Co-op Seedling Grants

Seedling Grant Applications are Open!

We are now accepting applications for the 2022 Seedling Grants! Applications close on June 24 at 5 PM. Do you or someone you know work with a non-profit organization that is considering a new project in food justice, food security, food education or related areas? 

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What Are Seedling Grants?

Through our Co-op Seedling Grant program, City Market grants funding to projects from Vermont non-profit organizations whose work strengthens our local food system. The Seedling Grants will be the 50% Rally for Change partner for four separate months in FY22 & FY23 to fund this year's Grants Program. There are, of course, many interpretations of “strengthening the local food system.” Rather than narrowly defining this for applicants, we want to leave room for creativity and new ideas. Please make sure to articulate your interpretation within your application.

Join Our Member Grants Committee!

Seedling grant recipients are selected by Co-op Members! We're looking for a committee of 6 to 8 Members and staff to meet three times in July and August of 2022 to review grant applications and recommend funding decisions to City Market's Board of Directors. To apply to join the committee, send in your application by Friday, June 10 at 5 pm. We’ll notify applicants by Monday, June 27. Committee Members must be available to meet on three separate dates in July and August, to be determined after the committee is selected. Time spent reviewing applications and in committee meetings is eligible for Member Worker hours.

Community Health Centers of Burlington

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Common Roots

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Boys & Girls Club of Burlington

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Milk With Dignity Standards Council

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Age Well

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Seedling Grant History

During profitable years, City Market Members receive patronage checks based on their spending as a form of profit-sharing. According to City Market’s By-Laws, any Patronage Refunds that are not cashed within 90 days are donated to organizations supporting our local food system, as directed by our Board. In 2014, City Market created a new program to offer grants through our uncashed Patronage Refund checks – our Seedling Grant Program! Since 2018, this program has been funded through Rally for Change as the Co-op works toward a return to profitability after our South End expansion.

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Past Seedling Grant Recipients

2020: 350 VermontACORNBarton Community GardenNew Community ProjectNOFA-VT, and UVM State Agricultural College

2019: Janet S. Munt Family RoomTrinity Children's CenterFarm at VYCCAALV New Farms for New AmericansLund VTHOPE (Addison County)Pathways VT (Soteria House)HANDSCVOEO, and UVM Extension

2018:  Age WellCommunity Health Centers of BurlingtonThe Howard CenterMilk with DignityUnited Way of Lamoille CountyUVM Plant & Soil Science, and Winooski Partnership for Prevention

2017:  Burlington High School's Richard Meyer's Food Science ClassThe Intervale CenterJanet S Munt Family RoomThe Schoolhouse Learning CenterUVM Foundation, and Downtown Winooski 

2016: Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf: Farm Stand ProjectIntervale Center: Trail Extension ProjectRural Vermont: Regenerative Agriculture ProjectSalvation Farms: Food Hub Workforce Training ProgramSpoonful Herbals: Herb MobsSustainability Academy PTO: Processing/Cooking KitUniversity of Vermont: Plugging a "Leek" in the Local Food System and Vermont Community Garden Network: Gardens for Learning

2015: Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf: Farm Stand ProjectIntervale Center: Trail Extension ProjectRural Vermont: Regenerative Agriculture ProjectSalvation Farms: Food Hub Workforce Training ProgramSpoonful Herbals: Herb MobsSustainability Academy PTO: Processing/Cooking KitUniversity of Vermont: Plugging a "Leek" in the Local Food System and Vermont Community Garden Network: Gardens for Learning

2014:  Pine Island Farm: Chicken CollaborativeLiving Well Group: Farm to Care ProgramUniversity of Vermont: Establishing a Swede Midge Damage Threshold for Brassica CropsThe Schoolhouse Learning Center: Taking Root: The Farm, Food, Forest (FFF) Program, and Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf: Food Shelf Mobile Pantry and Transport Trailer

Past Seedling Grant Award Ceremonies

Due to COVID-19, we were not able to have in-person awards ceremonies in 2020 and 2021. Prior to 2020, we recorded our Seedling Grant Award Ceremonies. These gatherings presented a wonderful opportunity for grant recipients to meet with us, each other, and public officials to celebrate their impressive work and make connections. 

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