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The Co-op's commitment to our community goes beyond good food. Supporting the local community through charitable giving, store donations and special events is very important to the Co-op. We host and sponsor local events big and small, emphasizing agriculture, the arts, athletics and education.

 


Part of being a cooperative business means we are committed to our community and have a budget for donations and sponsorships. We donate to as many groups as possible on a first come first served basis, and wish we could donate to everyone, but funds are limited.

We are happy to consider requests for donations and sponsorships from any local, non-profit group or event. Please submit your requests as far in advance as possible; two weeks is best for a typical donation ($20 gift certificate that can be used as an auction item or used to purchase food or other products). Several months is best for sponsorships, which are reviewed monthly for events that are three to four months out.

Please submit your request in writing and leave at Customer Service in either store or email to Jolie Harvey. We look forward to hearing your requests!

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Community Round UpYour small change can make a big difference for our community! You can now round up your purchase to the nearest dollar and we’ll donate the difference to the Cooperative Community Fund (CCF). See below for more about CCF.

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Co-op Community Fund

What is CCF?
CCF is a collection of funds where the fund’s appreciation/earnings are gifted to local non-profit organizations annually through a granting process. Co-op employees, members, and shoppers for the past 21 years have given donations directly to CCF to build the endowment, which in turn enables the Fund to underwrite local projects. The funds are distributed as grant awards for special community projects each year.

Mission
"The Cooperative Community Fund (CCF) is a permanent endowment established and directed by members of the North Coast Cooperative, which awards grants to support projects and the work of community organizations in Humboldt County. Through collaborative grant making the Fund seeks to strengthen the community by emphasizing projects and activities that promote democratic cooperative principles, community development and food security.”


How does CCF support the Community?

CCF makes grants to nonprofit tax-exempt organizations and/or public schools on an annual basis. The current focus for CCF grants are projects that address at least one of the three following areas:

Sustainable Agriculture
Food Security (defined as the access to a safe supply of quality food to all aspects of a community)
Food Nutrition and Education


Organizations that received grant awards 2013-2014

$475
Arcata Bottom 4-H
Sustainable Agriculture Tools
$475
Arcata House Partnership
Mobile Food Outreach Program
$475
Community Alliance with Family Farmers
Know Your Farmer Program
$475
DreamQuest
Demonstration Permaculture Garden Phase Two
$1000
Food for People
Senior Brown Bag program
$475
Fortuna Adventist Community Services
Fortuna Community Garden Project
$725
Fuente Nueva Charter School
School Garden
$475
Healy Senior Center
Congregate Meal Program
$9000
Humboldt County Office of Education
Harvest of the Month
$725
Humboldt Senior Resource Center
White Bag Program
$475
Humboldt Seed & Plant Exchange
Plant & Seed Exchange
$725
Humboldt Senior Resource Center
White Bag Program
$725
Northern California Indian Development Council
Northwest Intertribal Gathering & Elders Dinner
$475
Plan It Green
Transition Humboldt Project
$375
Tahoe Foundation
Native Grasslands Education
$16,350
Total

How to Apply
Complete the application process using the Granting Guidelines (PDF). All proposals must be postmarked by November 1, 2014. Groups applying are notified in December and checks are awarded in January at a check ceremony. A reporting form, including photos, is due at the completion of each funded project. CCF Reporting Form for 2014-2015 (PDF)

For more information, contact Bella Waters, CCF Liaison at (707) 382-3109

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