Become a SEED Recipient

We are now accepting applications for the 2018 grant cycle. The application deadline for 2018 SEED recipients is August 1, 2017.

For more than 40 years, Seward Co-op has been committed to giving back to our community. In 2011, we introduced SEED, a new way for customers to participate in this commitment. This simple yet powerful community giving program allows customers to “round-up” their grocery bill for recipient organizations that share our commitment to a healthy community.

A calendar of rotating monthly recipients is established annually. One organization is selected per month and all donations made during the month will go to the designated recipient. At Seward Co-op’s discretion, the recipient calendar may be preempted to raise emergency or disaster relief funds. Local food shelves are designated as SEED recipients once per quarter. With the exception of food shelves, organizations may be a SEED recipient no more than once per year.

Grants are given to organizations whose work aligns with our Ends Statement:

Our Ends Statement
Seward Co-op will sustain a healthy community that has:

• Equitable economic relationships;
• Positive environmental impacts; and
• Inclusive, socially responsible practices.

In addition, priority will be given to organizations that:

• Are based in the communities served by Seward Co-op.
• Reflect the cultural and racial diversity of our communities.
• Use this funding for work related to food justice.
• Use this funding for specific projects rather than general operating costs.
• Are nonpartisan and do not advocate a particular religion.
• Are registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.


How to Apply:
SEED Recipients are selected once per year. The SEED recipient application has two parts: Part I is an online form. Part II includes written information that may be mailed or delivered in-person. All applicants must submit BOTH the online form (Part I) AND the written submission (Part II) in order to be considered. Applicants may include certification of nonprofit status and no more than one piece of supplemental information (brochure, flier, annual report, etc.) along with written materials (Part II). Applications must be received by August 1, 2017. Applicants will be notified of Seward Co-op’s decision by the time of the annual ownership meeting in October 2017. All materials (Part I and II) must be received by the application deadline in order to be considered.

Part I: Please complete the online form.

Part II: Written Materials

Please submit three copies each of the following written materials. Do NOT staple materials together.

1. Cover sheet: Written materials must include a cover sheet with the contact information provided in the online form. Download cover sheet template. (Note: this similar to the online form; we require both for administrative purposes.) Provide three copies.

2. Narrative: Please provide three copies of a separate narrative (no more than two pages) including the following:
• Information about your organization and its mission.
• Specific information about how the SEED funds will be used.
• A description of how the work for which you are seeking funding aligns with our Ends Statement and other stated criteria.
• If your organization has received funding from Seward Co-op in the past (through SEED or SCF), please describe how this funding supported your stated goals.

3. Supporting Materials: Applicants may also include no more than one piece of supplemental information (brochure, flier, annual report, etc.) with the written materials. Two or fewer pages is preferred; provide three copies. Please include your 501(c)(3) certification, if applicable (one copy is sufficient).

Written materials may be mailed to:

Seward Community Co-op
Attn: SEED/Abby Rogosheske
2601 E. Franklin Ave., Suite 200
Minneapolis, MN 55406

Materials may also be hand-delivered to the Customer Service desk of one of our locations Attn: SEED/Abby Rogosheske.