills Street, Columbus, NC 28722


Friday, February 3 at 10am

Carolina Event & Conference Center - 376 Hudlow Road, Forest City, NC 28043


To RSVP or for more information, contact us at In your RSVP, please indicate which session you will attend. To learn more about the Carolina Foothills Foundation, please visit us online at 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.


(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

  • 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, 2023, and ends June 30, 2024.

Geographic Focus

  • Rutherford County and Polk County, NC

More Info Coming Soon

  • More information on the grant process is coming soon.

  • 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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