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Grants Review Committee Meeting

September 14, 2020 @ 1:30 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, September 14, 2020 1:30 PM PST


Meeting ID: 836 6839 7277 Dial by your location 1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

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 Code Meeting ID: 836 6839 7277, 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 cdemonaco@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 mailing cdemonaco@rapfoundation.orgor 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 discussion of each item. Please be prepared to limit your Public Comment remarks to three (3) minutes.

 III. Approval of July 27, 2020 Meeting Minutes   Attachment 1   Action Required

           Accept and file Grants Review Committee July 27, 2020 meeting

        Motion:              Second:            Approve:             Denial:              Abstention Names:

IV. Review Grants Budget Allocation   Information Only

Attachment 2                                                                                        Review budget allocation FY 2020/2021

V. Funding Requests

Attachment A1     Attachment A2           

A. Small Grant Requests

Attachment 3A      Attachment 3B

 1. Organization: Alzheimer’s Coachella Valley

Program: Breathing Space

Request: $5,000

Reviewers Score: 80%    Recommendation: Recommend funding at full amount

Not a member of Center for Nonprofit Advancement

Summary: Alzheimer’s Coachella Valley is dedicated to providing charitable support and services to residents with cognitive impairment living in the Coachella Valley, their families and care partners.

“Breathing Space is our respite scholarship program that provides financial assistance for temporary respite care for family caregivers. Studies show that 70% of family caregivers die before their loved one due to stress-related illness. This is why Breathing Space is such a critical program. Alzheimer’s Coachella Valley created Breathing Space in 2019, Our first budget of $10,420 paid for over 200 hours of caregiving assistance to families from November 2019 through March 2020. Caregivers may apply for scholarship for up to $500 per month for three months with re-evaluation each 90 days. Scholarship are paid directly to qualified professional in-home caregivers or to licensed care facilities.  This program serves family caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s/dementia. We currently have five families up for renewal, four more on a wait list and new requests coming in weekly. Based on our current demand, we anticipate the $5,000 grant funds will serve 10 families (20+ valley residents) for up to 100 hours of respite care each. The average rate of professional caregivers is $50 per hour. During this unprecedented time of self-isolation, our family caregivers are in dire need of temporary assistance”

Overall Score: 80%

Representative: Dominick Calvano, President, Board of Directors

Interview Time: 1:45 PM to 2:05 PM                 

2. Organization: Borrego Health

 Attachment 4A    Attachment 4B    Attachment 4C 

Program: Heart to Heart

Request: $5,000

Reviewers Score: 80%                 Recommendation:  Recommend funding at full amount

Not a member of Center for Nonprofit Advancement

Summary: Borrego Community Health Foundation Mission Statement* To be the community leader in improving the health of the populations in our service area.  “Our primary focus is the underserved, with an empowered workforce providing measurable quality and compassionate care. Program/Project Name* Heart to Heart Program/Project Description* Describe the program/project you are proposing and what you plan to achieve. Due to the pandemics impact, many of our most vulnerable patients in the Eastern Coachella Valley are not getting their Blood Pressure (BP) checked on a regular basis.  Many are staying away from the clinics for fear of exposure; many have transportation issues or work conflicts or are afraid of being out in the sweltering summer heat and can’t see their Doctor on a regular basis.  Our providers are frustrated they cannot monitor more closely their patients with the greatest needs.  Our mobile services have been severely curtailed during COVID-19 so how do we connect with our most at risk patients?  Individual BP monitors would connect our patients to their medical home and their PCP. Our Manager at our Oasis Clinic and some Providers asked our Pharmacy for a few of the monitors to see how they would work.  The providers that used the monitors in the trial stated: “they were a blessing”.  These are patients that came in regularly to get their BP’s checked and logged at their Providers request.  This helps them make adjustments to the patient’s medications and/or to detect “patterns” that can assist them in providing better more comprehensive treatments for their patients.  Now facing COVID, transportation, heat and other environmental challenges, these patients are not making their regular visits, which is elevating the risk.”

Overall Score: 86%

Representative: Lenny Pepper, Vice President, Special Programs & Projects

Interview Time:   2:10 PM to 2:30 PM

3. Performance Grant 

Attachment 5A     Attachment 5B     Attachment 5C

Organization: Sanctuary Palm Springs A Transitional Home For LGBTQ & Foster Youth

Program: Renewal Application for Second Year Funding

Request:     $18,750

Reviewers Score: 85.4%   Recommendation: Three of the four Reviewers recommend funding.

Not a member of Center for Nonprofit Advancement

Summary: Sanctuary Palm Springs’s mission is to support the residential, emotional, vocational, and educational needs of LGBTQ youth ages 18-21 as they transition from foster care to adulthood. “Sanctuary entered into a contractual relationship with Dr. Jill Hingston to provide weekly individual therapy to our residents in May of 2019. This relationship with Dr. Hingston has proved to be extremely beneficial to our residents so we intend to continue to contract with her for the foreseeable future”.

Overall Score: 85.4%

Representative: Rob Woronoff, Executive Director

Interview Time: 2:35 PM to 2:55 PM.

C. Sponsorship Request

 Organization:  AFP Desert Communities Chapter

Attachment 6A     Attachment 6B

Event:  National Philanthropy Day

Request:   $2,500

Multiple years approved for Sponsorships

No interview with applicant. Per policy no interview for applicant who has been approved for a Sponsorship two consecutive years. Previous year $2,500 approved because RAP was an honoree.  Prior years, sponsorship approved at Table Sponsor level $1,200.

VI. Funding Request Recommendations                                                                                           Action Required

A. Small Grant– Alzheimer’s Coachella Valley: $5,000

Recommendation: To fund Alzheimer’s Coachella Valley in the amount of $5,000.

Motion:        Second:       Approve:        Oppose:         Abstention Names:

 B. Small Grant– Borrego Health

 Recommendation: To fund Borrego Health in the amount of $5,000.

  Motion:        Second:       Approve:        Oppose:         Abstention Names:

 C. Performance Grant– LGBT Palm Springs Sanctuary

 Recommendation: To fund LGBT Palm Springs Sanctuary in the amount of $18,750.

 Motion:        Second:       Approve:        Oppose:         Abstention Names:

D. Sponsorship Request – AFP, Desert Communities Chapter Pending

 Recommendation: To recommend to sponsor this event which benefits nonprofits in the Coachella Valley.  The amount should be determined by the Committee.

 Motion:        Second:       Approve:        Oppose:         Abstention Names:

VII. Announcements

VIII. Adjourn

  Upcoming meetings: 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.


September 14, 2020
1:30 pm