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Special Meeting Grants Review Committee Meeting

March 29 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Well in the DesertThe 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 Meeting

Grants Review Committee Meeting

Monday, March 29, 2021 1:00 PM PST

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Meeting ID: 896 6910 3942

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:896 6910 3942, 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 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 March 29, 2021 agenda.           

Motion:              Second:            Approve:             Denial:              Abstention Names:

IV. Approval of Special Meeting Grants Review Meeting draft minutes.  (Attach #1)Action Required

Recommendation to accept and file Special Meeting Grants Review draft minutes for March 15, 2021.

Motion:              Second:            Approve:             Denial:              Abstention Names:          

V. COVID-19 Recovery Funding Requests

Collaboration with Desert Healthcare District and Foundation  (Attach #2) 

RAP and Desert Healthcare District each contributed $100,000 and each entity has selected the applications that they will consider. RAP will consider 17 applications. The total amount requested is $169,693. The Readers have determined to fund for two tiers. Tier one includes only $100,000 which was allocated by the Board.  Tier two takes into account that there is $50,000 unallocated and can be made available by the Board if desired.

Tier one: $100,000 Tier two: $50,000                                                                    Action Required

A. Organization: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Desert  Requested amount: $10,000 (Attach #3) (Attach #3B)

 Project: Keeping Kids Connected through One-to-One Mentoring

Summary: “Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Desert offers three Core Mentoring Projects for Coachella Valley youth: Community-based and E-mentoring and Empowering Potential Project. Prior to COVID, we offered a Site-Based Project but can’t under the current restrictions.”

B. Organization: Desert Cancer Foundation  Requested amount: $10,000 (Attach #4)  (Attach #4B)                               Project: Patient Assistance Project         

Summary: “Desert Cancer Foundation’s (DCF) grant request aligns with DHCD’s Strategic Plan Focus Area Priority 3 – Community Health & Wellness.  DCF’s Patient Assistance Project provides financial assistance to local residents who cannot afford their cancer care and treatment. The Project ensures we are providing access to health/medical services that impact the individual’s health status and wellbeing.”

C. Organization: Palo Verde College Foundation Requested amount: $10,000 (Attach #5) (Attach #5B)

Project: PVC LVN COVID-19 Grant

Summary “The Palo Verde College Vocational Nursing Project is a 3 semester or 1 1/2 year Project, providing a skilled nursing workforce for Southern California Hospitals and medical offices and centers.  The current vocational nursing Project is in its second of three semesters and will soon begin to need to travel out of the area of Blythe, California to gain their practical experience.  Students will need to travel Indio, California and Parker Arizona to gain the necessary experience in hospital settings.”

D. Organization: The LGBT Sanctuary Palm Springs  Requested amount: $10,000 (Attach #6) (Attach #6B)

Summary: “Sanctuary Palm Springs is licensed by the California Department of Social Services’ Community Care Licensing Division to operate our Transitional Housing Project for Non-Minor Dependents. Our mission is to address the residential, emotional, vocational, and educational needs of LGBTQ transition age foster youth (TAY), ages 18-21. By providing a home where they feel safe, supported, and respected we prepare our residents for safe, stable, and sustainable adulthood.”

E. Organization: Ronnie’s House of Hope  Requested amount: $10,000  (Attach #7)  (Attach #7B)

Project: Grief Groups      

Summary: “Our services are vital to the emotional and mental growth of our children coping with loss. Unresolved grief can lead to depression, anxiety, self-medicating and drug use, loss of interest, isolation and so much more. Our services can help children feel like they are in a safe place to explore and work through the very complex and unique emotions that come with grief. We can give them skills to recognize and give a name to what they feel.”

F. Organization: Well in the Desert      Requested amount: $10,000  (Attach #8)  (Attach #8B)

Project: Well in the Desert COVID Crisis Assistance     

Summary: “Our organization, in coordination with the California State University – Palm Desert Campus – Nursing Project – provides weekly medical Free Clinics to our population we serve.  The Desert Health Network Family Practice Residency Project also provides Bi-weekly Free Clinics at the same location.  We provide information and referrals to local COVID19 services. We direct our clients to COVID testing services and assist with on-line registration when needed.”

G. Organization: Desert Best Friend’s Closet     Requested amount: $10,000 (Attach #9) (Attach #9B)

Project: Interview Support Project          

Summary: “Interview Attire Project provided personalized image consultation to update clients wardrobe with appropriate interview apparel and advice/tips for virtual interviews. Bridge to Employment workshops teach job search readiness strategies including master application, resumes, cover letters, on-line search strategies and interview skills.  Job Club after completing Bridge to Employment, clients meet weekly to receive Job Developer and peer support on job searches.”

H. Organization: Olive Crest          Requested amount: $10,000 (Attach #10)  (Attach #10B)

Project: COVID-19 Emergency Support for Vulnerable Children/Families in Coachella Valley

Summary: “Olive Crest cares for nearly 400 vulnerable young people/families daily throughout the Coachella Valley—individuals who were already in crisis before COVID-19 and who now face even greater uncertainty, instability, and compounded trauma.”

