City Market Awards Grants to Local Food Projects

2014 Co-op Seedling Patronage Grant Recipients

We congratulated our 2014 Co-op Patronage Seedling Grant recipients and offered almost $60,000 in grant funding to local food projects at a recent Grant Celebration that also launched the 2015 Co-op Patronage Seedling Grant process.

We sent over $968,000 in Patronage Refunds to more than 10,000 Members in November 2014. As part of the Patronage Refund process, the Co-op offers Members the opportunity to donate their checks to strengthen Vermont’s food system. Members who receive Patronage Refunds support these donations by choosing not to cash their checks within the required 90 day time period. This year, uncashed Patronage Refund checks from Members are funding 5 local food projects from community organizations doing amazing work in Vermont.

We set a minimum of $20,000 in total grants when the projects were chosen in September 2014, but the uncashed Patronage Check total was almost three times that amount, so these organizations received a much larger infusion of cash to strengthen the local food system. The 2014 grant recipients’ projects touch almost every part of the local food system – from youth, to seniors, to the food itself and food transport, as well as plant and soil sciences:

At a Grant Celebration held earlier this week, Pat Burns, City Market’s General Manager, said, “We are truly inspired by the generosity of our Members. When reviewing applications for this new grant program, our Member committee was amazed at the diversity of thoughtful work that’s being done in Vermont. This year’s almost $60,000 in grants will clearly forge some new ground in projects that will be meaningful across the state.”

We are now accepting applications for the 2015 Co-op Patronage Seedling Grants from Vermont non-profit organizations whose project work strengthens the local food system. The minimum total grant award for 2015 will be $40,000 with individual grant awards ranging from $500 to $7,500. The application and process can be found on our Co-op Patronage Seedling Grant page, and applications will be accepted until Monday, June 29 at 5pm.