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Hospital Authority grant cycle open Feb. 23-27
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The Hospital Authority of Rockdale County's grant-giving arm, the Health Trust Rockdale, is accepting grant applications February 23-27 in the first of two grant cycles this year. 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. He said that HARC has invested nearly $1.2 million in charitable healthcare projects and programs since launching its grants program in May 2010.

HARC wrapped up its last grant cycle in December, awarding $318,761 to 11 agencies, bringing the total in 2015 to more than $422,000.

Grant recipients during the last round were the A.R. "Gus" Barksdale Boys and Girls Club, CaringWorks Inc, Friends of Disabled Adults and Children, Mercy Heart Clinic, Phoenix Pass, Prevent Child Abuse Rockdale, Refuge Pregnancy Center, Rockdale Coalition for Children and Families, Rockdale County Autisum Support Group, Rockdale County Public Schools Saturday Choices Program, 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 20. 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.

The Hospital Authority of Rockdale County oversees Health TRUST Rockdale, a charitable healthcare grants program. The trust was created using proceeds from the 2009 sale of Rockdale Medical Center to LifePoint, Inc.