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Special Grants Review Committee Meeting

June 29 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 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

 Special Grants Review Committee Meeting
Monday, June 29, 2020
1:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Zoom Meeting


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: 854 0686 9841 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.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 berecognized 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 June 8, 2020 Meeting Minutes (Attach #1)
Accept and file June 8, 2020 Meeting Minutes

Motion:    Second:      Approve:     Denial:      Abstention Names:

IV. Foundant Grantmaking Software Informational Only
     Mikayla Vale, Client Success Manager, will provide an overview of Foundant grantmaking software.

 V. Grants Applications         Informational Only

  1. View examples of applications – Small Grant, Health/Mental Health Initiative letter of intent and application.
  2. View example of scoresheet for Sponsorship Request
  3. Consider Reviewer role for specific funding requests

VI. Funding Requests           Action Required
Small Grants

A.    Applicant: California State University San Bernardino (CSUSB) Foundation (Attach # 2a, 2b)
       Program: Street Medicine                     Funding Request: $5,000
       Review Rating: 81%

Recommendation:  Recommend funding at $5,000Reviewers expressed concern over financial   support/sustainability of project
Summary: In 2019, the CSUSB Department of Nursing received a one-year grant from the CW Fund to strengthen the street medicine programs in the Coachella Valley. The Department of Nursing faculty and students are collaborating with the University of Riverside (UCR) School of Medicine (to be replaced by the Desert Regional Medical Center medical residents), Well in the Desert, and the Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine (CVVIM). In order to have nursing students involved, the program must have nursing faculty members to supervise them. The CW grant allows the participation of CSUSB Palm Desert campus (PDC) nursing students by funding the service of two nursing faculty members to be their supervisors.
The grant also covers the equipment and supplies the students need to allow them to be most useful. That funding support ends August 31, 2020 so we are proposing a request to RAP to continue the purchase of the essential clinical supplies.The Palm Springs unsheltered population will be served by the street medicine clinic at the Our Lady of Guadalupe free lunch program sponsored by the Well in the Desert on Fridays. The Indio population will be served through the Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine street medicine outreach serving homeless people in their encampments.

Representative: Diane Vines, PhD, MSN, CSUSB Nursing Professor
Interview timeslot: 2:30 PM to 2:45 PM

B.     Applicant: Academic Solutions (Attach. # 3a, 3b, 3c)
        Program: GAR Project             Funding Request: $5,000
        Review Rating:  76.1%

Recommendation:  Recommend $5,000 and additional funding for CNA membership. Focus for CNA is budget and assisting in program details.
Reviewers see this as a pilot project.
Summary:The Gifted & At-Risk (GAR) project is targeted to identify and work with the special population of gifted juveniles who fall through the cracks because of their atypical gifted traits.  For these students to achieve their highest potential, the project will include briefly:

(A) Meeting with school administration confirming program approach and objectives
(B) Assess nominees (including conducting Irlen Syndrome Screening and identifying giftedness)
(C) Initiate the Autonomous Learner Model (ALM) which includes five dimensions to complete by the end of the academic year: a. Orientation b.. Individual Development c. Enrichment d. Seminars e. In-depth study

The higher risk sub-special populations who are potentially within this group are those who are gifted but under-identified and under-served: 1. unidentified and in trouble 2. potentially dangerous to society and themselves 3. economically disadvantaged 4. English Language Learners 5. twice-exceptional 6. females 7. LGTBQ+ and 8. underachieving

Representative:  Holly Armstrong, Founder
Interview:  2:50 PM to 3:05 PM 

VII. James Irvine Foundation Regranting Funds RFP 2020.1 (Attach # 4a, 4b)      Action Required
      Applicant: Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital Foundation
     Allowed to resubmit the application.

Program: Mental Health Therapeutic/Counseling Services          Funding Request: $60,000
    Reviewer rating for Resubmission: 58%              Initial /Reviewer rating: 43%
Summary: Loma Linda University Children’s Health (LLUCH) Indio clinic in seeks to provide behavioral health services to the underserved immigrant population of the Coachella Valley. A large number of those served are part of this population and would benefit from culturally sensitive behavioral health services.

Review time:  3:10 PM to 3:20 PM
Motion:           Second:          Approve:      Oppose:    Abstention Names:

VIII. Rental Waiver Request (Attach #5a, 5b)                     Action Required
Tenant requests 3-month rent waiver
Amount: $1,500
Motion:           Second:          Approve:      Oppose:    Abstention Names:

IX. Funding Request Recommendations        Action Required
CSUSB Foundation Request: $5,000
Motion:        Second:       Approve:        Oppose:         Abstention Names:

B. Academic Solutions Request:  $5,000
Motion:        Second:       Approve:        Oppose:         Abstention Names:

X. Announcements

 XI. Adjourn
     July 13, 2020 meeting canceled
August 2020 Dark

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.


June 29
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm


Eva Guenther-James