Vail Resorts CEO Rob Katz and his wife Elana Amsterdam will be awarding grants totaling about $2.8 million in the 10 mountain communities where Vail Resorts operates. 2 Lake Tahoe area foundations will be on the receiving ends of those grants.
The grants serve to strengthen emotional wellness programs in Lake Tahoe, Vail Resorts announced on Tuesday. The El Dorado Community Foundation in South Lake Tahoe will receive the second largest grant totaling $300,000. The money will be used to support the Behavioral Health Network collaborative with several sub-grants being given by Vail Resorts to increase access to bilingual providers and provide crisis response services to students in the Lake Tahoe Unified School District, according to a press release by the corporation.
The Tahoe-Truckee Community Foundation in Truckee, CA will also get $160,500 in order to build community data collection processes, establish a complete community-wide mental health plan, and support behavioral health services at Sierra Community House. But it goes further than just Lake Tahoe.
The grants will benefit over 40 non-profit organizations to reduce the stigma of mental illness, improve access to mental and behavioral health services, and support collaboration within and among mountain communities. The grants given by Vail Resorts are in addition to the annual EpicPromise grants from the corporation, which support more than 350 non-profits across their mountain communities. EpicPromise grants for 2019/20 are being announced by Vail Resorts in December 2019 and January 2020.