Apply for a Grant

Hunger Mountain Co-op Fund grants provide financial support to businesses, organizations, and initiatives aligned with our mission. Applications must be received by July 31, 2023.

Apply for a Hunger Mountain Cooperative Community Fund Grant

The Hunger Mountain Cooperative Community Fund (HMCCF) provides financial assistance to businesses, organizations, individuals, and initiatives aligned with our mission to build a dynamic community of healthy individuals, sustainable local food systems, and thriving cooperative commerce. Hunger Mountain Co-op wants everyone to feel welcome, and we strive to be an inclusive and anti-racist community.

This year, we will consider requests for grants of $250 to $1,500 and only fund projects designed to support local food systems, food access, or projects that address inequities in the local food system. To request a sponsorship or donation instead of a grant, fill out a sponsorship or donation form. Applications will not be accepted from groups that employ Hunger Mountain Co-op Council members, members of the HMCCF Committee, or their immediate families. Your application will be reviewed by the HMCCF Committee and the Co-op’s Council. Scoring criteria is at the bottom of the application. Awards will be announced at our Annual Meeting on September 13, 2023. Submission deadline: Monday, July 31, 2023.

We Will Give Strong Priority To:

  • smaller-scale, project-specific proposals;
  • requests for one-time expenditures or capital infrastructure needs;
  • proposals from historically or currently marginalized groups (for example: owned by, operated by, or serving primarily BIPOC, women, LGBTQIA+ community members);
  • projects taking place in Washington, Lamoille, Orange, or Caledonia County.

We Will Give Lower Priority To Proposals That Are:

  • focused on hiring staff or supporting professional service contracts;
  • projects or organizations the HMCCF has supported in previous years;
  • from very large/statewide organizations;
  • from organizations receiving other Hunger Mountain Cooperative funding (Give Change, sponsorships, etc.) in 2023.

Grant Application

Scoring Criteria

The HMCCF committee will score applicants based on the following criteria and make final decisions during a review meeting. Please note that we may reach out for references as needed during the application review process.

Food System Eligibility
Is this supporting local food systems, food access, or projects that address inequities in the local food system? (Eligible/Ineligible/Unsure)
Project Logistics
Is the project specific and measurable? Is there a clear plan to accomplish it in a reasonable time? (20 points)
Project Viability
Is the project attainable, what is the impact, what is the cost and benefit? (20 points)

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