The Tahoe Fund supports projects that will create healthier forests, restore the Lake’s famed clarity, improve transportation, create more sustainable recreation, and inspire greater stewardship of this natural treasure.
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.
The Tahoe Fund strives to ensure the Lake is available for all to enjoy. Participants should craft their projects to demonstrate how they will incorporate access and inclusion.
Please see our project portfolio for examples of other Tahoe Fund Signature and Premier Projects.
Project submissions for early-stage grants through the Environmental Venture Trust or Smartest Forest Fund can be submitted here as well. These projects should be able to demonstrate how an early investment will be able to be leveraged to secure significantly more funding in the future from public and/or private sources. They should also bring innovative solutions to Tahoe’s environmental challenges.
We invite you to submit a project using the form below. At this stage, we are most interested in learning the basic details of the project, the benefit to the Tahoe Basin, the alignment with a specific goal area, the general timeline and a budget range. Please review project guidelines prior to completing the form.
All submissions will be reviewed by the Tahoe Fund Projects Committee, which is tasked with developing the Tahoe Fund’s Signature and Premier Projects Portfolio. Select projects will be invited to provide further details. The Tahoe Fund Projects Committee will review proposals on a rolling basis.
Please provide the following information in the form below:
- Contact information
- What goal are you looking to solve?
- Project partners
- Location of project (in as much detail as possible)
- Brief project description (255 words max)
- Project Description, include benefits to the environment and community (500 words max)
- Anticipated timeline of environmental approvals (as accurately as possible)
- Estimated construction timeline (as accurately as possible)
- Estimated total project budget range
- Amount of funding requested from the Tahoe Fund
- If you have secured any other funding and by whom
- 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 serve diversity and inclusion of all residents and visitors.
- Projects should have high appeal to the private sector. 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.
- 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.
- With the notable exception of stewardship/interpretation projects, the Tahoe Fund will generally not include funding requests for planning, design, or other pre-construction activities, or for maintenance and monitoring of projects in its portfolios of Signature and Premier Projects.
- 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. K-12 in-school programs are not currently being considered.
- The Tahoe Fund will not select projects that address the mitigation requirements of private projects.
- 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).
- Indirect costs cannot exceed 5%.
2021 Project RFP Submission Form