Give Back Tahoe: $384,000 to local projects that drive community impact |

Give Back Tahoe: $384,000 to local projects that drive community impact

List of grant recipients

With limited funding, there are simply not enough grant dollars to award every organization. For this and many reasons, Sierra Sun and Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation partner to host the Give Back Tahoe Giving Guide Season.

Join your community in this year-end collective giving experience by contributing to your favorite local nonprofits starting November 29th, #GivingTuesday, at

Look to future editions of the Sierra Sun — and, listen to 101.5 KTKE on the radio or its smartphone app to keep up to date on the efforts of your favorite nonprofits — to learn more!

Below is a list of the recipients of Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation’s Consolidated Grant Cycle.

Mission Driven Grants

Achieve Tahoe

Adventure Risk Challenge

Arts For the Schools

Biking for a Better World (Truckee Bike Park)

Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe

Choices Transitional Services

Community Recovery Resources

Emergency Warming Center

Girls on the Run

Headwaters Science Institute

High Fives Foundation

KidZone Museum

North Tahoe Arts

North Tahoe Family Resource Center

Placer County Law Enforcement Chaplaincy

Project MANA

Sierra Mental Wellness Group

Sierra Senior Services

Tahoe City PUD

Tahoe Public Art

Tahoe SAFE Alliance

TTUSD – Green Teams

Truckee Roundhouse

Tahoe Donner Giving Fund*

Arts For the Schools

Biking For a Better World (Truckee Bike Park)

Community Recovery Resources

Headwaters Science Institute

North Tahoe Arts

Sierra Senior Services

Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships

Nature Fund

Gateway Mountain Center

Mountain Area Preservation Foundation

Sugar Pine Foundation

Tahoe Rim Trail Association

Tahoe-Pyramid Bikeway

Trout Unlimited

Truckee Donner Land Trust

Truckee River Watershed Council

Truckee Trails Foundation

UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center

Queen of Hearts Women’s Fund

The Queen of Hearts has selected eight finalists to present at their December 1st Annual GEMS Event. Voting will close December 15th, grants will be announced shortly thereafter.

*Tahoe Donner Giving Fund aligned their funding to these organizations which in turn increased the number of mission-driven grants awarded.

Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation’s (TTCF) first consolidated grant cycle has drawn to a close. The volunteer grant committee once again made some of the toughest decisions in our work and nonprofits have been notified.

To better serve our nonprofits and community, TTCF streamlined our separate funding streams this year into one grant cycle. The development of this process included the input of committee members, local executive directors, and TTCF Board and staff.

The deliverables included a simplified application process, an increase in mission-driven grants, and the ability to match projects with multiple funding streams.

Over 40 nonprofits were awarded grants. This is thanks to increased funding from the Queen of Hearts Women’s Fund*, Tahoe Donner Giving Fund, and a generous match from our partnership with Martis Fund** that brought our Nature Grant funding to $200,000***! TTCF fundholders also contributed to requests that align with their interests.

$150,000 in unrestricted funding was awarded to 28 nonprofits- a more than 300% increase to mission-aligned grants! It’s often difficult to raise funding to cover the overhead costs that make a nonprofit’s work possible and TTCF is happy to be able to offer these funds on behalf of our donors.

The application also provided a snapshot of the health and trends of our nonprofit community which will inform the ways we serve nonprofits beyond the grants. Already, this month we are hosting the second Board Governance Series to help board members navigate their responsibilities.

We connect nonprofits and volunteers through and the column below, and with our partners at Sierra Sun we host the month long Giving Guide campaign that raised over $350,000 last year for nonprofits. TTCF also offers technical assistance, nonprofit guidance, and storytelling.

Thanks to the generosity of our community members and fund holders, together we are helping to build a stronger, healthier nonprofit community.

* Queen of Hearts selected eight grant finalists to present at the Annual GEMS Event on December 1st, voting closes December 15th.

** Martis Fund is a collaborative project of Martis Camp landowners, DMB/Highlands Group (the developers of Martis Camp), Mountain Area Preservation Foundation (MAP) and Sierra Watch.

*** $40,000 from Nature has been earmarked for Forest Stewardship projects. Learn more at

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