The BriarPatch Cooperative Community Fund is part of the Give Where You Live Campaign, a national effort to support food cooperatives across the U.S. in building local Cooperative Community Funds.
Since establishing our Fund in 1999, BriarPatch has given $16,775 to 45 local groups. Shoppers help build our fund by donating at the register — any amount, any time — and by participating in fundraisers. Shoppers can choose to give 5¢ to the Community Fund each time you bring your own grocery bag.
Community Fund Granting
2013 Grants to focus on food education
Food and farm education will be the focus of BriarPatch’s Cooperative Community Fund grants this year. Establishing a theme or focus for the grants is a new twist for the program, which has been donating funds to local organizations since 2000.
In the past, grant applications were accepted for a broad range of projects, ranging from sleeping mats for the homeless to a high school bicycle program. In recent years, though, it has turned out that educational gardens and farms were often chosen to receive the grants.
Because of the obvious connection between food and farm education and BriarPatch’s Vision and Ends Policies, this year the Patch is narrowing the field of applications from the start. If the results are happy all around, we may continue with this selectivity in future years, as well.
A total of $2,000 in grants will be donated in 2013. Applications are due by August 31st, and can be picked up at the Customer Service window or downloaded by clicking: Community Fund application 2013. For more information, contact Stephanie at 530-272-5333 ext. 127 or at Stephanie@briarpatch.coop.
Grant applications are accepted in July and August, due August 31, and awarded in October. Grantees are chosen by a committee of BriarPatch volunteers and staff.
Grant Recipients in 2012
Bell Hill School farm-to-school program, through
Live Healthy Nevada County’s Farm to School Committee
Food Love Youth Education, a project of Living Lands Agrarian Network
2000-2011 Grant Recipients
HUNGER and SOCIAL ISSUES
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Community Center Association/Adventure Playground
FREED Center for Independent Living
Friendly Visitor Program
Grandmothers for Peace
Habitat for Humanity
Milhous School & Children’s Services
Nevada County Food and Toy Run
North San Juan Child Development Center
North San Juan Family Resource Center
Partners in English Language Learning
Search and Rescue Team
Sierra Foothills AIDS Foundation
Sierra Services for the Blind
SPIRIT–Peers for Independence & Recovery
Think Local First
Women of Worth
SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE & ORGANIC FOOD
Camptonville Community Partnership
Colfax Garden Club
Food Bank of Nevada County Healthy Harvest Garden
Henessey Children’s Garden
Interfaith Food Ministry
KidsKount Placer Community Action Council/Head Start
La Leche League
Live Healthy Nevada County Food and Nutrition Action Committee
Living Lands Agrarian Network
Mount Saint Mary’s Academy Seed of Life Garden
Nevada County Grown
Seed of Life Garden Project
Sierra Foothill High School local farm project
Tuesday Food Fest/Center for Cultural and Naturalist Studies
A.P.P.L.E., Alliance for a Post Petroleum Local Economy
Bitney College Preparatory High School Bicycle Program
Sierra Club Forest Issues Group
Nevada County Land Trust
Sequoya Challenge/Independence Trail
Sierra Nevada Deep Ecology Institute
Wolf Creek Community Alliance
Woolman Semester at Sierra Friends Center
Tall Pines Nursery School Co-op