Ashland Food Co-op Community Grant Application

Thank you for your interest in the Ashland Food Co-op (AFC) Community Grant program. Applications are due by 9:00pm on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. 

Click here to download the application as a Word document for offline work. Please note that you must submit your final application digitally on this page; no hard copy applications will be accepted. 

We consider projects that align with our vision of enhancing health and enriching community, and promote our mission to provide education about food, nutrition and health. Projects most likely to be funded are applications that address two main issues important to the Co-op: 1) have a sustainability component that relates to creating a smaller environmental footprint and/or 2) address how the project supports equity, diversity, and inclusion.

AFC Gives Application Guidelines

  • Organizations must have documented tax-exempt status to be eligible.
  • This is a common application for both Community Grant & Change for Good programs.
  • Organizations may request grants and/or AFC gift cards for up to $1,500.
  • Proposals must match one of the AFC Gives categories.
  • Proposals must be clearly written with specifics on how the grant will be used and the impact it will have.
  • Organizations will be required to provide visual and written documentation of how the funds were utilized for marketing by AFC.
The following are NOT eligible for Community Grants:
  • Grants for individuals.
  • Grants to support commercial operations.
  • Monetary requests for capital campaigns or construction projects.
  • Grants for proposals outside of Jackson or Josephine Counties.

AFC Gives Categories

Food and 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.

Environmental or Sustainability Education and Stewardship

  • 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 as well as projects that have a hands-on component to improve or restore our natural environment.

Educational programs focused on Food, Nutrition & Health

  • Grants in this category fund organizations or projects that teach us about the benefits of healthy food and nutrition.


This is a new program of AFC Gives aimed to support increased connection and giving opportunities for Co-op shoppers and community organizations. One organization per month will be featured and shoppers will be given the choice to “round-up” their total at check-out to the nearest dollar. The total amount of round-up money will benefit the featured organization of the month.

Initial vetting will occur by the AFC Gives selection committee and final selection will be done by AFC owners via ballot. To serve as the featured Change for Good organization the following will be required:

  • Offer an info table at the Co-op for 2 hours at least 2 times over the course of the month.
  • Collaborating with the Co-op marketing team to develop materials for two social media posts, four mentions in weekly email, printed posters in-store, and graphics for displays at check-out.
  • Give a short presentation to the AFC front end staff about your organization’s mission and program.
  • Provide a printed information page for front end staff about your organization or program to pass to consumers who have questions or want more information.
  • Participate in First Friday if featured June-October.
Would you like to be considered for the Change for Good program?
If you are not selected as a Change for Good recipient, you will be automatically entered into the Community Grant pool.
Is there a month during which it would be particularly difficult for your organization to be featured?
(For example, if your staff is fully busy with providing service in December, please list that month.)


Please answer the following questions. 

Are you a 501 c3 tax exempt non-profit organization?
If you are not a 501 c3 please contact our Board Administrator at [email protected]
What is your Ashland Food Co-op owner number or your sponsor's owner number? 
Grant Category (please choose only one option)
(Remember: Monetary grants requests cannot exceed $2000.)


Make sure to provide information for the person who will be the primary contact for this grant process. This should be an individual within your organization who will be available for grant reporting in 2021.
Name and Title of Grant Contact
Grant Contact Address
Phone Number


In the following boxes, clearly and succinctly describe your grant proposal. The AFC Gives committee will use this information in their decision making process.
Briefly tell us about your non-profit organization, including current programs and activities.
Tell us if you have received a AFC Community Grant in the last 5 years, stating the year and the amount of the award. Please add specific details of how you used your grant funds awarded to you, from the AFC Gives grants program.
These can be project plans, blueprints/schematics, promotional materials, etc.
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Project Budget


Thanks for filling out the AFC Gives grant application. Double check that you've filled out any required fields (those with a red asterisk). After clicking submit, please wait for a confirmation message on your screen. You will also receive an email copy of the application in your inbox to the email you listed in your application.

Any questions, comments, or issues can be directed to AFC Gives staff liaison, Jake Patoski, at [email protected] or 541-552-5479.