Media release: In its fourth year of making grants, The Community Foundation for Greater Rome has awarded $216,000 from both the Rome Impact Fund and from multiple Donor Advised Funds.
“We represent a collection of funds,” said Ashley Garner, Executive Director of the Community Foundation. “Each year we are giving larger and larger sums of money to many area nonprofits thanks the generosity of the donors to both the Rome Impact Fund and Donor Advised Funds.”
This year, the Foundation received 14 proposals, totaling $240,000 of requests for the Rome Impact Grant funding and gave away
$28,000 in grants. Donor Advised Fund giving totaled over $188,000 to nonprofits in 2019.
Recipients of the Rome Impact Fund grants were:
- The Boys and Girls Club of Northwest Georgia.
- Elevation House.
- Living Proof Recovery.
Lovejoy Community Services Inc. received a grant from the Christian Church Heritage Fund.
The Foundation’s board awarded $12,500 to the Boys and Girls Club of NW Georgia for the Financial Family Empowerment program which is a financial literacy class offered for free to participants.
The board awarded $12,500 to a collaboration between Elevation House and Living Proof Recovery offering a holistic, peer-based recovery program for adults living with co-existing substance abuse disorder and mental illness.
Lovejoy Community Services Inc. will use its $3,000 grant from the Christian Church Heritage Fund to provide a robotics program for middle school students during their annual Summer Explosion Program.
“We are continuing to see both tremendous need in our community as well as creative and excellent efforts by nonprofits to address these needs,” Garner said. “It is our hope to be able to give increasingly large sums of grants to even more organizations as we grow. There were many excellent proposals we had to leave on the table.”
The Rome Impact Grants were awarded Tuesday, Jan. 21 ,at a presentation event hosted by the Community Foundation in the law offices of McRae, Smith, Peek for grant recipients.