FOUNDATION SUPPORT — — While work progresses on the outside of the Capitol Theatre complex at 220 W. Dominick St., the inside, and a children’s film series, will get some help from the Rome Community Foundation. The foundation has announced a grant of $34,000 for the Capitol for a new sound system and the film series. (Sentinel photo by John Clifford)

Rome Community Foundation aids area organizations

Published Feb 9, 2018 at 4:10pm

The Rome Community Foundation has awarded $134,815 in grants to area non-profit organizations in the latest grant distributions for the fourth quarter of 2017.

The grants, ranging from $2,300 to $20,755, were made to 14 area organizations, reports foundation Executive Director Victor Fariello Jr.

The funding was approved at the foundation board’s December meeting based on recommendations from the foundation’s Stevens-Kingsley Fund advisers, the foundation’s Grant Committee and recommendations from established donor-advised funds.

Foundation board members meet four times a year to review requests made by community groups for projects that benefit Rome-area residents.

The Rome Community Foundation has more than $6 million dollars in assets that are under professional management. The income from the investments is used to fund the grants and has grown since the Foundation was established in 1999.

Foundation officers are: David Grow, president; David Engelbert, vice president; Julie Grow Denton, secretary; and Robert Ritz, treasurer.

The foundation has been the recipient of bequests from estates of Rome area residents and accepts contributions and memorial gifts from individual donors.

Donors can request that their contributions be directed to a specific organization or for a specific purpose such as educational, cultural, recreational or health related.

Donors may also request the establishment of a “donor-advised fund” through which the donor may recommend grants to non-profit organizations serving the Rome area.

For information on how to donate to the Foundation or for information on applying for grants, visit or contact the executive director by email at or any officer or board member. Checks should be made payable to “Rome Community Foundation” and sent to PO Box 609, Rome, NY 13442-0609.

Grant recipients named

The Rome Community Foundation has awarded $134,815 in grants to 14 area non-profit organizations in the latest grant distribution.

The grant recipients, and the amounts awarded, include:

  • Ava Dorfman Senior & Community Center — $3,060 for landscaping and software;
  • Capitol Civic Center — $34,000 for new sound system and children’s film series;
  • Christ Church — $8,800 for basement renovation;
  • City of Rome — $3,000 for maintenance of Christmas lights;
  • Jervis Library — $12,500 for computer stations and carpet;
  • Lee Methodist Church — $6,000 for repairs;
  • Rome Baseball Association — $2,300 toward new mower;
  • Rome Cemetery — $10,000 for signage, pond improvement and heating system;
  • Rome City School District for Gansevoort School — $3,000 for shed and tools for gardening program;
  • Rome City School District for RFA Marching Band — $10,000 to retrofit band trailer;
  • Rome Community Job Fairs — $2,500 for computers and printers;
  • Rome Memorial Hospital — $20,755 toward second 3D Mammography machine;
  • Rome YMCA — $5,000 for market study; and
  • St. John the Baptist Church — $12,500 toward parking lot paving.