The Oak Hill Fund

To promote the well-being of mankind through effective and inspiring grantmaking.

Established in April 2002, The Oak Hill Fund (OHF) promotes the well-being of mankind through effective and inspiring grantmaking. We are located in Charlottesville, VA.

For the past 14 years, the Environmentally Sustainable Affordable Design (ESAD) Program has been the primary philanthropic focus at The Oak Hill Fund. During this period, the fund has been privileged to partner with over 110 Sustainable and Affordable Housing organizations as well as an additional 50 Educational institutions in supporting and incorporating sustainability and affordability in residential design.

Overall, the ESAD program awarded 334 grants totaling over $26.6 million to over 150 unique organizations in the United States. Based on the remarkable success achieved by our grantees, and related to an ongoing generational transition of leadership at The Oak Hill Fund, the Board has decided that it is time to close the Environmentally Sustainable Affordable Design Program (effective immediately). The grant budget previously committed to the ESAD programs will be shifted to the programmatic foci of the next generation of leadership at The Oak Hill Fund.

If you were an ESAD grant recipient, we certainly wish you well, and hope that you will continue to promote the ESAD mission in your future efforts. We also sincerely thank you for all that you have already done to improve affordable residential design and construction throughout the United States. We are certain that you have made a difference!

We welcome letters of inquiry in the following areas:

Updated on January 1, 2016

Grant Guidelines:

The Oak Hill Fund uses an on-line grant application process that begins with submission of a letter of inquiry. All letters of inquiry will be answered in a timely fashion. Please note that The Oak Hill Fund only awards grants to organizations that are tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Oak Hill Fund prefers project-specific requests in lieu of requests for general operating support. The Oak Hill Fund supports overhead (administrative and fundraising expenses) required for the proposed project. Additional overhead, such as often established by colleges and universities, will not be considered.

At present, The Oak Hill Fund does not support capital campaigns, endowments, individuals, bricks and mortar projects (excluding clinics under the WRHRJ Program), books or films. With the exception of the Diminished Tree Species Program, OHF does not support any research projects.

As there are areas of overlap among our Programs, please feel free to submit an LOI wherever you see the best fit. If necessary, OHF Program Officers will move the request to another Program.

The Oak Hill Fund, PO Box 1624, Charlottesville, VA 22902

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