Six Rockdale organizations awarded $5,000 healthcare grants

Photo by Bill Dinicola

Photo by Bill Dinicola

CONYERS -- Six local nonprofit organizations were awarded grants of $5,000 Tuesday night by the Hospital Authority of Rockdale County.

The Kimberley Chance Atkins Foundation, Project ReNeWal, Rockdale County Task Force Against Family Violence, the Rockdale Coalition for Children and Families, Refuge Pregnancy Center, and Prevent Child Abuse Rockdale are the latest beneficiaries of the Hospital Authority's grant program to promote health care in the community.

The Authority made its decisions during a called meeting Tuesday at Rockdale Medical Center.

Authority Chairwoman Ethel Boyle said each organization had to meet criteria that specifically state organizations' efforts must help Rockdale County residents. She said the Authority was pleased that two of the organizations address teen pregnancy.

"We are especially excited by this group and that a couple focus on teen pregnancy," she said. "In our community health care study conducted when we created the grant program, teen pregnancy was a glaring, No. 1 problem in our community."

One grant applicant, Elks Aidmore, was declined funding. Boyle said the children's care center, located on Morrison Road, was well respected in the community for its work but did not meet the grant program's criteria because it assisted children from across the state.

On June 28, the Hospital Authority Board also approved a $3,350 grant for Rockdale Cares and a $5,000 grant for A Special Boutique.

The Coalition for Children and Families, the Kimberley Chance Atkins Foundation, and Project ReNeWal are new grantees.

The Authority's Primary Care Access Grant program and Small Community Projects Grant program are funded through the interest money accrued from the 2009 sale of Rockdale Medical Center to LifePoint Hospitals. The authority has roughly $3.1 million in unrestricted funds.

The deadline for submissions during the grant cycle was May 31. The Hospital Authority received 15 grant applications, with funding requests totaling $279,200. Of those, 12 applications were for Small Community Project grants in the total amount of $59,200. Three Primary Care Access/Clinic grant applications totaling $220,000 were received. All applications have been assigned to an HARC member to lead the review process.

So far, the Authority has voted to award eight of the small community project grant applications totaling $38,350 in funds to be disbursed, according to Julie Mills, HARC grants program director.

That leaves three small community project applications and three primary care access/clinics applications that will need board action, Mills said.