TThe Sacramento Cooperative Community Fund (SCCF) is an endowment fund founded by the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op in conjunction with the Twin Pines Cooperative in 2001. Each Spring the SCCF awards micro-grants to local non-profit or cooperative organizations for qualifying projects promoting nutrition or health, supporting a healthy environment, meeting basic human needs, particularly nutrition, and/or promoting a the cooperative movement.
Representatives from last year's recipents: Wellspring Women's Center, Maryhouse, and Center for Fathers and Families receive funding and recognition for their organizations at the Co-op Quarterly Owner Meeting
The SCCF invites applications for micro-grants from eligible not-for-profit and cooperative organizations operating in the greater Sacramento area. Applications will be due (postmarked by) Wednesday, April 1, 2015.
Eligibility criteria for a micro-grant from the Sacramento Cooperative Community Fund:
- Applicant must, at the time of application, be a tax exempt, not-for-profit (i.e., IRS reg. 501c3) or a legally-chartered cooperative organization that is operating in the Sacramento area.
- The applicant’s proposal must be for a specific project, activity, or purchase (not for general program operations, ongoing costs, nor the purchase of food or gift certificates for food). (Information on how to request a food or product donation from the Co-op is available here.
- The proposed project must fit one of the categories listed in the Co-op's Community Sharing Policy:
- Promoting nutrition or health
- Supporting a healthy environment
- Meeting basic human needs, particularly nutrition
- Promoting the cooperative movement
Grantees are required to:
Abide by the Co-op's nondiscrimination policy, which requires you to: conduct business and serve customers/clients without regard to race, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, disability, political opinion, or national origin; not knowingly conduct business with or support any organization, business, group or individual who discriminates against others as listed above; prohibit discrimination and harassment (including sexual harassment) of customers/ clients and employees and anyone doing business with the organization
- Agree not to use any of the funds for lobbying or political activities.
- Publicize the award within your organization (e.g., your own newsletter) and by submitting press releases to the local media, if possible, and provide the SCCF with copies of the articles.
- Upon project completion, submit a brief report to the SCCF about results achieved with the micro-grant.
SCCF micro-grants typically range from $200 to $500 but can be from $50 to $750 (maximum).
The Co-op may use the information you provide in the application to publicize your organization’s project in its newsletter, on it's website, and/or in a press release.
- Preference will be given to organizations that have not received over $200 of funds or product/ in-kind donations from the Co-op and/or the SCCF during the past 12 months.
- Awards are decided by Committee. Each application is scored based on Category, Benefit, Budget & Capacity of project.
How to Apply
Complete and sign the application form (download the form here), and submit it with all required documents by mail to:
SCCF Committee c/o Sacramento
ATTN: Stacie Traylor
1900 Alhambra Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95816
Or by e-mail as a single pdf attachment to
with subject line “SCCF Application.” Faxed or hand-delivered applications will not be accepted. Mailed applications must be postmarked, and e-mailed applications received, no later than Wednesday, April 1, 2015.
Please leave a message for the SCCF Committee at (916) 868-6348, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible (usually within 48 hours).
To help grow this fund and support the work of organizations like these, donate to SCCF using swipe cards at Co-op registers, by choosing to put your Make Every Day Earth Day bag token in the SCCF box, or by donating online at http://community.coop/ccf/donate.php