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Grants Review Committee Meeting

July 13 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

The Regional Access Project Foundation provides funding,
oversight, technical assistance, and guidance to tax
exempt/nonprofit agencies, community-based organizations, or
collaborative groups, which serve the populations of eastern
Riverside County, in the areas of health, mental health, and juvenile intervention

Grants Review Committee Meeting
Monday, July 13, 2020
1:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Zoom Meeting
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This meeting is being conducted utilizing teleconferencing and electronic means only. There will not be a physical location.
Members of the public may be able to participate by telephone, using the following dial-in information: Meeting ID: 845 5134 5926 Phone number: #1 669 900 6833 Reasonable accommodation: Any individual with a disability who requires reasonable accommodation to attend or participate in this meeting may request assistance by emailing evagj@rapfoundation.org. Notification at least 48 hours prior to the meeting start time will enable us to make reasonable arrangements to ensure accessibility to the meeting.


I. Call To Order                                                                                          Chairman Craig Borba

II. Public Comment: Any individual wishing to comment on the agenda or an item not on the agenda may do so by emailing evagj@rapfoundation.org or by calling in at the number above. All emailed comments must be received prior to the 1:30 PM start time. Persons wishing to speak are requested to be recognized at the appropriate time. General comments regarding non-agenda items will be called for at this time. Specific comments regarding agenda items will be called for during the discussion of each item. Please be prepared to limit your Public Comment remarks to three (3) minutes.

III. Approval of Special June 29, 2020 Meeting Minutes (Attach #1) Action Required
Accept and file Special Grants Review Committee June 29, 2020 meeting

Motion:      Second:      Approve:      Oppose:      Abstention Names:

IV. Review Grants Budget Allocation (Attach. #2) Information Only
Review budget allocation FY 2020/2021

V. Funding Request (Attach. #3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e) Action Required
Request related to the Family Stabilization Initiative in response to COVID-19
Organization: Lift To Rise
Program: United Lift Rental Assistance Fund
Request: $100,000
Reviewers Score: 80%

Recommendation: Recommend funding at the full amount
Not a member of the Center for Nonprofit Advancement

Lift to Rise is driving a rapid-response, system-stabilizing plan to strengthen Coachella Valley households financially devastated by COVID-19 economic disruptions. The area of the United Lift Fund which Lift To Rise is responsible for supporting is serves low-to extremely low-income Eastern Riverside County households who are experiencing financial hardship because of the COVID-19 pandemic such that their housing security is at risk. This includes those who have lost income due to COVID related business closures, decreased wages or hours worked, temporary layoffs or suspensions, permanent layoffs, or missing work to care for a school-aged child, as well as those with sudden additional expenses such as new childcare-related expenses caused by school closures and medical expenses related to being ill with COVID-19 or caring for a family member who is ill with COVID-19. Housing risk includes a lack of housing security or stability where a single event, unexpected expenses, or crisis can increase the risk of losing their housing, such as job instability, sudden unemployment, or eviction threat.

Representative: Heather Vaikona, President and CEO
Interview Time: 1:50 PM to 2:10 PM

VI. Rental Waiver Request  (Attach. #4) Action Required
Tenant Rental Waiver Request
Tenant: World Affairs Council of the Desert
Request Amount: $700
Rental Waiver request due to the adverse impact of COVID-19 to programs, events, and fundraising.
Three months – August, September, October reduction by 50% each month of $175 for total $525 and two months – November and December reduction by 25% each month of $87.50 for total $175, $525 for three months and $175 for two months is grand total $700

VII. James Irvine Foundation Regranting Funds RFP 2020.1  (Attach. #5) Information Only
A. Applicant: Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital Foundation
Update on the ability of the Applicant to provide supplemental to application offering
alternate request amount and/or reduce the cost of sessions.
B. Mental health service provider interested to apply.

VIII. Funding Request Recommendations Action Required
A. Special Request –Family Stabilization Initiative
Lift To Rise requests: $100,000

Motion:      Second:      Approve:      Oppose:      Abstention Names:

B. Rental Waiver Request
World Affairs Council of the Desert requests waiver: $700

Motion:      Second:      Approve:      Oppose:      Abstention Names:

IX. Foundant Evaluation      Information Only
Review sample evaluation document available to Committee members as
a feature of Foundant to prepare for meetings.

X. Announcements

XI. Adjourn

Tentative meeting is the first week of August 2020 (August 3-7, 2020)
September 14, 2020
October 12, 2020
November 9, 2020

Agenda Posting: Agendas will be posted on the Foundation website
– www.rapfoundation.org – a minimum of 72 hours prior to the meeting date. All public record documents for matter on the open session of the Agenda are available for inspection upon request, three (3) days prior to the meeting date. If a public record document that relates to a matter on the open session of the Agenda is distributed less than 72 hours prior to the meeting date, the public record document shall be available for inspection, at the same time it is distributed, at the address listed above. Upon request, this agenda will be made available in appropriate alternative formats to persons with disabilities, as required by Section 202 of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


July 13
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm


Eva Guenther-James