Community Impact

Since 2006, The Martis Fund has provided $6,322,948 to 11 non-profit organizations in the Martis Valley region through funding Open Space Conservation, Habitat & Forest Management & Restoration, and Workforce Housing grants.

Open Space Conservation Fund Grants

Truckee River Watershed Council – $172,000

These funds supported the Dry Lake/East Martis Restoration Project.

Truckee Donner Land Trust – $3,589,205

In 2007, $3.53 million supported the purchase of the 1,481 acre undeveloped Waddle Ranch east of Highway 267. Now open to the public, Waddle Ranch provides miles of cross-country skiing, hiking, and biking trails and contributes to the creation of a ten-mile open space corridor for wildlife movement and recreation. Additionally, a project to study deer migration was supported through the Martis Fund.

Habitat and Forest Management and Restoration Fund Grants

Mountain Area Preservation Foundation – $69,000

These funds supported a matching grant for the Trout Creek Restoration Project, Pocket Park and a Bark Beetle study.

South Yuba River Citizens League – $100,000

These funds supported the Van Norden Meadow Restoration Project.

Sugar Pine Foundation – $30,000

These funds supported Sugar Pine Restoration in Eastern Placer County.

Tahoe Fund – $20,000

These funds supported matching grants for the North Shore Sugar Pine Reforestation & survey, and Stewardship Messaging.

Truckee Trails Foundation – $77,740

These funds supported the Elizabethtown Trail and Restoration Project & Sawtooth Ridge Environmental Constraints Analysis.

Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation – $490,193

These funds supported Nature Fund grants for conservation and habitat restoration in the Martis Valley region.

Truckee River Watershed Council – $1,918,210

The Martis Fund has invested nearly $2 million into watershed and habitat restoration projects with the Truckee River Watershed Council. Projects include:

  • Adopt-A-Stream Water Quality Monitoring
  • Main stem Martis Creek restoration
  • Capacity building to fulfill Habitat and Forest programs
  • Middle Martis Creek Wetland Restoration & Martis Estates Restoration
  • Matching grants for TRWC’s Together for the Truckee Society
  • Support for the Tahoe Truckee Conservation & Stewardship Fund
  • Truckee River Weed Warriors Program & continuation funding
  • Matching grant to support the Martis Valley Watershed Assessment
  • Trail Realignment and Meadow Restoration along Martis Creek
  • Martis Valley restoration projects
  • Martis Dam Assessment
  • Watershed Assessment Grant
  • State Water Plan Tracking

Additionally, $350,000/year through 2019 has been earmarked for Long-Term Restoration Project Support.

Truckee Donner Land Trust – $59,205

These funds supported a study of the Martis Valley deer herd.

Workforce Housing Grants

Workforce housing is a major priority for the Martis Fund. The Fund has provided $700,000 in down payment assistance loans and has committed an additional $500,000 for that purpose.  Additionally, $1.4 million has been earmarked for the Regional Housing Solutions Fund – Truckee Railyard/Artist Lofts project..  The Martis Fund has provided over $450,000 in additional grants supporting workforce housing efforts in our community such as: Community House, a project of the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation; A Down Payment Assistance Program through Placer County and Sierra Business Council; Emergency Assistance Funding, Housing Advocacy and Case Management Programs through the Family Resource Center of Truckee; and supported the Emergency Warming Center.

For more information about the Down Payment Assistance Program (DPAP) please contact Gina Jones, Program Administrator at To learn more about the program please visit: