Welcome to the City of Rancho Mirage's new municipal website!

Nonprofit Funding

The Special Assistance Funds (SAF) program for fiscal year 2024/2025 is now open.
Applications will be accepted through August 30, 2024.  

For information about the SAF program please contact:
Administrative Services
69825 Highway 111
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Phone: (760) 324-4511

Special Assistance Funds (SAF) Program

In 1990, the City Council implemented a special assistance funds program for nonprofits that have a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Funds are set aside each fiscal year for the purpose of allocation to community groups and organizations that provide special activities, programs, or services to the citizens of the community.

The number and variety of funding requests made to the City have increased over the years. To provide guidance to those groups and organizations that may wish to request funds, the City prepared guidelines and policies for the allocation of funds.

Program Objectives

The overall objectives of the City of Rancho Mirage special assistance funding program are:

  • Protection and improvement of the living environment for the residents of Rancho Mirage;
  • Assistance to low and moderate-income households and special population groups such as the elderly, in meeting basic needs; and,
  • Enabling residents to increase or improve his/her capacity to deal with problems over the long-term without continuing public assistance.
Program Priorities

Priority for funding will be given to programs, projects or services that address basic living conditions of the citizens of Rancho Mirage, which include food and shelter.

Second priority for funding will be given to programs, projects or services that improve an individual’s or household’s health, basic living conditions and capacity to be self-sufficient, which include health care and related transportation, seniors, children, and youth services.

Third priority for funding consideration will be given to programs, projects or services that improve the livability of the community but are not, of necessity, related to basic living conditions, which include arts and cultural, advocacy, animals, educational programs or services related to employment or job training, energy conservation, and other programs or services deemed necessary to support community groups and organizations.

Funding Criteria

Priority will be given in the following order based on the criteria below.

Food & Shelter 50%
Healthcare 20%
Seniors & Children 20%
Arts & Cultural 5%
Miscellaneous 5%

Maximum Amount Nonprofit May Request:  
Food & Shelter $10,000
Healthcare/Seniors/Children $ 5,000
Arts & Cultural/Miscellaneous $ 5,000

These percentages may change annually in accordance with the approved budget.  The amounts may also change as recommended by the City Council.  The amount of contribution that may be awarded could be less than the amount requested. Click on the buttons below for documents:


The SAF Program is now open.  Applications will be accepted through August 30, 2024.  If you have any questions, please contact Administrative Services at (760) 324-4511, or via email at contracts@ranchomirageca.gov.
Selection Process

Applications are reviewed and recommendations are developed for the City Council to award funds to nonprofits at a regularly scheduled council meeting.

Award of Funds

If nonprofit is selected for a Special Assistance Fund award over $5,000, the nonprofit will be required to enter into a contract for services and shall be required to submit to the City claims together with original invoices, bills marked paid or other appropriate documentation in order to receive reimbursement of funds.

Note: The contractor shall file a claim form with the City requesting reimbursement for expenditures incurred, pursuant to the Contract. If a reimbursement claim is not submitted in accordance with the Contract terms, the Contract may be terminated by the City for failure to comply with the Contract requirements which may result in no reimbursement of expenditures by the City. Please make a note of the claim submittal requirements on your calendar, as the City will not call or send reminders to nonprofits to submit claims for reimbursement.

Awards of $5,000 or less

For awards of $5,000 or less, the award will be treated as a mere grant.