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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   Grant 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


This year we will give strong priority to:

projects designed to support local foods systems development and 
smaller-scale targeted projects.  


How to apply:

Download the 2017 application here. Completed applications are due by August 31. Applications will be reviewed by the HMCCF committee and the Co-op’s council. Awards will be announced at the Co-op’s Annual Meeting on Thursday, November 2.


Check out some of our grant recipients accomplishments here!



HMCCF is also our Community Partner for the Month of July!

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