In order to address this fundamental imbalance, a revenue stream was created wherein taxes generated by the “Costco” shopping center in north Palm Desert would be channeled into the nonprofit Regional Access Project Foundation.  These funds would be used to address unmet needs in the areas of health, mental health and juvenile intervention.

RAP incorporated in 1992 as a 501 (c) 3 public benefit corporation.  It aids client nonprofits in two ways: direct grants and technical assistance.  Grants are made by the Request For Proposals (RFP) process and by “Desert Fast Pitch,” a months-long program which teaches nonprofits how to pitch their organization to potential funders. Desert Fast Pitch also rewards participating organizations with cash grants on a competitive basis. RAP also provides smaller grants on an emergency basis.

The goal of RAP’s Center for Nonprofit Advancement is sustainability.  By training organizations to be self-sustaining, RAP is able to use its finite resources more efficiently.

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