Grants available from Community Foundation and Martis Fund | SierraSun.com

Grants available from Community Foundation and Martis Fund

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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Jan. 20, 2012 is the closing date for grant applications to be considered for funding during the joint 2012 Nature Fund – Martis Fund grant cycle at the Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation. A total of $80,000 will be granted.

The purpose of the Nature Fund is to conserve the wildlife, lands, waters and air quality of the Truckee, North Tahoe and Donner Summit regions while creating opportunities for enjoyment of the outdoors. Desired outcomes include: Healthy lands, waters and air; vibrant fish and wildlife populations; available open space and educated, aware and appreciative community members.

Activities that could support this goal include everything from acquiring land or building trails, to environmental education or restoration work. The issue to be addressed through the project should be clear and of high priority to the community. For a complete listing if possible activities and further guidelines, please look at the application guidelines. The Nature Fund has $40,000 to give away.

In addition, TTCF has partnered with the Martis Fund to offer an additional $40,000 in grants. The Martis Fund is committed to managing and restoring habitat and forest lands in the Martis Valley and the greater Eastern Placer County region. Desired outcomes for the Martis Fund include: Restoration of forest and habitat lands; management for optimal conservation values and leveraging existing institutional capacity and other funding sources.

All activities and projects eligible for Martis Fund support must occur in Martis Valley or the greater Eastern Placer County region.

The application is an online process, visit http://www.ttcf.net, e-mail at phebe@ttcf.net or call 530-587-1776. The grants committee reviews each application, makes site visits to and/ or interviews each applicant. Turn around time is approximately six weeks. Completed applications must be returned to the TTCF office by Jan. 20, 5 p.m.