Seed Grants

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The 2017 application window is July 15 through July 31, 2017.

Application materials and updated webinar will be available in early summer. Learn more about the  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 International 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. While the 2017 Seed Grant Applications are not yet available. you may review the FCI Seed Grant 2016 Application forms for planning purposes.

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.