Scholarships

Many CCMA attendees are challenged by limited resources in their pursuit of gaining the tools they need to better to serve their communities through their food cooperative.

To assist you in participating in CCMA 2022, the following scholarship opportunities are available:

CCMA SCHOLARSHIP FUND

On behalf of the Howard Bowers Fund for food cooperatives, which donated its assets to the Cooperative Education Fund in 2020, the Cooperative Development Foundation’s Education Fund is offering registration scholarships to attend CCMA 2022. The Cooperative Education Fund supports cooperative research, sponsors cooperative education events and scholarships and develops cooperative education materials and programs. The CCMA Scholarship will cover registration to the CCMA 2022 conference in Sioux Falls, South Dakota from June 9-11, 2022. This is a needs based scholarship for cooperators from emerging food cooperatives or those that are enduring financial hardship. There is a limit of four scholarships per cooperative or organization.

The Cooperative Development Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation headquartered in Washington, DC. CDF promotes and develops cooperatives to improve economic opportunities for all.

Apply for Scholarship

Deadline for scholarship applications is March 9, 2022.


P6 COOPERATIVE PRODUCER SCHOLARSHIP


The P6 Cooperative Producers Scholarship is designed to increase cooperation among consumer owned food co-ops and cooperatives providing wholesale products for consumers. Over the next three years (2022 – 2024), The P6 Cooperative Producer Scholarship will enable producer cooperative members to attend and exhibit at CCMA, as well as, provide a forum for discussions on collaborative next steps for cooperative buying between grocery co-ops and producers.

This scholarship is funded through the remaining funds from the now disbanded Principle Six (P6) Cooperative. Formed by food cooperatives and wholesale cooperatives in 2014 to facilitate Co-op to Co-op trade and to build awareness around Principle Six of the cooperative principles, P6 was created to be a national initiative to promote small farmers/producers, cooperative businesses, and local farmers and producers.

Who should apply?

Representatives or members from wholesale, producer, marketing, and/or worker cooperatives that are interested in collaborating with grocery cooperatives.

What does the program entail?

  • Up to two scholarships per co-op will be awarded to cover registration costs to attend CCMA. A total of five scholarships per year will be available.
  • Depending on the availability of space, scholarship recipients will receive space in the exhibition hall and/or during receptions to sample products, connect with one another, and connect with attendees.
  • Dedicated networking time and space for P6 scholarship recipients to network with one another.
  • Participate in a breakout session focused on P6 collaboration initiatives.

What is not included in the scholarship program?

  • Scholarship recipients will be required to cover travel and lodging costs to attend CCMA.

Apply for Scholarship

Deadline for scholarship applications is March 9, 2022.


RURAL CO-OP STARTUP SCHOLARSHIP

To increase the number of rural start-ups that are able to learn and grow at CCMA, we are launching a scholarship program that will cover the costs for a promising rural start-up grocery co-ops to attend CCMA. We will work with Food Co-op Initiative to promote the opportunity and will prioritize rural start-ups in the third stage of development to ensure CCMA content is relevant to them.

Who should apply?

  • Food co-op located in a rural community – US Department of Agriculture defines rural as a location with a total population less than 50,000.
  • Your co-op must be operational within the last two years (opened in 2020-2021) or be in Stage III of Food Co-op Initiative’s development stage. Stage III is Implementation meaning that a store site has been selected and the cooperative is moving into the construction phase.

What does the scholarship provide?

  • Complimentary registration for one person to CCMA 2022
  • Travel costs for one person related to traveling to CCMA including flights and/or mileage, plus hotels and meals.

Apply for Scholarship

Deadline for scholarship applications is April 7, 2022.


RALPH K. MORRIS FOUNDATION

Scholarships may be available through the Ralph K. Morris Foundation Cooperative Leadership Fund. Please visit their website at www.ralphkmorrisfoundation.org.