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Foundation awards grants totaling $37,500

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The Board of Directors of the Truckee-Tahoe Community Foundation recently announced grant recipients of the organization’s second grant cycle.

Funds in the amount of $37,500 were awarded to 16 local organizations.

“The selection process was difficult because we had $37,500 to award in this funding cycle and over $270,000 in grant requests,” Board Member and Grants Committee Chair Linda Brown said.

“Despite the challenge these numbers posed, the Grants Committee and Foundation Board are in agreement on the selection of recipients and are pleased with the support we are able to provide to 16 projects.”

Organizations receiving funding for the Fall 1999 cycle are as follows:

– The Bear Preservation League received a grant of $2,500 for education and training materials designed to educate and train community members on ways to save and protect bears.

– The Tahoe-Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation was awarded a grant of $2,500 for the Endowment House.

– The Friends of the Kings Beach Library was granted funds in the amount of $1,500 to purchase an additional computer to expand patron and staff Internet access.

– The Meeks Bay Fire Protection District received $2,000 to support a chipping project.

– Nevada County Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery was awarded $1,650 to subsidize substance abuse counseling services.

– North Tahoe Middle School received a grant of $2,700 to support computer equipment to increase technology competence.

– The Pet Network received $2,500 for their spay/neuter program.

– The Tahoe Adaptive Ski School received $3,200 to provide scholarships for ski lessons for local students.

– The Tahoe Cross Country Ski Education Association was awarded $1,000 toward the purchase of ski equipment for youth.

– Tahoe Forest Hospital Health Promotions Department received $2,000 to partially support the purchase of Healthwise software.

– The Tahoe-Truckee Children’s Network received $2,300 to expand its Baby-and-Me Program.

– Tahoe Women’s Services was awarded $4,000 to create a Teen Speakers Bureau to assist in violence prevention in the schools.

– The Truckee Elementary Strings Program was granted $2,026 for the purchase of two youth cellos and music.

– The Truckee-Donner Senior Apartments received $2,000 to finish funding a new commercial dishwasher.

– The Truckee River Habitat/Our Truckee River Legacy, a combined project for the Truckee Rotary and Truckee River Habitat, was awarded $3,340 to buy plants for the first phase of the Truckee River Legacy trail system.

– The Water Education Foundation received $3,000 to fund a portion of their PBS documentary on Lake Tahoe water quality.

“The wonderful part of the grants process is seeing all the great work and creativity occurring in our community,” TTCF President Lisa Dobey said. “Our job as a community foundation is to start finding ways to fund all these great programs – the ones that build on our community’s assets as well as the ones that address critical human needs.

“It’s heartbreaking to turn down important and innovative projects simply because we ran out of money. If people in our community are interested in establishing a named fund within the community foundation, or thinking about establishing a private foundation, I urge them to contact Truckee-Tahoe Community Foundation and see if we can create a partnership to support the good works being done in our community,” Dobey added.

Grants are awarded to organizations serving the communities of Truckee, Donner Summit, Squaw Valley and the west and north shores of Lake Tahoe.

The next grant cycle for the community foundation will be in early 2000, and representatives of organizations considering applying are encouraged to contact Lisa Dobey at 587-1776 to discuss prospective grant proposals.


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