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Grants Review Committee Meeting

April 19 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 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, April 19, 2021, 1:30 PM PST
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Meeting ID: 860 7561 7543

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: 860 7561 7543, 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.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 Agenda                                      Action Required

Recommendation to approve of the Grants Review Committee April 19, 2021 agenda.
Motion:        Second:           Approve:      Oppose:         Abstention Names:

IV. Approval of Special Meeting Grants Review Meeting Minutes March 29, 2021. (Attach #1) Action Required
Recommendation to accept and file Special Meeting Grants Review March 29, 2021 meeting minutes.
Motion:        Second:         Approve:      Oppose:    Abstention Names:

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

VI. Small Grant Funding Request                   Action Required

A. Organization: Shay’s Warriors (Attach #3, #3A)
Requested amount: $5,000
Program: I AM HOPE ..Life After Cancer
Reviewers Score: 76%
Summary: “Provide Love Bombs to Cancer survivors. These gifts are a collaboration of partnerships with local community businesses shared and assembled in a group setting and personally delivered to recipients, respecting current restrictions. Organize, host and provide a twice-monthly podcast and live small “learn and educate” group providing expertise, information, and services to cancer community and survivors.*Provide tuition assistance for deserving women without any financial ability to participate. Provide full financial coverage for breast cancer women survivors to attend the “I Am HOPE Breast Cancer Survivor Retreat” (when this is permitted due to COVID-19).*Provide regular and continuous updates, information, support and network to cancer survivors either through twice-monthly podcasts, “Talk, Listen, Share” on-line series. Return to breast cancer survivors, the access to information, professionals, and support to continue their journey whether attending the “I Am HOPE Breast Cancer Survivor Retreat” or not.”

Representative: Shannon Moraga, CEO
Interview Time: 1:35 PM

B. Organization: Desert Ridge Academy Parent Teacher Organization (Attach #4, #4A)
Requested amount: $936.00
Program: PTO Funding Request
Reviewers Score: 85%
Summary: “Our PTO is still fairly new and has thus far still managed to get on its feet in achieving some early on set goals for our students, campus, and staff. We spent much of our first two years raising over $20,000 for a new misting system to cool down our 1,400 students during the hot desert months. Finally, last year even with the sudden challenges we were able to have it installed on campus. With COVID-19 pandemic hitting us so hard since then, we have found it extremely difficult to continue our efforts in fundraising and resources that we have hoped to offer our students and staff. There are two impending items we are reaching out on, one is our agreed annual maintenance to our misting system and the other is cost of our liability insurance. We have managed to raise a portion of it through fundraising such as dine-out nights and catalog drives, parent outreach, and smaller contributions from our community members, we have still fallen short and are in dire need of support to continue our 501 c 3 status and efforts.”

Representative: Irene Hernandez, President
Interview Time: 1:45 PM

VII. Performance Grant

A. Organization: Colorado River Senior Citizens/ Colorado River Senior Center (Attach #5, #5A)
Requested amount: $38,000.00
Program: Food & Health Assistance
Reviewers Score: 71%
Summary: “Our current program was to work to control food insecurity and health-related problems in the Colorado River Communities. We were to increase our Meals on Wheels program, develop a good product mix for our Food Commodities program, conduct a Health Fair so that anyone that needed to visit a doctor or get flu shots could, offer a Saturday Breakfast, offer a place for the community to get together to exchange ideas and meet with their neighbors, a just have a place to help the community. COVID-19 changed that. We did react to the COVID problem and were able to ensure that our community continued to fight the food insecurity problem. We, using the proper COVID protocols, increased the number of clients on our Meals on Wheels program, changed the way we handed out our Commodities to a drive-by pick up. We also set up a Grab and Go lunch program for those close by the Center who could drive. In other words, we saw the problem and we did everything we could to ensure that none of our clients were left out.”

Representative: John Ewing, Executive Director
Interview Time: 1:55 PM

VIII. James Irvine Foundation Regranting Funds RFP 2020.1 Applications and budget review  (Attach #6, #6A)
Recommended applications for funding consideration by Reviewers.

A. Consejo de Federaciones Mexicanas (COFEM) (Attach#7A, #7B)
Program Name: Empowering Immigrants in the Eastern Coachella Valley 2.0
Amount Requested: $55,000      Awarded first year at $20,000      Awarded second year at $25,000
Reviewers recommendation: $55,000 plus $6,939 left of money to help Promotoras bring better family behavioral health to the families.
Reviewer Score/Percentage: 73%
Executive Summary– The project will educate community members of constitutional, workers’ and tenants’ rights; inform individuals about the restoration of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program; and provide information on Public Charge and Domestic Violence. Delivery methods will include virtual informational sessions and socially distanced in-person workshops and outreach, a resource packet (online and print), and public service announcements (social media, Facebook and WhatsApp groups, radio, news, and text messages).

