Grant Available for Training

For New and About-to-Open Food Co-ops
The Howard Bowers Fund of the Cooperative Development Foundation is pleased to announce that grants will be available for education and training for co-ops that are new (opened in 2011) or close to opening (will open in 2012).  Six grants for a maximum of $1,000 each will be awarded.  The deadline for applications is April 13, 2012 and grants will be announced in late May.  Please contact for an application.

Grants available:  Six, for a maximum of $1,000 each

For:  Management, staff, and board training and education for co-ops
that opened in 2011 or will open in 2012

Deadline:  April 13, 2012

As part of the annual October is Co-op Month observance, food co-ops around the country make donations of 1% of sales on a day of their choosing (“Howard Bowers Day”) or a flat donation to the Howard Bowers Fund in honor of Howard Bowers, a long-time leader in the food co-op community.  Since 2007, the funds raised for Howard Bowers Day have been used exclusively for the training and education needs of new and about-to-open food co-ops.  These grants are made possible through the generosity of the food co-op community.

For more information about the Cooperative Development Foundation and the Howard Bowers Fund, please see www.cdf.coopand/or contact


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