Loans & Grants

SeedSeed Fund Grants 2015

The next round of Seed Grants will be available starting in Spring 2015. Application dates and more information will be available sometime after 1/1/2015. For general information, please refer to th following application info from 2013.

The deadline to submit applications for the 2013 Seed Grants has passed. We will announce grantees in September, 2013.

The Food Co-op Initiative Seed Fund was created to provide early development capital to co-op organizing groups that wish to partner with us in their endeavor. In addition to the grant award, we will commit to regular follow-up and assistance with your team.

Grants are available up to $10,000 when funds are available. We depend on the generosity of other organizations to support this grant program and only a limited number of awards can be offered. The grant money must be matched in equal dollars by the newly forming co-op. These matching funds are usually raised through membership equity and other community sources.

Selection Criteria

The applicant must intend on becoming a cooperative organization and fully understand the cooperative structure, values, and principles. They should be able to articulate a clear vision, and have organized a strong, committed team to their endeavor. Priority is given to co-ops with a high likelihood of feasibility, potential for significant community impact, and evidence of strong partnerships and support. Specific criteria for grants may change from time to time and will be posted when we are accepting applications.

Download application information.

Past Awardees


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A review of 2013 grantees is on our News page.

A full list of past awardees is available here.

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