Tahoe Fund Grant

Tahoe Fund

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Deadline: Jan 29, 2021 (Pre proposal)

Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $1,000,000

Fields of work: Habitat & Ecosystem Restoration Freshwater Conservation Water Resource Management Environment Forestry Fisheries Environmental Conservation Soil Science Outdoor Recreation Public Transportation & Mass Transit Systems Air Quality Wildlife Management Environmental Stewardship Show all

Applicant type: Government Entity, Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in California: Alpine County, El Dorado County, Placer County, Counties in Nevada: Carson City, Douglas County Show all

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:



The nonprofit Tahoe Fund has opened its annual call for projects that offer solutions to environmental challenges that impact Lake Tahoe. Specifically interested in supporting projects designed to improve lake clarity, expand outdoor recreation opportunities, reduce wildfire risk, and promote healthier forests, the Tahoe Fund will also consider funding projects that improve transportation and enhance stewardship opportunities in the Tahoe Basin.

Our goal is to support projects that improve the environment within the Tahoe Basin and encourage greater stewardship of this place that is treasured by so many,” said Allen Biaggi, Tahoe Fund Board Vice Chairman. “There are so many organizations doing great work in our region, we look forward to considering the projects they put forward and understanding how they can help increase the pace and scale of environmental improvements that are needed in Tahoe.

Program Areas

We are currently seeking to collaborate with organizations to develop Signature and Premier Projects with fundraising goals of $5,000-$1,000,000 that align with the following program areas:

  • Forest Health
    • Our goal is to fund innovative solutions that will increase the pace and scale of forest restoration in the Tahoe Basin.
  • Lake Clarity/Water Quality/Lake Health
    • Our goal is to complement and support key stakeholders’ efforts to improve lake clarity, water quality, and lake health. We are particularly interested projects with a focus on Aquatic Invasive species, near shore water quality, and Upper Truckee watershed restoration.
  • Sustainable Recreation
    • We are interested in sustainable outdoor recreation projects that will improve quality of experience and equity of access, while minimizing impacts on natural resources in Tahoe.
  • Stewardship
    • We want to inspire more people to take care of Tahoe by funding projects that increase environmental awareness and promote behavioral change.
  • Transportation
    • Contribute innovative solutions to current and future transportation efforts; especially those that help solve peak congestion issues.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Tahoe Fund projects must be in the Tahoe Basin and should be consistent with the program priorities laid out above: Forest Health, Lake Clarity/Lake Quality/Lake Health, Sustainable Recreation, Transportation and Stewardship.
  • Projects should have high appeal to the private sector. 
  • Tahoe Fund grants are intended to leverage existing levels of federal, state, and local funding.
    • Project requests cannot be a substitute for the base operational budgets of these entities.
  • Tahoe Fund will consider funding requests for early-stage projects within its Environmental Venture Trust portfolio.
    • Project must show the ability to leverage an early investment with future funding sources. 
  • Tahoe Fund projects must comply with all applicable federal, state, and local statutes and regulations, and should contribute to the attainment of one or more TRPA thresholds (water quality, air quality, soil conservation, scenic quality, recreation, fisheries, wildlife, noise, vegetation preservation).
  • The Tahoe Fund seeks projects that have completed the environmental review process for the Signature and Premier projects.
    • Please state the date of anticipated environmental approvals.
  • The Tahoe Fund is focused on expanding stewardship of the region, and will consider projects that focus on large-scale stewardship. 
  • Project administrator must be able to demonstrate that there is full community support for the project (or no major conflicts). 
  • Project administrator must have ability to recognize the Tahoe Fund for the donation (plaque, publicity, marketing, special events).


  • Tahoe Fund does not provide funding for activities or projects that are generally viewed as the base operation and maintenance responsibilities of the requesting entity.
  • With the notable exception of stewardship/interpretation projects, the Tahoe Fund will generally not include funding requests for planning, design, or other preconstruction activities, or for maintenance and monitoring of projects in its portfolios of Signature and Premier Projects.
  • The Fund will not select projects that address the mitigation requirements of private projects.
  • K-12 programs are not currently being considered.
  • Indirect costs cannot exceed 5%.


This page was last reviewed November 20, 2020 and last updated November 20, 2020