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The Sugar Bush Foundation

The Sugar Bush Foundation (SBF) is a supporting organization of The Ohio University Foundation, funding collaborations between Ohio University and community organizations. The SBF prioritizes zero waste, environmental protection and restoration, food security, renewable energy, and sustainable economic development.

Our Mission

The Sugar Bush Foundation works with Ohio University and local communities to improve the quality of life in Appalachian Ohio by encouraging civic engagement and by fostering sustainable environmental and socioeconomic development.

Our Vision

We envision a model for university-community collaboration based on equal partnership and mutual respect. The impact of The Sugar Bush Foundation will be realized in healthy people, a growing economy, and a vibrant environment.


Give to Sugar Bush

What We Believe In

  • Improving the quality of life and environment in Appalachian Ohio
  • Building local sustainable systems
  • Creating cultural shifts toward sustainable practices
  • Fostering university and community collaborations made of equitable partnerships and mutual respect
  • Sharing of Ohio University expertise with the region
  • Engaging OHIO students in real-world learning
  • Building on the assets of the region
  • Respecting the expertise residing in our communities
  • Seeking high social return on collaborations

Apply for An Award 

The Sugar Bush Foundation is not accepting letters of inquiry for funding this year.

Sugar Bush  currently prioritizes projects in the following categories: renewable energy, zero waste, environmental protection and restoration, food security, and sustainable development.

Please email giving@ohio.edu with any questions.

Project Requirements 

The Sugar Bush Foundation funds collaborations between Ohio University and community partners.

For a project to be eligible for Sugar Bush Foundation funding, all of the following must be true: 

  • An Ohio University college, center, planning unit, or program must be an active partner in the planning and implementation of the project.
  • The community partner must be a registered 501(c)(3) organization or government entity.
  • The project impacts at least one of Ohio’s 32 Appalachian counties (Adams, Ashtabula, Athens, Belmont, Brown, Carroll, Clermont, Columbiana, Coshocton, Gallia, Guernsey, Harrison, Highland, Hocking, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Mahoning, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, Vinton, Washington).
  • The Sugar Bush Foundation provides funds for start-up, research and/or program development, general support and other support as determined, and does not provide funds for capital projects.

Process and Deadlines

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.

To submit a letter of intent for a project that meets requirements, download and complete the Letter of Intent Form [Word] and email it to sugarbushfoundation@ohio.edu by November 30. 

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 and further instructions.

Feb. 28

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

Spring Sugar Bush Foundation 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.

Contact Us

For questions or technical support, please contact us at:

Email: giving@ohio.edu
Phone: 740.593.2636

Ohio University Foundation
P.O. Box 869
Athens, OH 45701-0869

Hylie Voss, President

Carol Kuhre, Vice President

Chip Rice, Secretary

Robert Foehl, Treasurer

Larson Lovdal, Technical Advisor 

Dakota Flournoy

Eli Flournoy

David Funk

Alan Geiger

Bruce Voss

Annie Voss, Student Director

Alexis Kuhre Haag, Student Director

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