RHI Legacy Foundation, Inc.

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Mission: RHI Legacy Foundation is dedicated to contributing to quality and accessible health care for the community through a joint venture with Duke LifePoint.  In addition, the Foundation is committed to impact health and wellness in Rutherford County by making grants to support organizations and initiatives aligned with the Foundation's grant focus areas.

Vision: RHI Legacy Foundation will leave a legacy of better health and an improved quality of life for the citizens of Rutherford County.

Annual application deadlines

July 31

Program areas

Environmental, Animals
Human services
Public/Society Benefit

Program limitations

Grants are limited to programs and projects that improve health and wellness in Rutherford County, NC. Grants in the category of environment/animals will be limited to programs that promote active living.

States served

North Carolina

Geographic limitations

Rutherford County, North Carolina

The RHI Legacy Foundation, Inc. supports non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations whose projects serve residents in Rutherford County, North Carolina, with emphasis on the following:

Chronic Disease - Programs and services for cancer, asthma, and diabetes which provide the following:
Health education or screenings with an emphasis on disease prevention

Healthy Eating - Programs and services which address:
Access to sufficient and healthy food for all segments of the community, emphasizing nutrition and the impact of healthy eating on disease prevention
Education on the importance of nutrition and healthy food preparation and their impact on disease prevention  

Active Living - Programs and services which improve:
Physical activity (examples: walking trails, parks and recreation)
Education on health improvements and disease prevention resulting from an active lifestyle


  • To be eligible, organizations must qualify as exempt governmental units, exempt religious organizations, or exempt charitable organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Other 501 (c) organizations may be considered.
  • The benefits of the grant must have a measurable impact within Rutherford County, North Carolina.
  • The programs and services of the applicant must be consistent with the Foundation’s mission and values.
  • All applicants must have a plan to sustain the funded program or project on a continuing basis.
  • Applications must be submitted through the online grant application form or alternative accessible application designed for assistive technology users.


The foundation typically does not fund requests for:

  • Unrestricted endowment funds
  • Debt retirement
  • Grants to individuals

Annual application period and deadlines

July 31

Required agreements and reports

Final reports will be required for funded projects.

About the Foundation

RHI Legacy Foundation, Inc. is the former Rutherford Hospital Foundation. When a new joint venture was formed in June 2014 between Duke LifePoint Healthcare and the former Rutherford Hospital, Inc., assets became available to address health and wellness needs in Rutherford County. RHI Legacy Foundation now facilitates a grant funding process that identifies and selects those programs, projects and/or initiatives which, when funded from the assets, will have a positive impact on the overall health and wellness of those living in Rutherford County.