With the announcement of its new 2013 Community Service Grants Program application guidelines, Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe sets forth its plan to grant $30,000 to a maximum of five local non-profit organizations in the coming year. The group invites local non-profit organizations to apply for grant funding for new and innovative programs or to make significant improvements to existing ones. The SISLT Allocations Committee will evaluate all submitted proposals based on the criteria outlined in the grant application packet. Finalists will be invited to make a presentation before the entire 100-member club, which will then select the grant recipients. Allocations Committee Co-Chair Karen Kurtzman noted that preference will be given to projects that address the needs of underserved populations. All funds must also stay within the South Shore community. In addition, only non-profit organizations without dedicated foundation support may apply. “We know from experience that a well-detailed plan is critical to the successful implementation of any program,” Kurtzman said in a statement. “We take this process very seriously and we expect the applications to be thorough.”Last year’s grant recipients were Live Violence Free (formerly the Women’s Center), which received a $10,000 grant for their Girls Empowerment Retreat, and Tahoe Youth & Family Services, which received $10,000 for their Tahoe Collaborative Mentoring Project with the Boys and Girls Club. “The 2012 recipients were chosen because they proposed completely new and innovative ideas that had never been executed in our community. We challenged them to think big, and they did. We were thrilled to reward them with the funds they needed to make those programs a reality,” said Mickey Madden, an Allocations Committee member, in the statement.Applications for SISLT’s 2013 Community Service Grants are available and can be downloaded from the organization’s website at www.sislt.org. The deadline for applications is Nov. 9. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org. All of SISLT’s grant funding comes directly from the organization’s largest annual fundraiser, “An Evening of Food and Wine Tasting,” which is now in its 42nd year and will take place in the Harrah’s Lake Tahoe convention center on Nov. 2. The entire community is invited to the event. More information is available at www.sislt.org.