OHIO TURFGRASS FOUNDATION
OHIO TURFGRASS RESEARCH TRUST
The Ohio Turfgrass Research Trust (OTRT) is the 501(c)3 charitable arm of the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation. Contributions to OTRT come through an auction held during the OTF Conference and Show each December, but primarily through donations to the Founders Club.
Founders Club donors are among the industry’s leading practitioners and representatives. They receive complimentary admission to various networking events throughout the year, including the Scholarships and Awards Dinner held Monday evening, prior to the conference.
Because of the generous contributions of our donors, we are proudly offering two grants to further the turfgrass industry in Ohio.
DARRAH RESEARCH GRANT
Named in honor of Founders Club Platinum donor, Dr. Charles Darrah of CLC LABS, this grant will be a two-year commitment of up to $7,500 each year.
Darrah Research Grant Requirements
Applicant(s) must be a turfgrass scientist based in Ohio
The applicant(s) must be affiliated with an accredited university or college
The research project must address an industry need in the area of turfgrass science
Progress/results must be presented during the OTF Conference & Show
A progress report must be provided for publication in the OTF Field Day report or an edition of OTF Turf News
Periodic status updates must be provided to the OTRT Grant Committee
Preference will be given to applications that meet the following criteria:
Applicable to the turfgrass industry as a whole (sports fields, golf, lawn care)
Projects that would receive additional funding from allied associations
Produce publishable results in a peer-reviewed journal
Projects that could be showcased at OTF Field Day or other in-person industry events
Darrah Grant Applications must be received by August 1st. The selection committee will notify applicants of their decisions by October 1st.
GREGOIRE OUTREACH GRANT
In recognition of Founders Club Platinum donors, Ryan and Kelly Gregoire of Agricultural Design, a one- time grant of up to $2,500 will be available for short-term projects supporting the turfgrass industry.
Gregoire Grant Requirements
Program must be completed in the State of Ohio
Must meet a need of the turfgrass industry, which could be research, extension, outreach, awareness or recruiting
Results must be presented at the OTF Conference and Show as a printed report or presentation
Gregoire Outreach Grant applications must be received by July 15th. The selection committee will notify applicants of their decisions by August 1st.
OTRT GRANT APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
Proposals must be submitted by mail or email to Mark Bennet, Executive Director, Ohio Turfgrass Research Trust, by the appropriate dates.
Ohio Turfgrass Foundation
OTRT Grant Committee
305 W. Nationwide Blvd.
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Darrah Research Grant Deadline – August 1st
Gregoire Outreach Grant Deadline – July 15th
Proposals should be no more than six pages, single sided and single spaced in 12 point Times New Romans font. Please cover the following within your proposal:
Name and organization of primary applicant(s)
Grant which you are applying for
Title of your project
Description of the problem which the project will address
Project description and objectives
Description of research methodology (Darrah Grant only)
Location(s) of the proposed project
Detailed budget for the proposed project
If applicable, list of organizations also committed to funding the project
Expected results and deliverables at the conclusion of the project
Only proposals received by the stated deadline and that contain the required information will be considered. Proposals will be reviewed by the OTRT Grant Committee, which is made up of individuals from multiple sectors of the turfgrass industry.
Proposals will be evaluated on the following:
Importance of the project in meeting an industry need
Clearly defined outcomes
Ability to highlight the project in publications and at events
Thank you for your interest.
OTRT Grant Committee