Trust accepting health care grant applications

CONYERS — Health Trust Rockdale, the grant-making division of the Hospital Authority of Rockdale County, will accept applications Aug. 12 through 23, kicking off its second grant cycle for 2013. 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 grants cycle and the continuation of our partnership with other organizations committed to addressing the health care needs of Rockdale residents,” said HARC Chairman Benny Atkins, noting that HARC has invested more than $500,000 in charitable health care projects and programs since launching its grants program in May 2010.

Grant applications and grant program guidelines are available on the HARC website at www.rockdaleha.org or may be obtained by contacting HARC Executive Director Julie Mills at 770-922-1441 or jmills@rockdaleha.org.

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. Potential applicants for the 2013 Grant Cycle II should contact Mills prior to Aug. 9.

Among its many investments in charitable health care thus far, HARC has funded programs aimed at promoting healthy pregnancies and infant care; providing transportation for mental health services; ensuring that homebound seniors receive crucial liquid nutritional supplements; screening low-income families for chronic diseases; providing free mammograms to the uninsured; and many other health-related initiatives. Additionally, HARC has financially supported the efforts of Helping Hands and Mercy Heart clinics to serve low-income and uninsured residents.

“With the help of our many partners in community health, I believe we are truly making a positive difference in people’s lives,” said Atkins. “We look forward to continuing these efforts in the upcoming grants cycle.”