REQUEST-FOR-PROPOSAL (RFP) Health/Mental Health Initiative 2021.01

Regional Access Project Foundation
41550 Eclectic Street Palm Desert, CA 92260

REQUEST-FOR-PROPOSAL (RFP) Health/Mental Health Initiative 2021.01 

Release Date: January 6, 2021, Supporting Existing Programs struggling due to COVID-19  

The RAP Foundation recognizes the financial hardships facing nonprofits as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Therefore, RAP is allocating funds to strengthen and support organizations serving residents in the Fourth Supervisorial District (Palm Springs to Blythe) by focusing on Health and Mental Health (H/MH) Services.

Total Grant Award allocation for RFP H/MH Initiative 2021.1 is $150,000.00 to address one or more of these Funding Goals: 

A. Substance use
B. Depression
C. Anxiety/Stress
D. Homelessness
E. Suicidal ideation/self-harm behaviors
F. Isolation/Grief/Loss

Funding criteria include:
• Limited to nonprofit 501 c 3 organizations
• Fund existing programs struggling to survive/adapt to changes in program delivery
• Fund technology/equipment upgrades for remote service delivery
• Fund in-person service delivery programs negatively impacted by COVID -19
• Targeted Population: Ages starting at 6 years, adults, seniors, and special populations (for example: disabled, homeless, LGBTQ, etc.) especially in remote and hard to reach areas

Please note the following:
• The application is an on-line process and requires an active account to sign in to access the RFP information
• Applications awarded are for a one-year period
• This is a competitive grant program, so not all qualifying proposals will be funded

Incentives are optional:
• Working as a collaborative with another entity – Extra 15 points for proposals
• Programs in the Palo Verde Valley area – Extra 10 points for proposals
• Interest in utilizing Results-Based Accountability, a measurement/evaluation method. Additional funding will be offered to offset staff time – Extra 5 points for proposals RFP Process

Required attendance will be by remote access by a nonprofit representative at one of the
two Bidders listed below

1. Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM, via ZOOM register for the meeting at the below link: 

You must register in advance to attend this meeting: 


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.  

  1. Thursday, January 14, 2021, 1:30–2:30 PM, RAP Foundation, ZOOM 41-550 Eclectic Street, Palm Desert, CA

You must register in advance to attend this meeting: 


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

The Bidders meetings will include a presentation on the Results-Based Accountability framework (RBA) to better understand its use.

RAP launched its new online grant-making software Foundant on July 1, 2020. Applicants with an existing online account can access the RFP by clicking on the link home page. Log on with username and password.

If the applicant does not have an account, click on the link to create an account to establish an account. Thereafter, an applicant can log on with a username and password.

RFP Timeline
1. Stage 1 – Letters of Intent (LOI) must be submitted online by 5:00 PM, Monday, January 25, 2021. Applicants who submitted LOIs will be notified by Wednesday, January 27, 2021, if they are advanced to Stage 2 

  1. Stage 2 – Interviews are conducted with applicants starting January 27 to February 1, 2021. Notification will be given by February 1, if advanced to Stage 3
  2. Stage 3 – Organization must submit a full application online by February 19, 2021 
  • Applications are reviewed and scored by Reviewers in late February/early March 2021 
  •  Applicants interviewed by the Grants Review Committee in mid-March 2021 
  • Applications will be considered at the March 24, 2021 Board of Directors meeting. Note: RAP Foundation reserves the right to modify the schedule of dates/events at any time. Performance Evaluation A. Mandatory Qualitative and Quantitative Reporting is required. 

A. Maximum of 10% of the budget can be included to add a component not already provided, such as an evaluation.
B. Option available is Results-Based Accountability training. This is considered an advanced level of evaluation. Training/evaluation workshops will be made available during the grant period.
C. Grant awards in excess of $20,000 require the utilization of RBA as an evaluation method.

LIST OF REQUIRED DOCUMENTS  The following documents MUST be uploaded with the Letter of Intent (LOI) application in Stage 1 Letter of Intent 

  • Current Board of Directors list and affiliations 
  • Most Recent Form 990 
  • Current Financial Statements (Balance sheet and Revenues/Expenses)  
  • Articles of Incorporation 
  • Bylaws 
  •  Proof of Liability Insurance 
  • IRS determination letter of tax-exempt status 
  • Proposed Program/Project Budget 
  • Audit (or Review or Compilation) report from independent CPA, if available – if not available, you will be required to provide a written letter, signed by the Treasurer, explaining why none of these services have been provided. 

Should you have questions, please contact Christine Demonaco, NPO Centric Services Manager, at or Eva Guenther-James, Grants Program Manager, at