Here at the Co-op, we take pleasure and pride in our role as investors in the social, environmental and economic well-being of our community.
One of the ways we do this is through our Community Giving program! As the Co-op grows, so does our ability to support a wide variety of community initiatives. Read on to find out what the Co-op currently offers by way of grants, awards, fundraising opportunities, donations, sponsorships and more!
- Use of Covered Area
- General Donation
- Gift Card Fundraisers
- Community Donation Days
- Vitamin Program
- The Giving Tree
- Organization of the Month (formerly known as the Till Donations Program)
Use of Covered Area
As you walk into our store, you pass through our outdoor “covered area.” This space can be booked by local and not-for-profit organizations, service groups, schools and community programs for awareness-raising purposes, community fundraisers, or informational and educational purposes of a non-partisan nature. All users must follow the Coverage Area Usage Policy. You can fill out a request online or at our Customer Service desk
Perfect for small, community fundraisers.
Are you involved in a group, school, or non profit society that is holding a fundraising event in our community? If so, you are welcome to apply for a gift card. This gift card can be used as a door prize or to purchase snacks/refreshments for a reception, food items for a community dinner, or to thank your volunteers. We also encourage you to put your gift card towards a gift basket, ordered through Customer Service. Gift baskets are perfect for silent auctions, gala events and raffles.
How to Apply:
Fill out our Community Giving General Donation Application (download this PDF and use your pdf reader to “fill and sign”), and either email it (find the address on the application form) or drop it off in person at Customer Service.
Requests are granted on a first-come-first-served basis for this program. Due to limited funds and increasing demand, we advise groups to apply with as much advance notice as possible.
Please allow at least 10 days for us to process your application and respond to your request.
Perfect for larger, community-wide events, such as festivals or tournaments
Are you organizing a large, community event or initiative? Are you a not-for-profit team? If so, you are welcome to apply for the Co-op to be a sponsor. The Co-op may be able to offer a combination of cash and food such in exchange for advertising and publicity on your promotional materials.
How to Apply:
Fill out the Request for Sponsorship or email your Sponsorship package to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please allow at least two weeks for us to process your application and respond to your request.
Gift Card Fundraisers
Perfect for schools and organizations with an active membership base and a volunteer able to commit to the financial coordination.
The Gift Card Program offers groups and organizations the opportunity to raise money by selling Co-op Gift Cards. The Kootenay Co-op donates 7% of the purchased card value to the organization.
Deadline for Application: Available year round.
Please allow at least one week for us to process your order.
How to Apply:
Read the Gift Card Fundraising Guidelines to get set up.
Once your account is set up, email email@example.com and please include:
- 7 days’ notice so that we can make sure we have time to load all the cards
- the account number (5 digit number) if you have been assigned one, and organization name in the subject of the email
- the total value of the cards you wish to order
- the denominations of the cards ($25, $50, $100, $200 and $300 available)
Please note that the minimum order is $500, and the maximum order is $20,000. When you place your request, we’ll send you a confirmation email with a reminder of what you’ll need to pay in order to pick up the cards. Payment must be by cash or cheque and pick up is at Customer Service.
The Kootenay Co-op Community Grants Program offers up to $500 for community projects or initiatives that help us towards our Vision: We envision thriving communities with resilient food systems, where all people have access to affordable food that is healthy for our bodies, our communities, and the Earth.
Community Grants are available to local organizations for community projects, programs or initiatives. Successful applications will include specifics about the project and its impact on our local community, alignment with our Vision, the ability of organizer(s) to complete the project, and how our Co-op’s contribution fits within the overall budget. Organizations and programs can receive a maximum of one Kootenay Co‑op Community Grant per 12-month period. Organizations must acknowledge the Kootenay Co‑op’s contribution in their project materials.
1. Complete Community Grant Application. If you need more space to explain your project, additional materials are welcome.
2. Submit the completed application to Customer Service or electronically at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. A committee of Kootenay Co-op staff, Board and members will review applications and make grant awards on a quarterly basis.
Applications Due: December 1st, March 1st, June 1st, September 1st
Learn about our recent recipients on our Grants page
Community Donation Day
We hold one Community Donation Day each year in support of Kootenay Organic Growers Society (KOGS), where the organization receives 3% of the day’s sales. This day is a great opportunity to meet your farmers and find out how Organic farming is better for our soil, our water, our wildlife, our farmers and our eaters!
The Kootenay Co-op helps an organization that provides nutritional support as part of its social service to sectors of our community in need, including end-of-life care, those living with disabilities, mental illness or other challenges such as poverty, homelessness, or addiction.
Every year the Kootenay Co-op and its suppliers donate to ANKORS, approximately $2,000 worth of vitamins and supplements. These go to those living with and at the greatest risk of acquiring HIV / AIDS and/or Hepatitis C, who have difficulty obtaining services elsewhere, especially due to substance use, mental illness, sexual orientation, gender identity, race and ethnicity, and/or other social barriers.
Since 2017, we have partnered with suppliers to donate high quality prenatal vitamins to Kootenay Kids to help make sure low-income mothers and mothers-to-be embrace nourishing diets for their little ones.
The Giving Tree
Perfect for organizations that have a seasonal initiative, service or identified need. These organizations must have staff/volunteers who can be actively involved in planning in November and participating in December.
This year our cards support Kootenay Food, and feature an illustration by staff member Jonathan Ramos.
Each December, the Co-op selects local organizations to receive our Seasonal Giving Tree donations. This allows our members and shoppers to donate directly to the selected organization by picking a decorative card from the tree and ringing it through with their purchases.
Deadline for Application: October 30th for December’s Giving Tree.
How to Apply:
In September or October, email email@example.com or through our Connect with Us page to express interest in this program.
Organization of the Month (formerly known as the Till Donations Program)
Each month, we feature a different local group at our tills so that shoppers can make a donation as they check out.
Till donations are available to any community organization.
1. Complete the Organization of the Month Application. If you need more space to explain your project, additional materials are welcome.
2. Submit the completed application to Customer Service or electronically at firstname.lastname@example.org before December 1st.
3. A committee of Kootenay Co-op staff and members will review applications and set the monthly schedule for the next year.
Applications Due: December 1st, 2019 for all 2020 Till Donation Recipients
One person can make a difference! The Co-op offers an annual $1000 scholarship for individuals in our community to acquire the knowledge and experience that lead to empowerment and change.
This scholarship is awarded in May for post-secondary education. Priority is given to studies in food & environment, health, community development, and cooperation, but we invite applications from all in our community. There is no age restriction and all members and their children are eligible to apply.
How to apply: Fill out the Kootenay Co-op Member Scholarship application form and email it to email@example.com or drop it off at Customer Service.
Deadline for Application: April 25th each year.