Seward Community Co-op Grant Opportunities

The application deadline for the 2020 grant cycle is June 30, 2019.

One way Seward Co-op lives its Ends Statement to “sustain a healthy community” is through robust community grants. The SEED program is a simple yet powerful community giving opportunity that allows customers to “round-up” their grocery bill for recipient organizations that share our commitment to a healthy community. All funds donated at the register are given directly to the recipient organization at the end of each month, often totaling over $20,000 per month. Seward Community Fund (SCF) grants are smaller, but come directly from co-op resources. We also offer a small grant each year to a bike-related organization as part of our Cycle Perks program. The SEED, SCF and Cycle Perks Grant application processes are combined. By submitting an application, your organization is automatically considered for all three programs.

SEED “Round-Up” Program
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 typically 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.

One SEED recipient per quarter will be a “community choice” recipient. Seward Co-op owners and community members will be invited to vote to select four SEED recipients from a finalist list reviewed by a grant committee of co-op staff. Look for detailed information in our e-newsletter and on our website toward the end of the summer. Awardees will be notified prior to the Seward Co-op Annual Owner Meeting in October and will be announced to the public at the meeting.

Seward Community Fund (SCF) Grant
SCF grants are awarded annually in the amount of $1,000 per recipient. Applications are reviewed by a grant committee comprised of co-op staff, and recipients will be notified prior to the Seward Co-op Annual Owner Meeting in October.

Cycle Perks Grant
One Cycle Perks Grant of $1,000 is awarded annually to a bike-related organization as part of our commitment to positive environmental impacts through promoting alternative transportation.

Selection Criteria
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:

Seward Community Co-op Grant Recipients are selected once per year. The 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 June 30, 2019. Applicants will be notified of Seward Co-op’s decision by the time of the annual ownership meeting in October 2019. 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 grant 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, 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. (Keep in mind that these materials will be added to a binder--thick booklets or reports will not be included for the selection committee's consideration.) Please include your 501(c)(3) certification, if applicable (one copy is sufficient).

Written materials may be mailed to:

Seward Community Co-op
Attn: Grants/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: Grants/Abby Rogosheske.