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 2020, the following scholarship opportunities are available:


The Howard Bowers Fund is offering 20 registration scholarships for CCMA 2020 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota from June 4-6, 2020. Those who applied should receive notification by early April regarding the status of their scholarship application.

Thanks to the Bill Gessner Memorial Fund there are five – $400 travel stipends available to scholarship recipients. One travel stipend per group only.

Howard Bowers LogoThe Howard Bowers Fund strengthens food co-ops with training and education grants for staff, managers, and board members. Since its establishment in 1994, the Bowers Fund has made almost $500,000 in grants to support the food co-op sector.

The fund is named for Howard Bowers, who dedicated his life to the consumer cooperative movement. His five-decade career included work with the Chippewa Indian Consumer Co-op in South Dakota, the West Bank Co-op in Minneapolis, the Eau Claire Consumer Cooperative, and the Hyde Park Cooperative Society. To learn more, go to

The Bowers Fund is one of several funds managed by the Cooperative Development Foundation. 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 16, 2020.


The UW Center for Cooperatives is proud to offer scholarships for leaders from rural start-up or recently open grocery cooperatives to attend CCMA 2020.

Scholarships are available to current staff and board members who are actively working to start a grocery cooperative and need financial assistance to attend CCMA 2020. Each scholarship recipient must attend the full CCMA conference, June 4-6 2020 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Three scholarships are funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) program which is designed to improve the economic condition of rural areas by helping individuals and businesses start, expand, or improve rural cooperatives and other mutually-owned businesses.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be currently on-staff or a board director and represent a rural grocery cooperative.
  • Cooperative must be incorporated in a rural area. Rural is defined as an area with a population of less than 50,000 inhabitants and not adjacent or contiguous to a city greater than 50,000.
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need.
  • Cooperative must be in FCI’s stage 3 of development (Implementation) or opened the co-op no sooner than January 1, 2019.

Award Description:

The Rural Start-Up Cooperative Scholarship includes:

  • Full conference registration,
  • Travel stipend for transportation to Sioux Falls, SD,
  • Three nights lodging at the conference hotel, and,
  • Meals as offered during the conference

Apply for Scholarship

Selection Procedure & Schedule

  • Applications due March 16, 2020
  • Applicants notified after March 23, 2020
  • Recipients attend CCMA 2020: June 4-6, 2020 Sioux Falls SD

Scholarship is limited to one per co-op.

Contact Info:

Jack Kear, Event Coordinator, UW Center for Cooperatives, or (608) 265-0446.


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