City Council announces cannabis revenue grant awards |

City Council announces cannabis revenue grant awards

Submitted to the Tribune

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — The City Council on Tuesday awarded nearly $400,000 in cannabis revenue grant funds to 14 nonprofit or educational entities. 

In May 2021, the council committed to allocating up to 50% 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 applications were reviewed by the grant committee, consisting of Mayor Devin Middlebrook, Councilmember John 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 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) $10,000, TAMBA (Reducing maintenance closures) $10,000, Tahoe Alliance for Safe Kids (substance use harm-prevention) $50,000, The Drug Store Project (teaching about substance use and abuse) $20,900, Sober Grad Night (substance-free graduation celebration) $30,000, Lake Tahoe Historical Society (supporting family events) $10,000, Family Resource Center (bilingual – bicultural therapist, Spanish) $50,000, Tahoe Coalition for the Homeless (mental health and community safety) $50,000, Tahoe Art League (murals and art classes) $7,500, Gateway Mountain Center (expand youth program) $48,750, LTUSD (social emotional learning program, field trips) $50,000, Tahoe Youth and Family Services (substance use disorder specialist) $50,000, LT Bike Coalition (bike locks and parts to support community donations) $2,500, Encompass Youth (counseling & workforce readiness for youth in transition) $10,000. The total amount awarded was $399,650.

The city wants to thank all applicants and encourage those who did not receive funds this year to reapply in 2023.
Visit for more information on award criteria and how to apply next year.

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