What is the Shareholder Assistance Grant?
The Brattleboro Food Co-op aims to be a welcoming community marketplace. This grant program is in place to fund those community members who could not otherwise afford to be a Shareholder. It covers $60 of the $80 cost of a Brattleboro Co-op Share.
What is the process?
- Fill out the grant application (click here for a printable application).
- Shareholder Services and the Marketing and Community Relations Manager will review the application and respond within 48 hours
- If approved, enroll as a Shareholder and make a small payment. The total, one-time $20 cost may be made in smaller installments over a year.
- BFC pays $60 to complete the full $80 cost of a BFC share.
How is the Shareholder Assistance Grant funded?
Shareholders sew bags in exchange for Shareholder Hours that are then sold in store for $3, and Shareholders who withdraw their Share can donate all or part of their $80 equity to this fund.
Who does this apply to?
If you want to become a BFC Shareholder but the $80 cost is preventing you from joining, this grant is for you. Anyone that would like to apply can do so.
What happens once I get the grant?
Once approved for the grant, you will then join the Co-op, which will cost $20 (payable in increments). As a Shareholder you’ll be eligible for our discount programs, governance rights, and other benefits! You may be eligible for our Food For All program, which means you’ll receive a 10% discount on all your purchases (except alcohol). Click here to read more about all the benefits of being a Shareholder.