Cannabis Revenues Grant Program Information

In March 2023, the City Council re-funded the community benefit grant program with Cannabis Community Benefit Fees of $400,000. Applications have been reviewed by the grant committee, consisting of the Mayor, a Council Member, the City Manager and the City's Finance Director. The committee awarded grants to projects most consistent with the criteria and which promote the City's strategic priorities. 2023 Awardees are listed near the bottom of this page


To assist the City Council in the evaluation of the community-wide cannabis revenues grant program, processes and guidelines have been developed to assist the City in an annual review of proposals for funding opportunities to local public agencies and nonprofit organizations with programs or projects designed to mitigate potential negative impacts of the cannabis industry in South Lake Tahoe and which promote the priorities of the City Strategic Plan. The City’s Strategic Priorities are: Built Environment, Recreation and Equitable Access, Community for All, Economic Development and Continuous Improvement. The Strategic Plan can be found here: Strategic-Plan-web-version

Please note that this is a grant program for project funding. It is not a donation or sponsorship program. Strong applications will directly address one or more Strategic Priorities while also addressing potential negative impacts of the cannabis industry.


Grant amounts will range from $1,000 to $50,000.

Funds must be expended within one year.

No more than a 10% de minimus indirect cost rate allowed; unless the organization can provide a separate approved federal cognizant agency indirect cost rate.

The City shall disburse 90% up front, and the final 10% shall be reimbursed upon successful completion of final reporting.

Detailed documentation of eligible expenses is required.


The City grant program application window is currently CLOSED. 


• You must have a current City of South Lake Tahoe Business License at the time of application submittal.

• Your entity and proposal must be focused on efforts to mitigate potential negative impacts of the cannabis industry in South Lake Tahoe and promote the priorities of the City Strategic Plan.

• Your entity must be located within the city limits or serve the community of South Lake Tahoe, CA.

• One application per entity.

• If you are a past-year recipient you must be in compliance with the annual reporting requirement, which includes the submittal of a written report, detailing how your previous award was expensed, to the City no later than March 31 following a previous year’s grant award.

• Must meet all requirements outlined in the City’s Financial Policies Granting Funds for Community Benefit and Enhancement.



Contact the City of South Lake Tahoe at with questions.

*Awards were announced at the June 20, 2023 City Council meeting*

2023 Grant Awards

South Tahoe Middle School PTA $ 10,500

Gateway $ 50,000

EDCF The Drug Store Project $ 29,500

Tahoe Youth and Family Services $ 50,000

EDCF Tahoe Alliance for Safe Kids $ 50,000

Bread and Broth $ 10,000

South Tahoe National Little League $ 15,000

South Tahoe High School $ 50,000

Tahoe Valley Elementary $ 10,000

Encompass Youth $ 23,625

South Tahoe Sober Grad Night Task Force $ 20,000

Lake Tahoe Unified School District $ 50,000

Babe Ruth Baseball of South Lake Tahoe, Inc $ 25,000

Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition $ 3,000

Tahoe Art League $ 12,000

Awards in Total $ 408,625

2022 Grant Awards

Soroptimist (Safety upgrades to the softball field) $10,000

TAMBA (Reducing maintenance closures) $10,000

Tahoe Alliance for Safe Kids (TASK) (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 & 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

Awards in Total: $399,650