Our Community Grants Application opens once a year, and is scheduled to be available to fill out in the summer, once Change for Good partners have been elected.
Our Community Grants funding program has been giving back to our community for more than two decades now. Each year, the Ashland Food Co-op's Board of Directors sets aside a small percentage of sales from the previous year, into a CDI with the help of our friends at Twin Pines which allows this small percentage to grow into something bigger to fund the Community Program.
These funds support local projects that align with our vision of enhancing health and enriching the community while promoting our mission to provide education about food, nutrition, and health. These local organizations are the heartbeat of our community, and we are proud to contribute these grants to assist in funding projects that are either already in the works or ready to get funded. In 2020, we proudly donated over $24,000 to 27 area nonprofit organizations doing excellent work within our community.
2019 Community Grant Recipients
Applicants are required to be a 501c3 organization (EIN number is required), or have a 501c3 as your fiscal sponsor.
Applicants must also be an Ashland Food Co-op owner whether it be the individual applying, a member of your board, staff, or a key donor.
Application will prompt organizations for their project strategy, sequence of activities, and timeline along with how their project will address equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Non-profit organizations are encouraged to request program funding in one of our four grant categories:
Food and/or Supportive Services for People in Need
Grants in this category fund organizations or projects that strengthen our community by helping those with the greatest unmet needs.
Educational Programs Focused on Food, Nutrition and Health
Grants in this category fund organizations or projects that teach us about the benefits of healthy food and nutrition.
Grants in this category fund organizations or hands-on projects that improve or restore our natural environment.
Education on the Environment or Environmental Sustainability
Grants in this category fund organizations or projects that teach us about our natural world and how we can sustain it and human activities for generations to come.
The 2022 Community Grant application closed on August 9, 2022.
Once a grant application is submitted, it undergoes a careful review process by the AFC Gives Committee, which is composed of a mix of Co-op Owner Members, Employees, and Board Members. Every application is independently reviewed by committee members over the course of a three week period and scored using an extensive rubric . Also during this time, small working groups of 2-3 committee members meet to more closely review and research each application. After the review period, the full committee reconvenes to hear presentations from each working group and to compare rubric scores. Thorough discussion takes place to determine fund allocation and proposal prioritization, and final decisions are decided by an official vote. The AFC Gives Committee is always mindful of avoiding conflicts of interest, and when necessary, committee members will abstain from a vote depending on their community involvement with an organization. If you have any further questions about the AFC Gives Community Grant Review process, you may email [email protected]
Frequently Asked Questions:
- Can I apply if we received a Community Grant last year?
- Can I apply if we were a Change for Good Partner?
Organizations that are selected to be a Change for Good partner are unable to apply to be considered for an additional Community Grant.
Organizations that were not chosen in the election to be a Change for Good partner in the upcoming year are eligible to apply for Community Grant funding.
- How do I apply if I don't have access to the web forms?
Please contact our Marketing Department at 541-552-5479 and they will assist you.
- Can we apply if we are not a 501c3?
You need to either be a 501c3 or have a fiscal sponsor that is a 501c3.
- What is the typical amount awarded for a Community Grant?
Typically, community grants are awarded for up to $2,000 either by check or Ashland Food Co-op gift card.
If you have a program in which you are looking for funding to provide food then you will most likely be rewarded a gift card to be used for natural and healthy food at the Ashland Food Co-op.
- When and how will the funds be disbursed?
Within 2-3 weeks of the Community Grants Announcement, community grant checks and/or community grant gift cards will be sent out by mail or available for pick up.
- If you have further questions please feel welcome to email [email protected]
Organizations' Projects funded by 2022 Community Grants:
- Cave Junction Farmer's Market
- La Clinica
- Ashland Emergency Food Bank
- Multicultural Association of Southern Oregon
- St Vincent de Paul
- Siskiyou School
- Ashland Rotary Foundation
- Consumer Credit Counseling of Southern Oregon
- Jackson County Library Foundation
- Ashland Schools Foundation
- Emerging Futures Network
- Armadillo Technical Institute
- White Oak Farm & Education Center
- Walker PTO
- Cascade Bee Girl
- Folk Soul Farm
- Ashland Parks Foundation
AFC Gives Spring 2021 Webinar: Community Grants Section