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Outside Agency Funding

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The Outside Agency / Charitable Contributions Committee oversees a grant process for non-profit, school and community-based organizations, meeting annually to review applications received during its funding cycle. The goal is to identify and provide for unmet needs and services that serve the City of Palm Desert and its residents. The Committee is comprised of a five-member Board: two City Council Members, City Manager, City Treasurer and City Attorney. Please refer to the City’s Funding Criteria for Non-Profit Agencies and PTO/School Organizations for additional requirements for funding approval.

The funding timeline is as follows (all dates are subject to change):

  • January 10, 2020: Applications are made available online for the upcoming fiscal year
  • Friday, March 13, 2020Deadline to submit applications- NO LATER THAN NOON (12:00 P.M.) 
  • April 2020: Applications are reviewed by the City's Outside Agency / Charitable Contributions Committee at a public meeting 
  • May 28, 2020: City Council reviews the recommendations presented by the Outside Agency / Charitable Contributions Committee and approves selected applicants for funding in the upcoming fiscal year (4:00 p.m., Council Chamber)
  • June 2020: All Applicants are contacted and advised of recommendations. Agreements are issued to successful applicants for funds available beginning July 1, 2020. Funds are issued on a reimbursement basis upon completion of agreed-upon programs and/or services. 
Need assistance? Please contact Patty Leon, Management Specialist II at and review the link below for further information.


Funding Criteria for Non-profit Agencies and PTO/School Organizations


The application is now available:



In accordance with public health best practices related to the novel coronavirus/COVID-19, the City of Palm Desert is encouraging our guests to call or utilize online resources in lieu of in-person services. We encourage agencies interested in submitting an application for the Outside Agency Funding Program to MAIL application packets instead of hand delivering to City Hall; thus said, the deadline has been postponed to March 20th, 2020.