Rancho Mirage announced Wednesday that it’s now accepting applications for Special Assistance Funds — designed to support local nonprofits — for fiscal year 2022-23.

The City Council has allocated $103,000 for support of organizations that have a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status — and the funds will be awarded at council meetings on the first and third Thursday of each month.

City officials said the program aims to improve Rancho Mirage’s living environment, assist low-income households and help residents so they don’t need to rely on continued public assistance.

Nonprofits that focus on food and shelter will be prioritized and can request up to $10,000 from the fund, according to the city.

Healthcare-, senior-, or children-focused nonprofits will be prioritized over arts and cultural or miscellaneous organizations in their requests of up to $5,000, the city said.

Organizations that are awarded over $5,000 must sign a contract and submit original invoices or other appropriate documentation to the city for reimbursement of funds.

The city will treat funds under $5,000 as grants.

Qualifying organizations can submit their applications at RanchoMirageCA.gov/application-forms/.

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