Message to local nonprofit organizations: We are in the process of evaluating our competitive grant application process to better serve our community in light of COVID-19.  Please continue to contact us regarding community needs and your organization’s needs. Previously published application dates and processes are for reference only and may not be applicable in the current cycle. Please contact the Foundation for guidance.



Since 1975, the Polk County Community Foundation has been dedicated to advancing philanthropy and improving the quality of life for all citizens in the community centered in and around Polk County, North Carolina. The Foundation receives charitable donations of all sizes from community members and then distributes grants to area nonprofits, awards scholarships to local students, manages endowment funds for local nonprofits, and administers other funds tailored to the specific charitable wishes of individual donors.

We offer a wide range of simple and flexible fund options to help donors meet their philanthropic goals. The Foundation manages permanent endowed funds and non-permanent funds, including charitable remainder trusts, and employs a professional asset manager. Our total assets exceed $60,000,000. We are fortunate that our donors through the years have been generous in their support because community matters.