Apply for a Grant

Hunger Mountain Cooperative Community Fund financially supports businesses, organizations, and initiatives aligned with our mission. Applications must be received by September 3, 2024.

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 $2,000 and will only fund projects that are designed to support local food systems, food access, and 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 in November of 2024. Submission deadline: Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2024.

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 Counties.

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 2024.

Grant Application

Scoring Criteria

The HMCCF committee will score applicants based on the following criteria and make final decisions during a review meeting.

Food System Eligibility
The project is supporting local food systems, food access, or addressing inequities in the local food system. (Eligible/Ineligible/Unsure)
Scale Priority
The project smaller-scale. (10 points)
Expenditure Priority
The project for a one-time expenditure or capital infrastructure needs. (10 points)

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