Bethlehem Press

Monday, October 15, 2018

R.K. Laros Foundation announces grants

Monday, January 8, 2018 by The Press in Local News

The R.K.Laros Foundation, established in 1952 by Laros Silk Mill founder and owner R.K. Laros and his wife Helen, announced the annual award of grants to 12 local nonprofit organizations Dec. 22.

Grants were awarded to the following nonprofit organizations: The Bethlehem Public Library, $10,000 in support of the creation of a Community Room; Bethlehem Sheltering, Inc., $20,000 for capital modifications required for their single site overnight shelter; Charter HS for the Arts $15,000 for an Ensemble Practice Room; Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, Inc., $20,000 to purchase two pediatric cribs designed to facilitate infant recovery; Meals on Wheels, $20,000 in support of their current campaign to expand the Northampton County facility; The Moravian Archives $20,000 for a Book and Manuscript Scanner to digitize their collection for expanded access by the public; Rosemont Lutheran Church $25,000 for steeple and sanctuary window repairs; School Sisters of St. Francis $10,000 for the construction of an equipment garage to support their community garden project providing fresh fruit and vegetables to Lehigh Valley food banks; Stephen’s Place, $1,027 for the replacement of the front door; The Five Star Project, $20,000 for materials for collaborative renovations at the Bethlehem Boys and Girls Club; VIA of the Lehigh Valley, $10,000 for roof repair; and the Wildlands Conservancy, $10,000 for the restoration of the Monocacy Creek at Illicks Mill.

Foundation trustees will present the grants throughout January.

The R.K. Laros Foundation provides grant support with a focus on enduring capital projects with community impact in the Bethlehem area. Grant proposals will be accepted Sept. 11 - Oct. 16 in 2018. Grant applications are available at, or for other grant questions contact Executive Director Sharon Jones Zondag at through the site.