About District Grantmaking

Desert Healthcare District Grant Program – 
Policy No. 14-02


The Desert Healthcare District has adopted a Grant Program to invest in non-profits and public agencies whose activities and programs improve the health and well-being of District residents.


The Grant Program has three categories – Grants, Programs, and Projects. A Mini-Grant (NTE $5,000) was also approved by the District.

A Grant (Responsive) is a competitive funding opportunity to support community health and wellness services provided by nonprofit community-based organizations and public agencies in their development and implementation of new programs and services or for limited gap funding of operational support as the result of an unexpected financial challenge.

A Program (Sustaining) (BY INVITATION ONLY) is a contracted defined scope of critical community health and wellness services provided by an established District partner that is a nonprofit community-based organization or public agency. A one- or two-year contract will be executed and will include the defined scope of services and measurable outcomes to be reported on a semi-annual schedule. In partnership with these key organizations, a semi-annual meeting will be held to discuss any on-going program successes and challenges.

A Project (Proactive) is a District and/or Foundation mission-driven collaboration with one or more outside agencies leveraging financial, intellectual, and technical resources to identify and alleviate healthcare disparities, address and improve access to health and wellness services, and create environmental change that support optimal health and a culture of wellness. This may include infrastructure, policy, advocacy, and system change. Projects would be implemented using feasibility and business plan models and secured through an RFP process, MOU or similar agreement. Projects have been identified by category and will be prioritized by the Board. Some projects are ongoing from previous fiscal years and will continue to have District involvement.

Mini Grants allow the Desert Healthcare District community to access support for small health initiatives that possibly do not have the capacity for a large program or project. The mini grant application is processed by the administration of the District. Consideration is contingent upon the availability of funds, community health priorities, and the ability of the applicant to effectively administer the project. The mini grant provides up to $5,000 per one request in a fiscal year. The request must be processed through the mini grant form provided by the Chief Grants Officer’s office. The request must align with the District’s strategic goals and objectives. Mini grants will be approved administratively by the Chief Executive Officer.


The District awards grants only to organizations exempt from federal taxation under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code or equivalent exemption; such as a public agency, program or institution. Except for mini grant recipients, organizations must have current audited financial statements.


Organizations must directly serve residents of the Desert Healthcare District. Agencies physically located outside District boundaries may be eligible for funds upon demonstration that the residents of the District will be proportionately served.

Grants are available to organizations whose activities improve residents’ health within one or more focus areas of the District’s strategic plan. Through investment of its grant dollars, the District supports programs, organizations and community collaborations with potential for achieving measurable results. Consideration is given to projects or organizations that:

· Have proven records of success

· Have potential to impact the greatest numbers of District residents

· Can demonstrate the greatest potential to positively change health-related behaviors

· Are based on research and/or best practices that demonstrate effectiveness

· Have data available to measure progress, outcomes and relevance

Funding Restrictions

The District will generally NOT support the following:

· Individuals

· Endowment campaigns

· Retirement of debt

· Annual campaigns, fundraising events or expenses related to fundraising

· Programs that proselytize or promote any particular religion or sect, or deny services to potential beneficiaries based upon religious beliefs

· Expenses related to lobbying public officials

· Political campaigns or other partisan political activities

· Unfunded government mandates

· Replacement funds to allow funding to be shifted to other programs or budget areas

Projects that fall outside the District’s guidelines will be reviewed on a case by case basis.



o Interest form – Each applicant will complete a Letter of Interest. Guidelines can be found on the District’s website or at the District’s office located at 1140 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262.

o If prequalified, District staff will contact the applicant for a proposal conference/possible site visit.

· STEP 1: Proposal/Application/Budget Development

· STEP 2: Review of Proposal

o Program Committee

· STEP 3: Review /Vote

o Board of Directors

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