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Advancing Community wellness in the Coachella Valley

Foundation launches East Valley grant opportunity

With the release of a Request for Proposals on October 23, the Desert Healthcare Foundation now offers funding for core operating support to eligible organizations that serve eastern Coachella Valley residents and provide activities and programs that align with the Foundation's community health focus area of primary care and behavioral health access.

The mission and vision of the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation is to achieve optimal health at all stages of life for all District residents by connecting them to health and wellness services and programs. The District and Foundation's service area encompasses the entire valley from Desert Hot Springs to North Shore, following the November 2018 voter approval of District expansion. Eastern valley residents include those residing in Palm Desert (east of Cook Street), Indian Wells, La Quinta, Indio, Coachella, Bermuda Dunes, Thermal, Mecca, North Shore and other unincorporated communities.

In February 2018, the District and Foundation Board voted to provide $300,000 per year for 20 years (from non-property tax funds) for the eastern Coachella Valley. The goal of this funding opportunity is to respond to community needs by providing core operating support for organizations that work to improve access to care (accessibility, affordability, availability, or acceptability of healthcare services) and education for residents.

Please read the Request for Proposals here. To learn more about the grant process and to submit a letter of interest (LOI), click here.

About the Desert Healthcare District and Foundation

The Desert Healthcare District is a local government agency formed in 1948. Its mission is to achieve optimal health at all stages of life for all District residents. The District includes more than 400,000 residents and encompasses the entire Coachella Valley. The District and Desert Healthcare Foundation, together, are one of the largest funders in the valley. These funds are used to assist residents — especially the underserved — in accessing vitally needed resources, such as primary and behavioral healthcare, housing, food and transportation resources.