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Grants to California and Nevada Nonprofits and Agencies for Projects to Protect Water Resources in Eligible Locations

Truckee River Fund (TRF) Grant

GrantWatch ID# 174549
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
Community Foundation of Northern Nevada - Truckee River Fund (TRF)

Geographic Focus
USA: CaliforniaNevada

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/03/23 Noon - Receipt

Grant Description
Grants to California and Nevada nonprofit organizations and government agencies for projects that improve water quality and protect water resources in eligible locations. Funding is intended to support programs and projects that prevent hazards and pollutants from producing adverse effects on water quality. Funding priorities include bank or channel stabilization, a decrease of erosion, and the removal of invasive species. Funded projects must be located within 303d (impaired waters) sections of the Truckee River, and protect and enhance water quality or water resources of the River or its watershed.

Proposals are encouraged for the following:

  1. Projects that improve bank or channel stabilization and decrease erosion.
  2. Structural controls or Low Impact Development (LID) projects on tributaries and drainages to the Truckee River where data supports evidence of pollution and/or sediments entering the Truckee River.
  3. Projects that remove pollution from the Truckee River.
  4. Projects that remove or control invasive aquatic species or terrestrial invasive plant species that are adverse to water supply.
  5. Other projects that meet the grant priorities listed below.

TMWA recommends that the Advisors give preference to well-prepared and thought out grant requests for projects and programs that mitigate substantial threats to water quality and the watershed, particularly those threats upstream or nearby treatment and hydroelectric plant intakes:

  1. Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS): Projects/Programs that support the prevention or control of aquatic invasive species in the mainstream Truckee River, Lake Tahoe, other tributaries, and water bodies in the Truckee River system.
  2. Watershed Improvements: Projects that reduce erosion or sediment, suspended solids, or TDS discharges to the river. Projects or programs that are located within 303d (impaired waters) sections of the river should be considered, both in California and Nevada. Innovative techniques should be encouraged.
  3. Local Stormwater Improvements: Projects that are well designed which mitigate storm water run-off due to urbanization of the local watershed. Priority should be given to those improvement projects in close proximity to TMWA’s water supply intakes and canals and which will improve the reliability and protect the quality of the community’s municipal water supply.
  4. Re-Forestation and Re-Vegetation Projects: Projects to restore forest and upland areas damaged by fire and historical logging operations, and to improve watershed resiliency in drought situations. Projects/programs in this category should be given a high priority due to urbanization of the watershed and increased susceptibility of the urban and suburban watershed to wildfire.
  5. Support to Rehabilitation of Local Tributary Creeks and Drainage Courses: Practical projects to support water quality improvement in Gray Creek, Bronco Creek, Mogul Creek, Chalk Creek, Steamboat Creek, and the North Truckee Drain.
  6. Stewardship and Environmental Awareness: Support to Clean-Up programs and the development and implementation of educational programs relative to water, water quality and watershed protection.
  7. Meet Multiple Objectives: Projects/Programs should identify opportunities to meet multiple water quality and watershed objectives as outlined above with preference given to those achieving multiple benefits.
  8. Leverage Stakeholder Assets and Participation: Projects/Program selection should include an assessment of various stakeholder interests in all aspects of river water quality, watershed protection, source water protection and species enhancement thereby leveraging available funds and other assets.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
Applicants must be registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit agencies, nonprofit educational institutions, or governmental entities.

To be eligible for funding, grantees must adhere to the following requirements:
- Funds are to be used and/or disbursed exclusively for charitable uses and purposes.
- The Fund shall be used exclusively for projects that protect and enhance water quality or water resources of the Truckee River, or its watershed.
- The Charitable Beneficiaries may include 501(c)(3) organizations and governmental entities. Any grants to governmental entities must be made exclusively for public benefit purposes.
- All grantees will be required to sign a grant agreement stipulating their agreement with all of the terms, conditions, and reporting requirements.
- Organizations or entities sponsoring proposals are prohibited from ex parte communications regarding such proposals with members of the Truckee River Fund Advisory Committee while such proposals are pending before the Committee, and such communications may be grounds for rejecting a proposal.
- To maintain eligibility to receive grant funds, each Charitable Beneficiary must comply at all times with the requirements found at

Projects or programs that are located within 303d (impaired waters) sections of the River should be considered, both in California and Nevada.

Additional Geographic Information:

Truckee River and its watershed

Please note that land and/or water rights acquisition projects are not considered to be a Truckee River Fund priority.

Pre-Application Information
The deadline for submitting your completed proposal is Friday, February 3, 2023, at noon. Applications must be confirmed as received by the Community Foundation of Northern Nevada by the deadline to be considered for funding. For questions, additional information, or an electronic copy of the application, contact the Community Foundation.

Grants are paid on a reimbursable basis for actual expenditures.

Applicants must provide a minimum 25 percent match for funds requested. Guidelines for requests of matching funds are provided in the application form. For larger grant requests, priority will be given to projects that significantly leverage the grant with funding from other sources. Indirect/overhead expenses cannot exceed 25 percent.

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Additional Funding Information

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Term of Contract
Projects must begin within 180 days of award.

Contact Information
To submit a proposal, please contact Lauren Renda at 775-333-5499 ext. 24 or

Questions concerning the Truckee River Fund may be directed to John Enloe, Project Manager, Truckee Meadows Water Authority (775) 834-8250, or Lauren Renda, Philanthropic Advisor, Community Foundation of Northern Nevada (775) 333-5499 ext. 24.

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