Local non-profit organizations and school districts are eligible to apply for new Community Health Grants to be awarded by the Grundy County Memorial Hospital Foundation. The grants are available for new or existing projects that address specific health needs in the service area of Grundy County Memorial Hospital, which includes all of Grundy County, southern Butler County, eastern Hardin County, and northern Tama County.
Grant requests should address at least one of four specific areas of community health, which include: improving access to health care, chronic disease management, disease prevention, and wellness, which is defined as activities designed to support healthy behaviors and to improve health outcomes.
"The Foundation is eager to encourage innovative methods of improving the ongoing health concerns of our rural areas. The hospital's Community Health Needs Assessment identified four major areas that need to be addressed, and we're hopeful that the grant program will help stimulate creative ideas and programming in addition to the programs the hospital is working to implement," says Keely Harken, GCMH Foundation Development and Community Outreach manager.
Funds to begin the grant program were raised in the Fund A Need portion of the GCMH Foundation's Gala & Auction, held in February. The first round of grant requests are due August 1st, 2014, and will be awarded September 1st.
Organizations may contact Harken for more information and grant application forms. Phone 319-824-4152 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The hospital's website www.grundycountyhospital.org has additional information on grant qualifications and the review process.