Hunger Mountain Coop Now Accepting Cooperative Community Fund Grant Applications
(MONTPELIER) Hunger Mountain Coop is now accepting grant applications from local businesses, organizations and initiatives that are doing work to enrich the Central Vermont Community and further The Coop’s Mission of building a dynamic community of healthy individuals, sustainable local food systems and thriving cooperative commerce. "The Cooperative Community Fund is another way for our Coop to work together to further our collective vision of a more healthy and sustainable community in Central Vermont," said General Manager Kari Bradley.
The Hunger Mountain Coop Council (The Coop’s governing Board of Directors) created the Hunger Mountain Cooperative Community Fund in 2005 as a charitable giving program. The Fund provides financial support to businesses, organizations and initiatives aligned with The Coop’s Mission. In 2012 The Coop awarded a total of $3,600 in grants to Granite City Grocery, Vermont Foodbank and Fat Toad Farm for exciting new projects. In 2013, grants totaled $7,500 to Montpelier Senior Center, Morrisville Food Cooperative, Washington County Youth Services, Northfield Senior Center, Floating Bridge Cooperative and Prevent Child Abuse Vermont.
The Fund has grown steadily thanks to generous donations from The Coop’s Member-Owners and community. The Fund’s Advisory Committee anticipates being able to continue to make grant awards on annual basis. The Fund will be used to support local businesses in need of start-up capital, to fund construction of key infrastructure projects like community kitchens, and to encourage local activism on food-related issues in central Vermont.
Applications and more information can be found at The Coop (623 Stonecutters Way in Montpelier) or online at www.hungermountain.coop. Applicants must submit their application by September 15th and The Coop will announce their decisions at The Coop’s Annual Meeting on November 9th. Anyone can make a tax-deductible donation to the Hunger Mountain Cooperative Community Fund, Member-Owner or not. More information can be found online at www.hungermountain.coop or by calling 802-223-8000 ext. 202.