Cannabis Revenue Grant Awards Announced
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CA, June 21, 2022 – The City Council has awarded nearly $400,000 in cannabis revenue grant funds to 14 non-profit or educational entities. In May 2021, the City Council committed to allocating up to 50 percent of the previous year’s cannabis revenue to a community benefit grant program. The grant program is intended to award funding annually to South Lake Tahoe organizations whose projects contribute to mitigating the potential negative impacts of the cannabis industry in the city, and which help promote and address the priorities of the City Strategic Plan, including Built Environment, Recreation and Equitable Access, Community for All, Economic Development and Continuous Improvement. Grant applications were accepted from April 15-May 15, and will re-open for the same period in 2023.
Twenty-three (23) applications were reviewed by the grant committee, consisting of Mayor Middlebrook, Council Member Friedrich as the City Council Finance Committee member, the City Manager, and the City’s Finance Director. The committee awarded grants to the 14 projects that were most consistent with the criteria and promoted the City’s strategic priorities. Ten (10) of the awards are offered at the original request amount. The following is a list of the inaugural program’s grant recipients:
Soroptimist (Safety upgrades to the softball field)
TAMBA (Reducing maintenance closures)
Tahoe Alliance for Safe Kids (TASK) (substance use harm-prevention)
The Drug Store Project (teaching about substance use and abuse)
Sober Grad Night (substance-free graduation celebration)
Lake Tahoe Historical Society (supporting family events)
Family Resource Center (bilingual - bicultural therapist, Spanish)
Tahoe Coalition for the Homeless (mental health & community safety)
Tahoe Art League (murals and art classes)
Gateway Mountain Center (expand youth program)
LTUSD (social emotional learning program, field trips)
Tahoe Youth and Family Services (substance use disorder specialist)
LT Bike Coalition (bike locks and parts to support community donations)
Encompass Youth (counseling & workforce readiness for youth in transition)
The City wants to thank all applicants and encourage those who did not receive funds this year to reapply in 2023. Visit www.cityofslt.us/grantprogram for more information on award criteria and how to apply next year.
City of South Lake Tahoe
The City of South Lake Tahoe is a general law city in El Dorado County, CA, that was founded on November 30, 1965. Located 190 miles northeast of San Francisco, CA and 60 miles southwest of Reno, NV in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, South Lake Tahoe boasts one of the most unique settings in the world, at the edge of an alpine lake of great natural beauty and environmental value. The city limits encompass an area of approximately 16 square miles with an average elevation of 6,200 feet above sea level and a population of 22,525.