Representative(s): Liliana Camacho, Administration and Operations Coordinator
Interview Time: 2:05 PM

B. Inland Congregations United For Change (ICUC)  (Attach#8, #8A)
Program Name: The ICUC Coachella Valley Immigrant Rights Project
Amount requested: $40,000        Awarded first year at $20,000       Awarded second year at $40,000
Reviewers recommendation: $40,000
Review Score/Percentage: 71%
Executive Summary– The Coachella Immigrant Rights project will provide information, know your rights education, rapid response organizing and legal support to immigrants in the Coachella Valley. The collaboration between ICUC congregations, the Inland Coalition for Immigrant Rights and the San Bernardino Community Service Center will serve undocumented families and DACA youth.

Representative(s): Tom Dolan, Ph.D, Executive Director
Interview Time: 2:15 PM

C. Inland Empire Community Partnership (IECP)  (Attach#9, #9A)
Community Partners serves as Fiscal Sponsor
Program Name: Inland Equity Community Partnership Rapid Response Line and Mental Health Therapy Referral
Amount requested: $64,631         Awarded first year at $20,000        Awarded second year at $55,561
Review Score/Percentage: 73%
Reviewers recommendation: $23,061 ($7,500 for Immigration Services includes: $5,000 staff, $1,500 phone, and $1,000 Re-evaluate work with HARC and full amount of $15,561 for Jewish Family Services for Direct Mental Health services)
Executive Summary– This grant will help maintain the CVID rapid response line to refer callers to Jewish Family Services for mental health therapy and support Get in Motion ​Entrepreneurs to raise awareness about mental health services available to immigrants.

Representative(s): Maribel Nunez, Executive Director
Interview Time: 2:25 PM

D. The Carolyn E. Wylie Center for Children, Youth & Families  (Attach#10, #10A)
Program Name: Legal Services for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
Amount requested: $90,000               First Time Applicant
Reviewers Score Percentage: 76%
Reviewers recommendation: $90,000
Executive Summary- We have partnered with Via to provide legal services to assist 20 undocumented/unaccompanied minors who enter the U.S. without lawful status and are not accompanied by one or both of their parents, who qualify for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.

Representative(s): Mickey Rubinson, CEO
Interview Time: 2:35 PM

IX. Use of Fund Approval for Health/Mental Health 2021.01

1. Organization: Vision y Compromiso was granted an additional $5,000 total of $25,000.
Summary: Vision y Compromiso is requesting to use the additional $5,000.We would like to propose that we use this additional $5,000 that the Board has generously offered as economic support for families in need. When promotoras call individuals to follow up after a positive COVID-19 test (for example), they are finding that the need for economic assistance is great.  We recommend purchasing 50 $100 grocery gift cards (total: $5000) which would be a huge help to many people in the Coachella Valley.  This builds on the work we are already doing as well and complements our support to families.  For example, when Oasis lost power a few weeks ago, many families’ food spoiled.  Our emergency response fund was able to respond immediately and we provided 45 families with $100 each.”
Representative: Melinda Cordero-Barzaga, Associate Director Interview Time: 2:45 PM

2. Organization: Palm Springs Boxing Club Approved $15,000 for equipment only.
Summary: “I am a part-time substitute and I made less than $5,000 last year. In order to give away free boxing gear/equipment requires our time, resources, etc. and we hope that we can allocate some funds to these purposes.”
Representative: Mark Tristan, Interview Time: 2:55 PM

X. Funding Request Recommendations       Action Required

1. Small Grant- Shay’s Warriors,$5,000
Reviewer and Staff Recommendation to Shay’s Warriors in the amount of $5,000.
Motion:        Second:       Approve:        Oppose:         Abstention Names:

2. Small Grant- Desert Ridge Academy Parent Teacher Organization, $936.
Reviewer and Staff Recommendation: To fund Desert Ridge Academy PTO in the amount of $936.
Motion:        Second:       Approve:        Oppose:         Abstention Names:

Performance Grant- Colorado River Senior Citizens DBA Colorado River Senior Center, $38,000.
Reviewer and Staff Recommendation to fund Colorado River Senior Center in the amount of $38,000.
Motion:        Second:       Approve:        Oppose:         Abstention Names:

The James Irvine Foundation Re-granting Funds RFP 2021.1

1. COFEM – Request $55,000
Motion:          Second:            Approve:            Oppose:           Abstention Name(s)

2. ICUC – Request $40,000
Motion:           Second:           Approve:           Oppose:            Abstention Name(s)

4. IECP – Request $64,631
Motion:          Second:            Approve:            Oppose:           Abstention Name(s)

5. The Carolyn E. Wylie Center for Children, Youth & Families – Request $ 90,000
Motion:        Second:             Approve:            Oppose:           Abstention Name(s) 

RFP Health/Mental Health 2021.01 Vision y Compromiso was granted an additional $5,000 

1.Staff recommendation to allow funds be used to purchase 50, $100 gift cards for groceries.
Motion:        Second:           Approve:              Oppose:           Abstention Names:

2. Palm Springs Boxing Club
Staff recommendation to allow use of funds to go to staffing and other needs in addition to equipment
Motion:        Second:          Approve:             Oppose:             Abstention Names:

XI. Announcements

XII. Adjourn
Upcoming meeting: Monday, May 10, at 1:30 PM.
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 the 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.


April 19
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm