Since 2011, the Hunger Mountain Cooperative Community Fund has distributed a total of $45,302 in community grants. These annual grants provide financial support to businesses, organizations, and initiatives aligned with the Co-op’s mission of building dynamic communities of healthy individuals and sustainable local food systems.
This year’s Community Fund grant application is now available! Click here for the application. Past projects 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. Access our Community Fund grant application here. Completed applications are due by Tuesday, September 4. Grant recipients will be announced at the Co-op's annual membership meeting on Thursday, November 1.
Calais Climate Action Team, Calais, Vermont
2017 Hunger Mountain Co-op Community Fund grant to support the expansion of Gospel Hollow Edible Park
"The Gospel Hollow Edible Park (GHEP) has surpassed any of our hopes and dreams. It has become a well-known park in the town of Calais and has a lot of excitement around it. We’ve logged hundreds of volunteer hours from now well over 50 individual volunteers. The park started just a year ago, now has five pear trees, five apple trees, two plum trees, six hazelnut trees, rhubarb, raspberries, and a large herb garden.
The park would never have been founded without our 2017 HMCCF grant. These funds have been the driving force behind the creation of what is now a thriving community food and conservation resource.” – Jamie Moorby, Calais Climate Action Team
In 2017, the total grants awarded reached $6,600. Below is a list of the full list of recipients, how much they received for a grant, and the projects they are working on:
Food for All: low income CSA share support
Good Food Good Medicine
Family wellness education program
The Growing Peace Project
Teaching gardening, gleaning, and education
Just Basics, Inc.
Montpelier Food Pantry recipe kits
Barre Area Senior Center
Cooking class series
Veggie Van Go in Barre City School
Capstone Community Action
Shelving for food pantry storage
Calais Agricultural Committee
Supplies for Gospel Hallow Edible Park
Northfield Community Development Network
Night on the common - local vendor promotion
Consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Hunger Mountain Cooperative Community Fund! Checks should be made out to Hunger Mountain Co-op with HMCCF on the memo line and dropped off at our customer service desk or mailed to:
Hunger Mountain Co-op
623 Stonecutters Way
Montpelier, VT 05602