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 which will begin construction summer 2018. 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; Emergency Assistance Funding, Housing Advocacy and Case Management Programs through the Family Resource Center of Truckee; and supported the Emergency Warming Center.