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January 15 Deadline for Bowers Fund Startup Food Co-op Grant Program


Cooperatives currently in development or in business for less than one year must apply for the Bowers Fund Start-up Food Co-op Grant program on or before January 15 to be considered by the fund’s advisory board.

Between six and ten grants in the range of $600 to $1,000 will be awarded this year to support leadership training and education at startup food cooperatives nationwide. Since its establishment in 1993, the Bowers Fund has conferred more than $370,000 in grants to support the food co-op sector.

Application guidelines:

‚Äʬ†Who can apply?¬†Food co-ops, cooperative development organizations and groups working to form food co-ops are eligible.

‚Äʬ†What can the grant fund?¬†Funds can go toward the training and education of staff, managers and board members of startup food co-ops.

Click here to download the application.

Applications will be reviewed by the Bowers Fund’s advisory board and the board of the Cooperative Development Foundation, which administers the fund. All applicants will receive notification of the status of their application. Grant recipients must sign a grant agreement letter before disbursal of funds, as well as report on the use and results of the grant.

The Bowers Fund strengthens the food co-op community by providing grants for the training and education of food co-op staff, managers and board members. Money is raised at the annual Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) Conference, scheduled for June 11 to 13 in Boise, Idaho, along with other fundraising events, but contributions are always welcome.

The Cooperative Development Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit foundation headquartered in Washington, D.C. CDF’s mission is to promote community, economic and social development through cooperative enterprise.

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