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  • OPEN: Scholarship Application Process. Deadline: March 31, 2020. Apply here

Grants Process

Nonprofit organizations are essential partners in making our community a healthier, happier, and more sustainable place to call home. Tahoe Truckee Community  Foundation offers many types of grants for nonprofit organizations, totaling well over $1 million annually. TTCF’s grantmaking standard is to invest in programming that will have the most positive impact on our community.

In 2016, TTCF introduced our new consolidated grants processThis 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’s goal is to deliver value beyond our grants. The common application is a chance for nonprofits to inform us about the work you’re doing and to give us an annual snapshot of how our regional nonprofit community is doing.

If you’d like to be added to our nonprofit email list and receive announcements on grant deadlines and events, please Follow Our Newsletter by clicking the button to the right.

If you have questions on individual grant applications or need help with the on-line application process, we encourage you to contact Phyllis McConn, Community Impact Officer. For any questions around the Give Back Tahoe Giving Season, please contact Ashley Cooper, Communications Manager.

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
  • Specific Guidelines

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.

  • In 2018, in partnership with Martis Fund, we will be awarding Nature Grants of $120,000.
  • All applications occur online as part of the Common Application.
  • 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:

  1. Healthy Lifestyle
  2. Family Friendly
  3. Natural Beauty
  4. Community Minded
  5. Arts, Culture, History


  • Fall 2019:  Submit an APPLICATION through the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation’s online grant system

2015 Placer County MHSA Prevention/Early Intervention Grant Cycle:  In early 2015 TTCF announced its Request for Proposals for the new Mental Health Prevention and Early Intervention grant cycle.  The purpose of this grant cycle is to fund mental health prevention and early intervention services for children, youth, adults, and families in eastern Placer County who suffer or are at risk of suffering from mental illness.  TTCF has been contracted by the County of Placer Department of Health and Human Services, as part of the county’s allocation of PEI Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) funds, to administer a competitive grant cycle for a portion of the county’s PEI funds.  Since TTCF’s PEI funding flows through the County’s state MHSA allocation, it is subject to all related restrictions, limitations, and conditions, including any modifications to funding amounts.

  • Grants were awarded Spring 2015
  • Awarded $164,000 in total
  • Applicants attended a mandatory Technical Assistance Workshop on January 21, 2015
  • Currently, no applications are being accepted
  • Specific Guidelines

Click here for RESOURCE C – TTCF PEI Grant Cycle

Click here for RESOURCE D – TTCF PEI Grant Cycle

Donor-Advised Grants

Donor-advised grants normally are recommended by donors for specific charitable organizations.

The majority of grantmaking at TTCF is through Donor Advised Funds, where donors can participate in selecting organizations to receive grants. Just as nonprofit organizations come in all shapes and sizes, so too, do donors. Some donors give to selected charities over and over again. Some donors ask the Community Foundation for help in selecting meaningful grants. Some donors focus on innovation or bringing promising programs to scale.

Grants from these funds are generally donor initiated. From time to time, TTCF staff members may contact you on behalf of a donor who has expressed interest in your organization or issue. The best way for us to learn about your work and suitability for Donor Advised Granting is for you to be involved with the Foundation through participating in Foundation activities. To learn more, please sign up for our nonprofit newsletter.


Scholarships help students reach their dreams. Most scholarships held at TTCF are awarded through a cooperative arrangement with the Tahoe Truckee Community Scholarship Committee (TTCSC); through an anonymous review of our scholarship applications, TTCF’s community volunteer committee selects the recipients and TTCSC administers the scholarship payments to students.

TTCF offers a variety of scholarships for students graduating from Truckee and North Tahoe High Schools.  When donors establish a scholarship fund, they identify the criteria for selecting and awarding the scholarship.

Students may now fill out one common application online for community scholarships, those offered through TTCF and through many other local funders.  Thanks to the generosity of TTCF’s Board of Directors and some of our very caring donors, we have purchased AwardSpring software in order to provide a community asset. The software:

  • enables students a one-stop shop for applying
  • streamlines the review, decision-making, and awards process for committees and administrators
  • provides a space for donors to tell the story of a special person being memorialized and/or the reason behind the scholarship they have created

Honorary Scholarships

The Catherine Hyde Memorial Scholarship is a $500 scholarship available to a North Tahoe High School student who is pursuing a liberal arts degree at a four-year college/university.

