Proposals Sought for 2018 Community Grants

The funding cycle for the 2018 Co-op Community Grants for nonprofit organizations begins in February.

Every spring, for more than 20 years, we’ve been donating to area nonprofits through our Community Grant program. We are committed to creating healthy, sustainable  communities and this program helps us fulfil that commitment by supporting the amazing work of local nonprofits. The Community Grant program also highlights Cooperative Principle 7, Concern for Community. We take this Principle to heart.

Our Grants Committee considers projects that align with our vision of enhancing health and enriching community, and projects that promote our mission to provide education about food, nutrition and health. Projects must also have an embedded sustainability component that relates to a smaller environmental footprint. These are small grants of up to $1500. This year’s application is paperless.

Non profit organizations can ask for program funding in one of our four grant categories:

  • Food and/or Supportive Services for People in Need
  • Environmental or Sustainability Education
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Educational Programs Focused on Food, Nutrition, and Health

Applicants must have documented tax-exempt status.  Requests for personnel or construction costs are not eligible. 

Application information will be on our website or at the Information Desk on Monday, February 5, 2018. The online application must be completed by Friday, March 23, 2018. Funds are distributed at a Grant Award event in May.

Questions about eligibility for a Community Grant can be directed to:

Annie Hoy, 541-552-5443 or outreach@ashlandfood.coop or

Mahlea Rasmussen@outreachassistant@ashlandfood.coop

About Ashland Food Coop

Ashland Food Co-op is a consumer cooperative that operates for the benefit of our owners. It’s simple to own your share of the Co-op. Just make a one-time, refundable equity investment of $100. You may pay in full or make an initial $10 payment! You’ll be reminded at the register when another quarterly $10 payment is due until your $100 equity purchase is paid. In return, the Co-op pledges to operate for the long-term health of our community. Unlike most businesses that make decisions primarily to maximize profits, cooperatives make decisions to maximize service to their owners and the community.

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