I. Organization: Martha’s Village and Kitchen, Inc.  Requested amount: $10,000 (Attach #11) (Attach #11B)

Project: Housing and Wrap-Around Services- COVID-19 Safety Project  

Summary: “It is imperative that Martha’s has the funding necessary to ensure the continued health of Martha’s homeless and impoverished clients as well as its staff who have continued to serve throughout the entire pandemic. Martha’s understands the significance of remaining diligent in regards to taking the necessary steps to overcome the significant, health risks inherent in providing homeless housing and wrap-around services during a global pandemic.”

J. Organization: Desert Blind Association, Inc. Requested amount: $10,000  (Attach #12) (Attach #12B)

Project: Transportation Services 

Summary: “Desert Access and Mobility provides transportation services to the elderly, blind and those persons who cannot drive safely. We transport our clients to medical, appointments, grocery stores, senior centers, work and personal appointments.  We are a door through door service and only one of our kind in the Coachella Valley.”

K. Organization: Mizell Center Requested amount: $10,000 (Attach #13) (Attach #13B)

Project: Mizell Center Health and Safety Upgrades       

Summary: “Meals on Wheels home delivery and congregate meal site programs remains a critical component of our clients’ overall health and well-being.  For seniors who are homebound due chronic heath and/or age-related issues, the Meals on Wheels program is a true lifeline.  The isolation many of our clients were already experiencing has been exacerbated by the onerous restrictions of the pandemic.”

L. Organization: Boys and Girls Club       Requested amount: $10,000 (Attach #14) (Attach #14B)

Project: Power Hour/Brain Gain  

Summary: “This program provides the youth with an opportunity for academic and social-emotional skill development with interactive project-based activities that allow for authentic inquiry and problem-solving.  It has effectively addressed the needs aligned with common core anchor standards, engaging academic activities, and building academic skills.”

M. Organization: Adult Health and Fitness        Requested amount: $10,000 (Attach #15) (Attach #15B)

Project: Balanced Living Exercise Nutrition and Lifestyle

Summary: Balanced Living – Exercise, Nutrition and Lifestyle                                                                                                        BL consists of: 20 pre-recorded exercise classes offered in progressive levels, 40 sessions total. These videos, along with written materials (for PDF download) and an instructional manual will be provided offering step-by-step instruction on class facilitation.”

N. Organization: Desert Arc                  Requested amount: $10,000  (Attach #16) (Attach #16B)

Project: Pathways to Employment Essential Worker Program for Adults with Disabilities during COVID-19

Summary: “The program provides employment training using the concept of academies to assist clients obtain and retain community employment in the Coachella Valley. Clients in the Desert Arc employment program are low-income residents with developmental/intellectual disabilities who need the opportunity to participate in training that will increase their employment opportunities as essential workers providing needed community services.”    

O. Organization: Academic Solutions Requested amount: $10,000  (Attach #17)  (Attach #17B)

Project:Trajector Learning Conception project (TLC)

Summary: “At the beginning of the 2020/2021 academic year, Academic Solutions USA began tutoring homeschool students who had started failing school after the onset of COVID-19.  One student had attended a private school and was forced to sit in front of his computer for eight hours per day.  His mom said if she did not receive help with his education, she would consider pulling him out of school for a year, if needed.  With us, his grades and emotional well-being immediately improved.  During one conversation his mother cried, saying he is a different boy now; he looks forward to learning.”

P. Organization: Inland Equity Partnership Requested amount: $9,693 (Attach #18) (Attach #18B)

Project: Rapid Response Line COVID-19 Immigrant Medical Services Resources

Summary: “In response to the COVID-19 emergency, Inland Equity Partnership and Coachella Valley Immigrant Dignity have been working to keep ourselves, our volunteers and coalition partners aware of the various measures taken by the many jurisdictions. The CVID Rapid Response line provides immigration, social service, health care, mental health and peer support referrals. We have translated the various resources available for rent relief by Riverside County and the programs offered by the cities. The moratoriums on evictions vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction and some resources are available to immigrants in some places depending on the program’s funding source..”

Q. Organization: Cathedral Center Requested amount: $10,000 (Attach #19) (Attach #19B)

Project: Cathedral City Senior Center Operating Funding to Continue and Improve Beyond Current Essential Services

 Summary: “CCSC addresses epidemic-related hunger, financial need, and isolation.  A weekly food bank serving hundreds, a daily warm lunch, weekend meals, emergency food bags, frozen weekend meals, grocery store gift cards, and other nutritional offerings compose a set of grab and go and delivery services to meet a growing need for food.”

VI. Staff recommendation as stated on the spreadsheet and agreed upon by consensus. Action Required

Motion:        Second:       Approve:        Oppose:         Abstention Names:         

VI. Announcements

VII. Adjourn

Upcoming meeting: Monday, April 19, 2021 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 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.




March 29
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm