Published June 17, 2013 by Food Co-op Initiative

seed-grantsFood Co-op Initiative is now accepting applications for grants up to $10,000 for development of new grocery co-ops. The Seed Grant program provides a cash award along with proven resources to help organizations achieve success. Food Co-op Initiative advisers will work closely with awardees throughout their organizing process, including making at least one in-person visit to the community.

Food Co-op Initiative’s Seed Grant program is designed to streamline the startup process to foster the maximum number of successful, sustainable co-ops. These competitive grants must be matched by the co-op with funds raised locally. Grants may be used for payment to professional consultants; registration fees and expenses to attend training opportunities; and initiatives supporting member recruitment, capital-raising, community outreach, or other aspects of organizing the co-op.

In 2012, Food Co-op Initiative awarded $100,000 to 14 organizations in 12 states. Grants are funded by the USDA, Blooming Prairie Foundation, and the kind support of cooperators nationwide. The deadline for applications to be received is August 1st, 2013.

Application materials are available under Grants on our website.