First COVID-19 Grants Awarded to 17 Nonprofits

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May 4, 2020 – The Community Foundation for Greater Rome announces the first round of small grants from the COVID-19 Recovery Fund to 17 nonprofit organizations in Rome. The COVID-19 Recovery Fund is an initiative to help local nonprofits address the long-term needs in Rome and Floyd County as the effects of this global coronavirus pandemic continue to unfold.


“We still have proposals coming in, but at this point the Community Foundation is very proud that we have funded every small grant request we’ve received from nonprofits impacted by COVID-19,” said executive director Ashley Garner. “We will announce another round of grants soon, but we wanted to get this funding out as quickly as possible.”


Along with donations from individuals and transfers from donor advised funds, the Community Foundation’s annual Impact Grant has been redirected to the new Recovery Fund. Donors can still make an online donation to the COVID-19 Recovery Fund by selecting COVID-19 Recovery Fund from the dropdown menu or emailing Ashley Garner to discuss other options. 


The first round of small grants will help 17 different organizations adjust to the new reality of COVID-19. The grants will fund a wide range of needs including personal protective equipment for social workers, to-go containers for free lunches, telephone grocery services for seniors, and filling in gaps from cancelled fundraising events. Grants have been awarded to the following organizations:


  • Open Door Children’s Home

  • Elevation House

  • Community Kitchen

  • YMCA of Rome & Floyd County

  • Mercy Care Rome, Salvation Army of Rome

  • Exchange Club Family Resource Center

  • Free Clinic of Rome

  • Summit Quest

  • Cancer Navigators

  • End Slavery Georgia

  • LivingProof Recovery

  • Rome Action Ministries

  • Boys & Girls Club of Northwest Georgia

  • Rome Shakespeare Festival

  • Tallatoona CAP Inc.

  • Harbor House


The Community Foundation will announce another round of grants from the COVID-19 Recovery Fund in the coming weeks. Donors can donate to the Recovery Fund or other COVID-19 relief efforts by visiting www.cffgr.org/donate or contacting Ashley Garner at agarner@cffgr.org or 706-728-3453.

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