The Co-op council created the Hunger Mountain Cooperative Community Fund (HMCCF) in 2005 as a charitable giving program. HMCCF provides financial support to businesses, organizations and initiatives aligned with our mission. Past grants have supported local businesses in need of start-up capital, construction of key infrastructure projects like community kitchens, and local activism on food-related issues in central Vermont.
Thanks to generous donations from our member-owners and our partnerships with Twin Pines Cooperative Community Fund and the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, our community fund has continued to grow steadily. In 2016, the total of Cooperative Community Fund grants awarded reached $9,412. Below is a list of the 2016 recipients, how much they received for a grant, and the projects they are working on:
Applicant Award Project
Another Way $2000 Healthy Initiative Kitchen renovation
Vermont Foodbank $2000 Veggie Van Go in Barre
Bethany Church $1637 Ware washing operation upgrade
Calais Agriculture Committee $500 Edible landscaping for public lands
Central VT Council on Aging $2000 Healthy Eating for Healthy Aging
Barre Senior Center $275 Eating Well For Less
Food Justice Program of Highgate $1000 Good Food, Good Medicine program
The 2017 grant application process has closed. We will be looking for new grant applications in August 2018.
Check out some of our grant recipients accomplishments here!