Nonprofit seeks projects that will improve the Lake Tahoe environment for all to enjoy
The Tahoe Fund today announced the opening of its annual call for projects. The nonprofit is seeking projects for its 2024 portfolio that will increase the pace and scale of forest restoration, improve lake clarity, expand sustainable recreation, provide innovative solutions to transportation challenges, and create more stewards of Lake Tahoe.
Public agencies, nonprofits and environmentally focused businesses are invited to submit proposals for projects that require $5,000 to $1,000,000 in funding. Projects with the ability to leverage additional public funding as a result of Tahoe Fund support will be prioritized.
“Every year we are blown away by the incredible projects brought to us by our partners around the Basin,” said Caitlin Meyer, chief program officer for the Tahoe Fund. “In our last fiscal year, we granted over $1.4 million to 52 different projects, like the 72-mile scuba cleanup of Lake Tahoe’s shoreline, aquatic invasive species removal in Emerald Bay, and the new Ski Run Community Park in South Lake Tahoe, which will serve over one thousand young people. We can’t wait to see what’s in store this next round of submissions.”
Since its inception, the Tahoe Fund has worked with more than 30 partners to support over 130 projects in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Some highlights include the building of the Tunnel Creek Singletrack Trail on Tahoe’s East Shore, scholarships for the Lake Tahoe Community College Forestry program, basinwide programs that provide free bikes and bike safety gear to residents in need through the Lake Tahoe Bike Coalition, adaptive summer activities for people with disabilities and their families through Achieve Tahoe, and scuba cleanups of litter hotspots by Clean Up The Lake.
All submissions will be reviewed by the Tahoe Fund Board of Directors, which is tasked with developing the Tahoe Fund’s project portfolio. Projects submitted for consideration may receive immediate funding or be selected for a Tahoe Fund project campaign in 2024.
“From the health of our forests to the clarity of our Lake, the Tahoe Basin faces many challenges,” said Cory Ritchie, Tahoe Fund Board Chair. “Through our annual call for projects process, we are looking for ideas both big and small that will improve the Lake Tahoe environment for all to enjoy.”
Project submissions are due by January 31, 2024. Guidelines and the request for project submission form can be found here.