The Norman Dewhurst Scholarship is awarded annually to the graduating senior within the entire TTUSD with the highest score on the math section of the SAT.  This year’s scholarship will be $1,000.

The Northstar-at-Tahoe Environmental Leadership Scholarship is awarded to a Truckee High School graduating senior who will be attending a four-year college/university and has demonstrated environmental leadership in high school. This year’s scholarship will be $800.

The Mountain Area Preservation Environmental Scholarship is awarded to a North Tahoe-Truckee area high school graduating senior, who will be attending a two or four-year college/university and pursuing a degree in environmental science/studies sector.  Special focuses can include natural resource management, planning, law, policy or sustainability. This year’s scholarship will be $1,000.

The Kevin Murnane Scholarship awards two $1,000 scholarships to deserving North Tahoe High School graduating seniors who have participated in nordic programs during their middle and high school years and who display the same kindness, generosity, and love for nordic skiing that Kevin embodied.

Need-Based Scholarships

The Alpine Winter Foundation Scholarship is a $28,000 ($7,000/year) need-based award available to a graduating Truckee High School student with exemplary academics, community, and school involvement.

The Elenita Sullivan Memorial Scholarship is available to a North Tahoe High School student attending a four year school in a health-related field.  This $8,000 scholarship ($2,000/year) is designated for a student with demonstrated financial need to attend college. Click here to make a donation to the Elenita Sullivan Memorial Scholarship.

The Pat Sutton Memorial Scholarship for Public Service is available to Truckee High School graduating senior.  This $1,000 scholarship is designated for a student attending a four-year college or university who has a commitment to community service and has demonstrated financial need. Click here to make a donation to the Pat Sutton Memorial Scholarship.

The Cameron and Jane Baird Latinx Scholarships are available to students graduating from either Truckee, North Tahoe, or Sierra High Schools.  This year two scholarships are offered:  $10,000 scholarship for a student attending a four year college ($2,500/year) and a $5,000 scholarship for a student attending community college.   Both of these scholarships are need-based and immigrant and undocumented students are welcome to apply. Click here to make a donation to the Cameron and Jane Baird Latino/a Scholarships.

The Ed Plaut Jr. Art & Humanities Scholarship is a one year $1,000 scholarship available to a Truckee or North Tahoe High School student pursuing studies in the Arts and/or Humanities fields. Click here to make a donation to the Ed Plaut Jr. Art & Humanities Scholarship.

The Jackson Ferree Scholarship was created for students who march to the beat of their own drummer. It is available to students graduating from high schools within TTUSD.  This $40,000 ($10,000/year) scholarship is awarded to a need-based student who is not the typical over-achieving student but has taken their own path through high school, with demonstrable kindness and unselfishness.  Click here to make a donation to the Jackson Ferree Scholarship.

The Tahoe Donner Giving Fund awards two $2,000 scholarships to TTUSD graduating seniors planning to attend an approved technical, vocational, two or four-year school.  A 3.0 GPA is preferred.  Click here to make a donation to the Tahoe Donner Giving Fund Scholarship.

The Steingard & Blumenstock Scholarship for the Arts is a one time $1,000 award for a TTUSD student pursuing higher education in an arts-related major at either a two or four-year school.

The Mary Lou Herhusky Scholarship for the Arts is a one time $1,000 award for a TTUSD student pursuing higher education in an arts-related major at either a two or four-year school.  Click here to make a donation to the Mary Lou Herhusky Scholarship for the Arts.

Truckee High Alumni Scholarship is a new one time $500 award offered to current graduates of Truckee High with a GPA of 2.50 or higher, planning to attend an approved technical, vocational, two or four-year college or university and who have not been awarded other scholarships of $500 or more.  All Truckee High alumni are encouraged to donate to develop ongoing scholarship support for Truckee High School graduates.