Rome Community Foundation aids 19 area agencies, organizations


The Rome Community Foundation announced this week that it awarded $146,961 in grants to area charitable organizations during the last quarter of 2018.

The grants, each between $1,000 and $15,000, were
distributed among 19 tax-exempt organizations.

The recipients were:

Capitol Civic Center, for organ repair: $15,000

Jervis Library, for carpeting: $15,000

First Baptist Church, for the bell tower project: $15,000

YWCA, for renovations to the Lucy House: $14,000

Rome Cemetery Association, for equipment: $11,000

Salvation Army of Rome, for carpeting and painting: $10,000

Ava Dorfman Senior Center, for National Grid program: $8,800

Humane Society of Rome, for a new van: $7,500.

St. John the Baptist Church, for construction: $7,500

Maranatha Church, for renovations: $7,000

CABVI, for its vision program: $7,000

Rome Community Theatre, for a storage unit: $6,011

Delta Lake Bible Conference Center, for air conditioning: $6,011

Rome City School District music program, for instruments: $5,500

Hospice and Palliative Care, for telehealth/telemedicine: $3,500

Rome Art and Community Center, for a sound garden: $3,150

Rome Baseball Association, for fencing: $3,000

The City of Rome, for Christmas lights: $1,000

Zion Episcopal Church, for renovations: $1,000

Foundation executive director Victor J. Fariello Jr. said that the funding was approved by the organization’s board of directors based on recommendations of the foundation’s Stevens-Kingsley Fund advisors and the Grant Committee. The board of directors meets quarterly to review such grant proposals.

Now in its 20th year, the Rome Community Foundation has more than $6 million in professionally managed assets, proceeds from which are used to fund area community organizations through quarterly grants.

“We are very proud of our two decades of helping Rome area organizations which have sought our help to meet their capital needs,” said Foundation president David Grow. “We hope 20th anniversary activities will increase awareness of what the foundation is and what it can do for the betterment of the Rome area.”

To learn how to donate to the RCF, or for information on applying for a grant, visit or contact Victor Fariello at Checks should be payable to “the Rome Community Foundation” and can be sent to P.O. Box 609, Rome, NY, 13440.


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