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PRESS RELEASE: Placer County Approves $8 Million in CARES Act Relief Funds through new Placer Shares Program 

Published on August 6, 2020

Placer County Approves $8 Million in CARES Act Relief Funds through new Placer Shares Program 

Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation partnering with Sierra Business Council and Placer Community Foundation to distribute grants

TRUCKEE, Calif.—  The Placer County Board of Supervisors approved CARES Act relief funds to support our community beyond the direct needs of the county government. As one of a few counties across California that chose to set aside funding to directly support community needs, they have approached three local organizations, including the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, to establish criteria and processes to fairly and transparently distribute those funds into the communities throughout the region. The Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, Placer Community Foundation, and Sierra Business Council are utilizing CARES Act re-grant funding to bolster our local nonprofit and small business sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic, recognizing that this has been an unprecedented time of demand for the sector’s services. The Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation will supervise the distribution of $225,000 in nonprofit relief funds to Eastern Placer County.

“The Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation was built to support our local nonprofit sector through every period of strife, COVID-19 is no different. Placer County has stepped up in a unique way to set aside $8 million in local funding for our struggling nonprofit and small business sectors,” said Phyllis McConn of the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation. “We’re proud to be partnering with the Sierra Business Council and Placer Community Foundation to do what we do bestensuring nonprofits in need get the funds and support they deserve.”

All applications submitted before the deadline (September 7 by 11:59 pm) will be considered for funding based on the criteria. This is not a first-come, first-served process, so please take your time and answer all relevant questions accurately.

Applications must be submitted by starting the online process here. No paper applications will be accepted.

Please read through all requirements and information below before calling our office with questions.


Eligible organizations: Applicants must be an eligible tax-exempt 501c3 and 501c6 nonprofit organizations located in and/or serving the “Eastern Slope” of Placer County from Soda Springs to the eastern county border. Applicants must demonstrate financial hardship as a result of the pandemic. An organization is limited to one proposal for this grant program.

Ineligible organizations: Churches, Religious Organizations, Private Schools, Parental Choice, Sports Clubs and Activities, Service Clubs such as Rotary or Kiwanis.

Applications will be prioritized as follows:

Priority 1:

  • Safety-net 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations (such as hunger relief, mental health services, senior care, child-care, housing assistance, family and individual interventions.)
  • 501(c)(6) broad-based business assistance organizations (such as chambers of commerce, downtown associations)

Priority 2:

  • All other eligible 501(c)(3) nonprofits
  • All other eligible 501(c)(6) nonprofits (such as business sector-specific membership organizations)

Grant amount: Up to $10,000 depending on organization budget size and demonstrated need

Eligible expenses

Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation will award grants for COVID related needs that align with the goals and funding criteria for this grant program.  Eligible expenses include those costs that are necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to COVID-19 between March 1 – December 30, 2020 as described in section 601(d) of the Social Security Act, as added by section 5001 of the CARES Act.

Ineligible expenses

Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation will not award grants to and/or for:

  • Organizations and programs designed to elect candidates to public office
  • Endowment funds and capital campaigns
  • Scholarships, fellowships, travel grants, and technical or specialized research
  • Government entities
  • Religious activities
  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of age, disability, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, race or religion.


August 25 – Grant Portal Live and Applications Open

August 27 at 10 AM – Online Applicant Workshop for Nonprofits 

September 7 by 11:59 pm – Grant Application Deadline

October 2 – Nonprofit Grant Awards Announced

October 5-13 – Nonprofit Grant Checks Sent Out Based on Signed Award Agreement