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Advancing Community wellness in the Coachella Valley

COVID-19: District and Foundation establish grant opportunities to help


On March 24, 2020, Desert Healthcare District and Foundation’s Board of Directors met by teleconference during the onset of the COVID-19 public health crisis. Heeding the city of Palm Springs’ shelter-in-place order, our Board convened virtually to review and approve grantmaking to address key determinants of health and move us forward in achieving our mission to achieve optimal health at all stages of life for all District residents.

In keeping true to the District’s vision of connecting Coachella Valley residents to health and wellness services and programs through philanthropy, health facilities, information and community education, and public policy, the Board also explored and endorsed the District and Foundation’s approach to responding to community prevention needs related to COVID-19.

How we will help:

The Desert Healthcare District and Foundation (DHCD/F) and Regional Access Project Foundation (RAP), in direct response to the COVID-19 relief effort, have pooled dollars in an Emergency Collaborative Fund for Nonprofits Serving the High-Risk Population. The priority area for this funding is to provide operating support to community-based organizations serving vulnerable and high-risk populations directly impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis, and to ensure these populations are safely sheltering-in-place. Examples of vulnerable and high-risk populations could include, but are not limited to, homeless, elderly, special needs, chronic and long-term illnesses or health conditions/diseases.

Funding Criteria:

Through the DHCD/F – RAP COVID-19 Emergency Collaborative Fund, the District and Regional Access Project will make a limited number of one-time grants (up to $10,000) to nonprofits that are continuing to provide direct services during this time of the COVID-19 outbreak and are serving populations at-risk of elevated exposure, and morbidity and mortality due to COVID-19.

The Emergency Collaborative Fund will be housed at the Desert Healthcare District/Foundation. The grant time period is for three months, beginning April 1, 2020 with a project end date of June 30, 2020. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, with a deadline to apply by 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, 2020. We will make every effort to provide the approved funds in a timely manner.

Reporting requirements will be minimal, with information collected about numbers served, impact on the community and/or nonprofit operations, along with receipts on how the funds were expended. 

Please click on this link to access the grant application:

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