The River Valley Co-op Community Fund is a nonprofit charitable foundation established by River Valley Co-op's Board of Directors in 2013.  The River Valley Co-op Community Fund is one of 40 individual food co-op funds which are aggregated for investment in cooperative development. The earnings of River Valley Co-op’s Community Fund can be donated to local nonprofits selected by the co-op, while the invested funds continue to support co-op development in our region. The River Valley Co-op Community Fund is administered by the Twin Pines Cooperative Foundation. We’ve built up our funds with donations from our co-op, our co-op owners and matching funds from some of our vendors to $53,000 over the last few years.

David Thompson, President of the Twin Pines Cooperative Foundation explains, “There is much to be thankful for in the world of food cooperatives. Through a series of good deeds and contributions from co-ops, funders, and vendors, the Cooperative Community Fund (CCF) grew in 2015 by leveraging another $3 million of much-needed funds for co-op development. We call growing these funds the Give Where You Live Campaign. Each local fund serves as a means for local co-op owners, shoppers, and vendors to make donations to an endowment that donates to local nonpro t organizations.”

Links to Owners

The Cooperative Community Fund program is the leader in developing linkages to co-op owners. No other national donation program run by food co-ops gets its message to so many co-op owners and customers. No other national program raises as much money from food co-op owners and customers to give back to the communities that our food co-ops serve. The 40 CCF food co-op sponsors of our Give Where You Live program have now donated over $500,000 to local nonprofits.

The capacity of the CCF grows every year. Impact through regional reinvesting pursues reinvesting the funds it receives from each region back into development organizations that fund cooperative development in that same region. David Thompson said, “In this way, the CCF capital works hard for co-ops in the regions from whence it came. Successful co-op development occurs when all of the ships in the co-op convoy arrive safely at the same port. Among the different ships in the co-op convoy are: members, boards, lawyers, accountants, consultants, developers, bankers, and funders. By all of us being engaged in cooperative development together, we can shave years off our shared voyage.”

The Board will use interest generated annually by the fund to make donations to qualifying local nonprofit organizations that contribute to the quality of life of Pioneer Valley residents. 

River Valley Cooperative Community Fund Annual Grant Program 2017

Four grants will be awarded in the amount of $600 per recipient. Applications are reviewed by a grant committee comprised of Board of Directors and will be announced at the Annual Birthday Celebration at the end of April 2018. Applications are due February 15, 2018.

Grants are given to registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations whose work aligns with our Mission Statement: To build a just marketplace that nourishes the community.

In addition, priority will be given to organizations that:

  • Are based in the communities served by River Valley Co-op and address an environmental or social justice purpose.
  • Have a written nondiscrimination policy
  • Use the funding for specific projects rather than general operating costs.
  • Are nonpartisan and do not advocate a particular religion.

Part 1

 

Part II: Written Materials

Written materials may be emailed as a PDF or Word document to nlatour@rivervalley.coop or mailed to:

River Valley Co-op
Attn: Natasha Latour
330 N.King St
Northampton, MA 01060

Materials may also be hand-delivered to the Customer Service desk  Attn: Natasha Latour.

1. Narrative: Please provide a separate narrative (no more than two pages) including the following:
• Information about your organization and its mission.
• Specific information about how the funds will be used. 
• A description of how the work for which you are seeking funding aligns with our Mission Statement and other stated criteria.
• If your organization has received funding from River Valley Co-op, please describe how this funding supported your stated goals.

2. Supporting Materials: Please include your 501(c)(3) certification. Applicants may also include no more than one piece of supplemental information (brochure, flier, annual report, etc.) with the written materials.