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The Sugar Bush Foundation is accepting letters of inquiry for 2019 funding by invitation only. Please contact Kelli Kotowski at kotowskk@ohio.edu with any questions.

Nov. 30 - Letter of Intent is due for prospective projects. Letters of Intent submitted after Nov. 30 at midnight will not be accepted for review in the current award cycle.

Dec. 17 - Prospective project members are notified whether they have been chosen to submit a full proposal. If selected, a Sugar Bush Foundation representative will email the proposal form.

Feb. 28 - The completed proposal is due, including a minimum of two letters of support and a full project budget.

Spring SBF Meeting - Proposals are presented to the Board by the project members.

June 30 - Project members will be notified if the project will be funded and the amount of the award.

Project Requirements

All projects must meet certain requirements to be eligible for funding from the Sugar Bush Foundation.

  1. The project must involve sustainable development in the areas of environmental and socioeconomic development through education, implementation or practice.
  2. An Ohio University college, school, department or program must be involved in the development of and benefit from the project.
  3. The community partner must be a 501(c)(3) registered, tax-exempt charitable organization.
  4. Sugar Bush Foundation provides funds for start-up, research and/or program development, general support and other support as determined. Any operational expenses requested would be closely reviewed to ensure compliance with applicable regulations. Sugar Bush Foundation does not provide funds for capital projects.
  5. Projects funded are to be long-term (more than 12 months) and provide high potential for self-sustaining in the future.
  6. The project must benefit at least one of Ohio’s 32 Appalachian counties.

Does your project meet the qualifications to submit a Letter of Intent

  1. Does this project involve environmental or socio-economic sustainable development - Yes
  2. Does this project pertain to one of the Sugar Bush Foundation's priority funding objectives: Renewable energy, zero waste, environmental protection or restoration, food security, and sustainable development - Yes
  3. Is there an Ohio University program involved in this project - Yes
  4. Is there a community organization that has 501(c)(3) status or governmental status involved in this project - Yes
  5. Will the project benefit one or more Appalachian Ohio counties -

If you answered yes to all these questions, you may submit a letter of intent using the form below. If you answered no to any question above, your project likely does not meet the criteria for an award. Contact us for more information.


Letter of Intent Form

Click here to download the Letter of Intent Form [WORD]. Once you have downloaded and completed the Letter of Intent Form, you can submit it using the button below.

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