June 2019 Community Grant Recipient: RARTS


June 2019 Community Grant:
The Rural Alternatives Research & Training Society (RARTS)

RARTS is best known as the mother organization of the Vallican Whole.

RARTS’ programs include bi-annual Locavore Feasts, Whole Perspectives (theatrical representations of many perspectives on controversial topics), cultural events, and Rural Skills workshops such as:

  • Raising and slaughtering your own chickens
  • Food Gardening
  • Canning your harvest
  • Rural Water and septic systems
  • Plumbing
  • Fencing
  • Fruit Tree Pruning
  • Tuning up your vehicle
  • Chainsaw Maintenance
  • Small engine maintenance

Community Grant

RARTS will use the $500 Community Grant from this quarter for their Locavore Feast. As the event name implies, all foods prepared for this wonderful community event are grown within a hundred mile radius of the Vallican Whole and each dish is labelled with where (and how) the individual ingredients were grown/raised/prepared. This event is a coming together of community in order to celebrate harvest and bounty. This Feast helps us make our Vision of thriving communities with resilient food systems more attainable by emphasizing homegrown foods and local abundance in a friendly, supportive, and welcoming environment. RARTS’ efforts to connect community members with farmers thereby strengthening the local and sustainable food culture of the Valley is something we can get behind!

Check back for an update to see how this grant was used and for event details (before Thanksgivings) and photos (after the Feast).

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Community Grants

Want to apply?

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.  These grants are funded by our generous members through the tip jars at the café checkout!

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.

Application Process:
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 community@kootenay.coop.
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