Barton Foundation funds $50K in support of community health in South Lake Tahoe |

Barton Foundation funds $50K in support of community health in South Lake Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. —The Barton Foundation is awarding $50,000 across 15 local health programs that expand care and provide services addressing the community’s most pressing health issues.

Based on extensive surveying from Barton Health’s 2018 Community Health Needs Assessment, the Foundation’s 2019 community health grants prioritized local programs that address the top health issues identified in the area: access to care, mental health, and substance abuse.

The 15 selected applications for grant funding include projects offering cancer support services, mental and behavioral health programs at schools, and support for non-profit organizations that address unmet health needs of the community.

The grant recipients are: A Balanced Life — supporting a Dialectic Behavioral Therapy group at South Tahoe Middle School; Child Advocates of El Dorado County (CASA) — providing training for new volunteers; Drug Free Coalition — funding the parent texting platform to help educate on substance abuse issues; Drug Store Project — providing youth education materials during their annual awareness event; Juvenile Services Council — for programs supporting mental health and social skills development; Live Violence Free — providing behavioral support resources at the local Boys & Girls Club; Lake Tahoe Unified School District — supporting services for at-risk foster and homeless youth; SOS Outreach — providing resources for an outdoor mentorship program for low-income children; South Lake Tahoe Cancer League — funding cancer patients’ transportation to treatments; South Lake Tahoe Library — for resource kits to help those with substance abuse and mental health issues; South Tahoe High School Booster Club — for stigma-reducing classroom presentations by therapists; Suicide Prevention Network — for educational resources and presentation materials at local schools; Tahoe Climbing Coalition — supporting activities for at-risk and underserved youth; Tahoe Coalition for the Homeless — providing services at the South Tahoe Warm Room; Tahoe Youth & Family Services — funding a behavioral health counselor at South Tahoe Middle School, Mt. Tallac Continuation High School and South Tahoe High School.

“Barton is committed to collaborating with local partners and stakeholders to tackle our area’s complex health needs,” said Chris Kiser, executive director of the Barton Foundation. “We are thrilled to be able to make a difference in people’s lives by awarding these grants, made possible by philanthropy for the health of our community.”

Grant applications went through a review process by the Community Health Advisory Committee, a group of clinicians, elected officials, private and non-profit stakeholders that serve as an advisory committee to Barton Health’s Board of Directors. The CHAC advocates for pertinent community health issues in the community and works as an oversight committee for the Community Health Needs Assessment.

Since 2009, Barton Foundation has awarded more than $400,000 in grant funding as part of Barton Health’s commitment to community health and collaboration.

The next grant cycle will open May 1. Grant criteria and information about the Barton Foundation can be found at

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