Cancer Coalition providing funds to area organizations

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Emory Prevention Research Center (EPRC), along with the Cancer Coalition of South Georgia and other partners, has given a total of $8,000 to two faith-based organizations in Albany.

Meanwhile, the coalition is also opening up the opportunity to non-profits to apply for the upcoming Cancer Care Grants cycle.

The EPRC, along with area partners -- including the Cancer Coalition -- recently awarded funds to Greater 2nd Mt. Olive Baptist Church and Mt. Early Missionary Baptist Church through the "Prevention Strategies That Work" mini-grants program. Funded through the EPRC's Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network, the program awarded $17,000 to five sites in South Georgia earlier this year, a news release from the Cancer Coalition said.

The mini-grants are meant to be used to assist organizations so they can make healthier choices easier for the people they serve. Each recipient receives up to $4,000 for expenses over one year, and is also receiving staff assistance from Emory to change their settings and organizational polices, officials say.

Meanwhile, the coalition is getting the word out on its 2013 Cancer Care Grant application cycle.

The grants are designed to help support area non-profit, community-based health or advocacy organizations that directly assist residents in the region undergoing cancer treatment.

Officials at the Cancer Coalition say the agency is unable to provide financial support directly to individuals, so it relies on the grant program as an opportunity to help individuals through funding various organizations. Grants up to $4,000 are awarded to programs to assist people with providing medications to manage cancer-related symptoms, cancer-related prostheses, physician recommended nutritional support, medical equipment and supplies, transportation and lodging to medical visits, child care, mobility support and living expenses.

More than $180,000 has been awarded since the grants were first distributed in 2006, officials at the coalition say.

Eligible applicants must serve individuals in the coalition's 32-county area and must not have been funded in both the last two grant cycles. Proposals are due in by Aug. 26.

Applications can be obtained by visiting www.sgacancer.org, or contacting Jennifer Johnston at (229) 312-1700 or jennifer.johnstonsgacancer.org.