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The Howard Bowers Fund is offering 25 scholarships to cover the cost of registration for the 2018 CCMA Conference in Portland, Oregon from May 31 – June 2, 2018. Preference will be given to start-ups and small food cooperatives with limited budgets. For more information and to apply online, please visit the Howard Bowers CCMA Scholarship Page.

Howard Bowers LogoThe purpose of the Bowers Fund is to strengthen the food co-op community through the training and education of food co-op staff, managers and board members. While contributions are raised through events at CCMA and other fundraising events, the Fund welcomes donations any time. Since its establishment in 1994, the Bowers Fund has made over $390,000 in grants to support the food co-op sector.

The fund’s namesake, Howard Bowers, dedicated his life to the consumer cooperative movement. His career spanned five decades, including 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. For more information, go to

The Howard Bowers Fund is one of eight funds managed by the Cooperative Development Foundation. The Cooperative Development Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation headquartered in Washington, DC. CDF’s mission is to promote community, economic and social development through cooperative enterprises.


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