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Community Grant Cycle Guidelines

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

Headwaters Science Institute, a TTCF grantee, brings science education to local youth.

Our Process

TTCF utilizes a simplified and streamlined granting process. Nonprofits apply once for a consolidated grant cycle offering at least $300,000 in available funds.

Grant committee members from Queen of Hearts Women’s Fund, Tahoe Donner Giving Fund, Open Competitive, and Nature Fund jointly review proposals. Together, volunteers direct proposals to aligned funding sources for further consideration.

The fruits of a 2017 grant cycle. Tahoe Food Hub's Demonstration Garden goes to meals for local Senior Citizens.

Areas of Interest

  • Animal Welfare
  • Arts and Culture
  • Community Improvement
  • Education
  • Environment, Conservation, Recreation
  • Health and Human Services
  • Youth Development
TTCF loves to help organizations finish big projects! Pictured: Squaw Valley Community of Writers' Dream Wagon

Types of Grants

Program/Project Grants: Awarded for hard costs or staffing costs to support, launch, expand, or advance the measurable impact of specific projects or programs.

Please note: Environmental program/project grants are subject to additional eligibility requirements. Please see the specific criteria for these Nature grants below.

Capacity Building Grants: funding for strategic planning, board development and governance, marketing and communication, fundraising, financial reporting, evaluation and more.

Mission-Driven Grants: Unrestricted, trust based grant funding awarded to further a nonprofit mission.

Read our Grant Guidelines in detail here

Consolidated Grant Guidelines (PDF)

Specific Grant Guidelines

Further Requirements for Nature Grants

Nature grants are made possible by TTCF’s Nature Fund and Martis Fund. Nature Grants 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

Additional Requirements for Queen of Hearts Women’s Fund Grants

Eight organizations will be selected as finalists for the Annual Queen of Hearts GEMS Grants Showcase. Finalist representatives will present for three minutes each in-person to Queen of Hearts supporters (with no visual or physical aids). The presentations are recorded and supporters are given two weeks to vote for the first and second choices in each of the four areas of impact.

  • Arts, Culture, and Civic Benefit
  • Environment, Recreation, and Animal Welfare
  • Health and Human Services
  • Education and Youth Development

Review Process

TTCF opens its annual Request for Proposals August 1 of every year for approximately one month. Please sign up for the monthly newsletter to receive updates. To speak with our Phyllis McConn, our Community Impact Officer, please click here.

  • Applications are only accepted online
  • Foundation staff review applications to determine that the request is complete and conforms to TTCF’s basic policies, goals, objectives, and areas of focus. Staff and members of the Grants Committee may research your request through Guidestar and internet searches, telephone inquiries, meetings, and/or site visits.
  • The Board of Directors makes all funding decisions based on recommendations by the Grants Committee.
  • Applicants will receive a response to grant requests within 6-8 weeks, with grant checks processed by year end.
  • Program and Capacity Building Grant recipients are required to return a completed Grant
  • Agreement and at the end of the grant year, submit an online report describing how the money was spent and the results achieved.

Limitations on Grantmaking

Geographic limitations: 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 may fund organizations out of this area, we primarily look for services utilized by the residents of our region.

TTCF does not make grants 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
  • Indirect costs/administration costs/fiscal sponsorship fees of more than 5-10% of a total grant award to be paid to out of region organizations/fiscal sponsors unless otherwise negotiated.