Desert Healthcare District and Foundation Board awarded three new grants that help Coachella Valley Programs

The Desert Healthcare District and Foundation Board awarded three new grants and extended an existing grant at its monthly meeting Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, committing $261,826 to services and programs that benefit Coachella Valley programs and residents.

Here’s a look at the individual grants the seven-member Board approved for Coachella Valley Programs:

  • Alzheimer’s Association, $33,264 (Grant #1147) – funds support the free outreach, education and other services for valley residents with Alzheimer’s or dementia and their families, including caregiver training, counseling, referrals and more.
  • Inland Empire Ronald McDonald House, $119,432 (Grant #1136) – funds help offset the cost of the house program, support services and travel expenses to keep families together and close to a hospital in times of crisis.
  • Cove Communities Senior Association, doing business as The Joslyn Center, $109,130 (Grant #1162) – funds support mental health clinicians for the Joslyn Wellness Center, and eases food insecurity for valley residents through the Meals on Wheels program.

The Board also unanimously voted in support of a 7-month, no-cost grant extension for the city of Palm Springs. An initial $225,000 grant was awarded in December 2019 to support mental health crisis teams and wrap-around services for residents affected by homelessness. The extension does not award additional funds but continues the grant from November 20, 2020 to June 30, 2021.

The District and Foundation awards grants in five funding strategic areas: Healthcare Infrastructure and Services; Behavioral Health/Mental Health; Homelessness; Vital Human Services to People with Chronic Conditions; and Economic Protection, Recovery, and Food Security. To learn more about the grant program, visit here.

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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 to medical appointments.

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