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Authority to offer more health grants

Photo by Bill Dinicola

Photo by Bill Dinicola

CONYERS -- The Hospital Authority of Rockdale County announced Friday it will open a second round of grant applications for health-related initiatives and programs in the community.

Funds are available through the Hospital Authority's Primary Care Access Grant program and the new Small Community Projects Grant program that was launched in May.

Primary care clinics and providers and community health programs will be eligible to apply for grant money to be used to respond to the health needs of Rockdale County.

"We were very pleased with the quality of applications that we received when we launched this program and are excited to be opening up the process again," Hospital Authority Chairwoman Ethel Boyle said in a press release. "Our grantee partners are effective, efficient and creative in their efforts to improve the overall health of the citizenry. They are clearly dedicated to this cause, and I am delighted that the authority is able to support their work."

The Hospital Authority awarded $120,000 to 16 nonprofit and not-for-profit service providers from that first round of grants earlier this year.

The programs are funded through the interest money accrued from the February 2009 sale of Rockdale Medical Center to LifePoint Hospitals. The authority has roughly $3.1 million in unrestricted funds.

The Hospital Authority offers two types of grants:

  • Small community grants of up to $5,000 to fund health-related community projects or programs.

  • Primary care access/clinics grants for organizations working to ensure that all citizens in the community have access to primary care.

Applications may be downloaded from the authority's Web site, www.rockdaleha.org. The deadline to apply for this round of small community grants is Dec. 31. Primary care access/clinics grant applications must be submitted by Jan. 31.

Applicants with questions should contact Judy Usry at 770-922-1441 or jusry@rockdaleha.org.