Queen of Hearts Women’s Fund, a program of Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, facilitated its third annual GEMS (Grant Educate Motivate Serve) Grant Cycle. On December 3rd, members and guests watched eight finalists present their grant proposals at the Cedar House Sport Hotel. Voting began the next day, and for the first time members were able to access the presentations via an online recording. After a week of voting, the results are in.
$10,000 Grant Recipients:
- Achieve Tahoe (formerly Disabled Sports USA Far West) A Brighter Image to Achieve Possibilities: In time to reveal their empowering new name, Achieve Tahoe will purchase much needed new snowsports uniforms for their mostly volunteer instructors.
- North Tahoe Family Resource Center Breaking Poverty’s Grasp: Funds will develop a comprehensive financial education and coaching program to attack the root causes of poverty and help community members create a financially stable future.
- Positively Rolling Project Transforming the Lives of Young Men: This grant supports the healthy development of local seventh and eighth grade boys to prevent destructive behaviors with mentoring, support networks and art.
- Sierra Business Council Etsy Craft Entrepreneurship Program (ECEP): Our region has been identified as an incubator for ECEP, a program that guides lower income residents to establish an Etsy store and pursue economic independence.
$2,500 Grant Recipients:
- Choices Transitional Services Advocacy through Art for People with Special Needs: Choices will host public workshops to teach various forms to residents with developmental disabilities alongside other community members to develop talent, relationships and self worth.
- Lake Tahoe Dance Collective, Inc. Cultivating a Thriving Dance Company: Grant dollars support the mission to attract the finest professional dancers to our region to inspire, teach, collaborate and perform with exceptional local artists and offer our region the deeply cultural experience of dance.
- TEMPO Replacing 50 Year Old Band Uniforms: Truckee High’s band program has a new director, a strong routine and a fresh feeling of confidence. Now they need modern, more comfortable uniforms to replace their over 40 year old uniforms. This grant will serve more than aesthetic, it will boost spirits.
- Tahoe Cross Country Ski Education Association (TCCSEA) Ensuring a Future for Youth Cross Country Ski Programs: To continue to draw youth skiers to ski education programs, TCCSEA will purchase equipment to move and groom snow, transfer equipment and create more diverse terrain year round.