Regional Access Project Foundation (RAP)


The Regional Access Project (RAP) Foundation owes its existence to the County of Riverside’s recognition that the relatively remote communities of the eastern two-thirds of the county were underserved in comparison to the more urbanized western region. 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. Our Vision: An enhanced quality of life for all residents of eastern Riverside County Our Mission: Providing funding, oversight, technical assistance and guidance to nonprofit community-based organizations or collaborative groups, and other tax exempt agencies which serve the populations of eastern Riverside Country in the areas of health, mental health and juvenile interventions. RAP Foundation is a member of Southern California Grant Makers and The California Association of Nonprofits.

Additional Information

Contact Name Stephanie Minor, (760) 674-9992


41550 Eclectic St Palm Desert
Palm Desert, CA


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