Meyers Community Foundation seeking grant propsals for local projects, events
MEYERS, Calif. — A grassroots organization in Meyers is looking to harness the creative thinking of residents to bring to life local projects and community-building events.
Meyers Community Foundation was founded in 2011 by three Meyers-based business owners. Since its inception, the foundation has created three events — a holiday tree lighting festival, a fall outdoor gear swap and a fun run — but now the six-person volunteer board is seeking new ideas.
“We’re all about making a better Meyers,” says Rene Brejc, founding member and president of the board of directors. “If you have an idea to improve our community, we want to hear about it.”
Most recently, the foundation awarded a donation to the Tahoe Paradise Resort Improvement District for restocking of fish in Tahoe Paradise Park’s Lake Baron.
Brejc says proposals can range from community art projects and cleanup plans to new events and aesthetic enhancements to the main drag of Meyers.
The foundation raises money for these projects through its annual events as well as donations.
“Before we were even organized as a foundation we decided to do a tree-lighting festival and 300-400 people showed up,” Brejc said. “That was a sign.”
In October 2014 the foundation created the Meyers Outdoor Gear Swap, giving residents the opportunity to sell gently used gear with 20 percent of sales going to support community projects.
This May, the inaugural 2.6-mile Old Meyers Grade Fun Run took place with proceeds from registration going back into the foundation.
“We’d like to grow the events that we have to become bigger so they become our main fundraisers,” Brejc added.
To apply for a grant through the Meyers Community Foundation, submit an application online at http://www.meyerscommunityfoundation.org. Applicants will also be asked to make a presentation at a board meeting.