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Tahoe Fund opens 2015 project request process

Staff report

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The Tahoe Fund is accepting bids for projects in the basin aimed at restoring lake clarity, improving outdoor recreation and inspiring environmental stewardship in the region.

Projects that meet the qualifications of the fund's Request For Proposal will be the focus of the organization's fundraising efforts in 2015. Traditionally, the organization features 3-4 projects each year that are in need of a final source of funding in the range of $15,000 to $50,000.

"The private community has shown us that they are eager to support great projects," said Amy Berry, CEO of the nonprofit Tahoe Fund, which raises money for environmental projects at Lake Tahoe. "We hope to find projects that will give our donors the chance to make a meaningful difference at Tahoe."

The 2014 Tahoe Fund Signature Projects include aquatic invasive weed removal at the Tahoe City Dam; aquatic invasive weed removal at Ski Run Marina; and an environmental education fund for a number of youth environmental programs.

These are an addition to the 2014 Premier Project — the new bike path from Incline Village to Sand Harbor.

All projects remain open for donations through the end of the calendar year.

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"The Tahoe Fund Projects Committee is focused on projects that have everything in place but the last bit of funding," said Jim Lawrence, Special Advisor to the Nevada Department of Natural Resources and co-chair of the Tahoe Fund Projects Committee. "Our main priorities are restoring the lake's clarity, getting people out of their cars with new recreational amenities and teaching people how to take better care of this incredible resource."

Details can be found in the RFP, available at www.tahoefund.org/2015projectRFP.

Projects should be consistent with the program level priorities established as part of the 2008-2018 EIP Update. All projects must obtain an EIP number from the TRPA. With the notable exception of education/interpretation projects, the fund will generally not include funding requests for planning, design, or other preconstruction activities, or for maintenance and monitoring of projects in its portfolios.

Visit tahoefund.org to learn more about the nonprofit.