TTCF Community Grantmaking

Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation

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Anticipated deadline: Sep 2, 2020 5:00pm PDT

Grant amount: Approximately US $5,000

Fields of work: Community Development & Revitalization Art & Culture Environmental Conservation Environment Animal Welfare - General Education Youth Development & Leadership Health & Medicine Human & Social Services Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Project / Program, Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: Counties in California: Nevada County, Placer County, Sierra County, Washoe County, Nevada

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:

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Overview:

Mission

Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation connects people and opportunities, generating resources to build a more caring, creative, and effective community.

Grants Process

In 2016, TTCF introduced our new consolidated grants process. This annual Community Grantmaking Process involves one Common Application used for all of our funding sources: Queen of Hearts Women’s Fund, Nature Cycle, and Open Competitive funding.

TTCF utilizes a simplified and streamlined granting process. Nonprofits need only apply once for a consolidated grant cycle offering at least $300,000 in available to grant funds. Grant committee members from Queen of Hearts Women’s Fund, Tahoe Donner Giving Fund, Open Competitive and Nature Fund will then jointly review proposals and direct them to aligned funding sources for further consideration.

Areas of Interest …

The Foundation is broad based in its funding interests. We fund in the following areas of interest.

  • Animal Welfare
  • Arts and Culture
  • Community Improvement
  • Education
  • Environment, Conservation, Recreation
  • Health and Human Services
  • Youth Development

Types of Grants

Competitive grants are stewarded from discretionary funds, where TTCF’s board of directors has the ability and flexibility to focus funding on specific needs of the community. There are several funding cycles for which you can apply.

In general, competitive grants are awarded to organizations located in or directly serving the North Lake Tahoe-Truckee region. Grants are reviewed by a volunteer grants committee that makes recommendations to the TTCF Board of Directors. The Board approves or denies all grants and award recommendations.

Organizations are encouraged to share their capacity building needs. Capacity building can include: strategic planning, board development and governance, marketing and communication, financial reporting, evaluation and more.

Open/Competitive (Discretionary): This is the grant cycle for any and all organizations seeking funding! Bring us your creative ideas, your requests for general operating funds, or your needs for expanding services.

  • Grants are awarded annually in the fall
  • Aims to award at least $100,000
  • All applications occur online as part of the Common Application

Queen of Hearts Women’s Fund: The members of the Queen of Hearts Women’s Fund select grant recipients annually in the fall. The application process starts with a letter of interest, (LOI).

  • Grants are awarded annually in December
  • Aims to award $60,000
  • All applications occur online as part of the Common Application
  • 8 nonprofit organizations present at the Annual GEMS Event

The Nature Grant Cycle: The Nature Grant Cycle aims to provide support to community nonprofits working on environmental issues and environmental education programs in the region.

This competitive grant cycle is made possible by the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation’s Nature Fund and Martis Fund. Martis Fund resources are distributed to organizations committed to managing and restoring habitat and forest lands specifically in Martis Valley or the greater Eastern Placer County region.

Proposals addressing Forest Stewardship and Forest Health are encouraged this year.

The Truckee Core Values Fund: A newly established community event fund created by the Truckee Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Town of Truckee and powered by the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation. The fund supports 501(c)(3) organization events or events that partner with 501(c)(3) organizations who align with at least one of the five Truckee Core Values:

  • Healthy Lifestyle
  • Family Friendly
  • Natural Beauty
  • Community Minded
  • Arts, Culture, History

Types of Grants

TTCF will still be awarding various types of grants. The first is our more typical Program/Project grant. These grants generally go toward either hard costs or staffing costs to support, launch, expand or advance the measurable impact of specific projects or programs. Environmental program/project grants are subject to additional eligibility requirements. We will also be awarding Capacity Building grants (for example, funding for strategic planning, board development and governance, marketing and communication, fundraising, financial reporting, evaluation and more) and Mission Driven grants (an unrestricted, trust based grant to further a nonprofit mission).

(Note that if a proposal includes working in local classrooms or conducting field trips, a letter of support from the office of the TTUSD Superintendent must be included with the application.) 

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

Eligibility:

  • Grants are awarded to organizations located in or directly serving the geographic areas of Donner Summit, Truckee, Squaw Valley, and the west and north shores of Lake Tahoe including Incline Village.
    • While we will fund organizations out of this area, we primarily look for services utilized by the residents of our region.
  • All proposals must: 
    • show community support.
    • not supplant funds or duplicate services.
    • If applicable, have a plan for sustainability.
  • Further Requirements for Nature Grants…
    • Nature grants are made possible by TTCF’s Nature Fund and Martis Fund. Nature Grants will support organizations that conserve wildlife, land, water and air quality in the Truckee, North Tahoe and Donner Summit regions while enhancing opportunities for enjoyment of the outdoors. Martis Fund resources will be distributed to those organizations that are committed to managing and restoring habitat and forest lands specifically in Martis Valley or the greater Eastern Placer County region.
    • Organizations are also encouraged to share their capacity building needs and will be considered for Martis Fund resources for such needs if they have prior, ongoing or upcoming projects in this region. By investing in the business aspects of missions, we believe we can strengthen those  efforts and ultimately support a greater impact in the region.
    • TTCF's Nature Fund resources support organizations that help advance the following desired outcomes:
      • Healthy land, water and air
      • Vibrant fish and wildlife populations
      • Accessible open space
      • Educated, aware and appreciative community members
    • Martis Fund resources support organizations that help advance the following desired outcomes:
      • Restoration of forest and habitat lands
      • Land management for optimal conservation values
      • Leveraging existing institutional capacity and other funding sources

Ineligibility:

  • TTCF does not make grants from its unrestricted funds for the following:
    • Direct religious activities.
    • Political activism, lobbying, legislative activities, or legal action.
    • Organizations that discriminate based on race, color, creed, age, sex, sexual orientation, or national origin
  • Usually, TTCF does not fund: 
    • Field trips and participation in activities by parental choice.
    • Capital Campaigns
    • Activities that have already occurred
    • School based activities, unless they impact students district wide or impact the broader community.
    • Organizations more than one time in a calendar year.

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This page was last reviewed July 29, 2020 and last updated May 17, 2020