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, 2019: Applications are made available online for the upcoming fiscal year
  • March 15, 2019: Deadline to submit applications
  • April 1, 2019: Applications are reviewed by the City's Outside Agency / Charitable Contributions Committee at a public meeting (10:30 a.m., North Wing Conference Room)
  • May 23, 2019: 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 2019: All Applicants are contacted and advised of recommendations. Agreements are issued to successful applicants for funds available beginning July 1, 2019. Funds are issued on a reimbursement basis upon completion of agreed-upon programs and/or services. 

The following agencies were approved for grants at the May 23, 2019 Council meeting:

No.  Organization  Award Amnt Description of Project/Program

1

ACT for Multiple Sclerosis

7,800  

Core Rehabilitation Program - aquatics, strength training, yoga program expansion

2

American Cancer Society

5,000  

Sponsorship for Relay for Life at Civic Center park

3

California Desert Chorale

5,000  

Sponsor 125 tickets for seniors & students at Joslyn Center, CSUSB, UCRPD, COD, and PDHS

4

Carter Elementary PTO

10,000  

Field trip admission to SJC mission, scholastics magazine subscription, assembly, robotics program, field trip to Riley's Farm, performing arts

5

Family YMCA of the Desert - Jean Benson Center

44,000  

Preschool program supplies, janitorial supplies and service, SCE, financial assistance for low income participants

6

HARC, Inc.

5,000  

Community Data Release event - room rental and program costs

7

Historical Society PD

15,300  

Museum support - tours, exhibits, archiving, alarm service and facility upkeep

8

PD Charter MS PTO

10,000  

Visiting author assembly; Museum of Tolerance field trip

9

Palm Springs Air Museum

5,000  

Sponsor Palm Desert Residents Day

10

Pegasus Therapeutic Riding

3,328  

Annual holiday luncheon for 21 low-income Palm Desert families

11

Ronald Reagan Parents' Club

10,000  

Read-a-thon books and incentives

12

Variety - Children's Charity of the Desert

2,000  

Two grants of $1,000 each to PD families of children with special needs and limited resources for medical equipment, services, educational, recreational and other needs

13

Washington Charter PTO

10,000  

Aesthetic Education program at McCallum Theatre

 Total Awarded for FY 2019/2020:  $ 132,428

 

Need assistance? Please contact Patty Leon, Management Specialist II at pleon@cityofpalmdesert.org and review the links below for further information.