Vail Resorts Echo kicks off 2011 grant cycle for Truckee Tahoe | SierraSun.com

Vail Resorts Echo kicks off 2011 grant cycle for Truckee Tahoe

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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; As the 2011-2012 ski and snowboard season approaches, Vail Resorts Echo, the companyand#8217;s corporate stewardship program, is kicking off the 2011 fall grant process for North Lake Tahoe nonprofits.

Vail Resorts Echo encompasses environmental stewardship, charitable giving and community engagement and is aimed at both protecting the beautiful natural resources that surround the resorts and helping to build stronger communities. Vail Resorts launched the program at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort earlier this is summer announcing a commitment to local nonprofits, a new scholarship program and the start of a new employee volunteer program. This grant cycle marks the first of what will be an annual process for the resort.

For its grants, both cash and in-kind, Vail Resorts Echo focuses on two main areas that enhance the quality of life in North Lake Tahoe: Education and youth programs.

Innovation for and implementation of environmental stewardship practices.

The Vail Resorts Echo Northstar Giving Council, comprised of Northstar leadership, reviews the grant applications and award cash grants and in-kind donations once a year. Local nonprofits based in the North Lake Tahoe area with a focus on youth programs and environmental initiatives are encouraged to apply. Applications for potential grantees are due Tuesday, Aug. 30.

New this year, the application process is completely online to streamline operations. Instructions and application is available online at http://www.vailresortsecho.com.

One application should be submitted for both cash and in-kind requests.

An organization can receive funds and/or in-kind donations once each year. If you have any questions about the application process, please give Nicky DeFord a call at 720-524-5020 or e-mail at ndeford@vailresorts.com.

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