Seed Grants

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The 2016 application window is March 28 through April 17, 2016. 



Learn more about the 2016 Seed Grant application process by reviewing the archived webinar: 2016 Seed Grants

The Food Co-op Initiative Seed Grants were 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 retail food cooperative organization and fully understand the cooperative structure, values, and principles. They must be incorporated as a cooperative or in another manner and operate under bylaws and policies consistent with the Initernational Cooperative 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 2016 Application & Info sheet for application forms and additional information. Please submit your completed 2016 application and all required materials electronically between March 28th and April 17th. EXTENDED TO 4/18/2016.

Past Awardees

Coming soon: view Food Co-op Initiative Grantees and Loan Recipients on a map.

A full list of past awardees is available here.