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Cooperative Development Foundation Mutual Service Fund

Grants to USA Cooperatives & Related Organizations
for Solutions for Seniors in Rural Communities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Cooperative Development Foundation

Deadline Date:

08/02/13 5:00 PM


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Grants generally averaging up to $20,000 to cooperatives or cooperative-related organizations that propose projects supporting the growth and development of cooperative solutions for seniors in rural communities, with a preference for proposals that are about integrating cooperative home care into rural housing developments.

Scholarships (between $500 and $1,000) are also available for individuals to fund training in cooperative education. The purpose of these grants is to support the growth and development of cooperative enterprises and organizations, with a particular focus in the agribusiness arena.

There is an emphasis on proposals which have the potential to:
a. Increase public understanding of the cooperative model and the role cooperatives play in the economy.
b. Produce new information about emerging issues and opportunities in the cooperative community, through research and analysis, as well as pilot projects.
c. Facilitate the education of current and future cooperative leaders.
d. Provide technical assistance to new or growing cooperative enterprises and to non-profit organizations engaged in cooperative development.

Within this framework, preference is given to grant applications and proposals outlining:
a. Projects (or scholarships) directed towards cooperative education, cooperative training or cooperative marketing/promotion.
b. Development or “leading edge” projects where seed money is needed to establish credentials for alternative future funding. Please note: grants are not awarded to fund salaries, general operating expenses or capital improvements.
c. Projects sponsored by organizations located in the continental United States that have demonstrated the ability to complete programs in a timely and quality manner.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 134256

Estimated Size of Grant:

$500 to $100,000, with most grants at $20,000 or less. Scholarship grants range between $500 and $1,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any cooperative or cooperative-related organization may apply for a grant. Other organizations can also apply for a general grant if the intended grant purpose is restricted to charitable purposes, or research or education on a topic related to the cooperative field.

Individuals may apply for a scholarship grant to fund training in cooperative education.

Personnel salaries/benefits
General operating costs
Capital improvements

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants are encouraged to discuss their proposals with the staff at CDF to ensure that it meets the Fund’s criteria for 2013.

Applications are due August 2, 2013, applicants are notified in October, and grants are made in October or November.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Phone: (703) 302-8094

Cooperative Development Foundation
2011 Crystal Dr., Suite 800
Arlington, VA 22202

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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