Shareholder Assistance Grant

Shareholder Assistance Grant

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?

  1. Fill out the grant application (click here for a printable application).
  2. Shareholder Services and the Marketing and Community Relations Manager will review the application and respond within 48 hours
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Click here to download a printable PDF application.