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Hospital Authority grant applications now open for 2014
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The Hospital Authority of Rockdale County is now taking applications for its first grant cycle of 2014. Last year, they awarded more than $250,000 for charitable health-related projects and programs.

Health Trust Rockdale, the grant-making division of the Hospital Authority of Rockdale County, will accept applications February 24-28. Nonprofit or government agencies working to improve the physical and mental health of Rockdale residents are encouraged to consider applying.

"I am excited about the upcoming grant cycle and the continuation of our partnership with other organizations committed to addressing the healthcare needs of Rockdale residents," said HARC Chairman Allan Jones, noting that HARC has invested nearly $750,000 in charitable healthcare projects and programs since launching its grants program in May 2010.

HARC wrapped up its last grant cycle in December, voting to award $187,780 to 16 agencies, bringing the total awarded in 2013 to more than $250,000. Grant recipients during the last round were the A.R. "Gus" Barksdale Boys and Girls Club, Boyz to Men of Honor, Care and Counseling Center of Georgia, Friends of Disabled Adults and Children, Kimberley Chance Atkins Foundation, Mercy Heart Clinic, Phoenix Pass, Prevent Child Abuse Rockdale, Refuge Pregnancy Center, Rockdale Career Academy, Rockdale Coalition for Children and Families, Rockdale County A.S.P.I.R.E., Rockdale County Public Schools Saturday Choices Program, Rockdale Emergency Relief, Shoal Creek Elementary and ViewPoint Mental Health.

"The Authority is honored to support the wonderful work of these grant recipients," said Chairman Jones.
"They provide much needed physical and mental health services to uninsured and underinsured residents of our community. They meet needs that would otherwise go unmet and, by doing that, they are changing and even saving lives."

Agencies interested in applying for a grant during the upcoming cycle should contact HARC Executive Director Julie Mills at 770-922-1441 or prior to February 21. Participation in a pre-proposal conference/orientation session is mandatory for all new applicants. Previous grantees also should register for a pre-proposal conference if they are seeking funds for a program or project not previously funded. If seeking repeat funding, applicants should notify the director of their intent.