Loans & Grants

SeedSeed Fund Grants 2015

2015 application Seed Grant application window is now closed. The deadline to submit applications for the 2015 Seed Grants was May 15, 2015. We will announce grantees in June 2015. Watch this page for info on Seed Grants in 2016.

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 given in amounts 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. Please refer to the FCI Seed Grant 2015 Application & Info sheet (link below) for application forms and additional information.

2015 Applications are now closed. You can review FCI Seed Grant 2015 Application & Info here. Note:On page two of the application info, under "Application Checklist" the EEO form is incorrect and should read the Race & Ethnicity Form.

Past Awardees

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A full list of past awardees is available here.

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