Community Fund

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 it was established in 1999, the Fund has grown to $100,000, and BriarPatch has given $50,000 to 60 local groups. The Fund keeps growing as Co-op owners donate their patronage dividends, and Equal Exchange — also a co-op — donates 2% of every purchase of one of their coffee, tea, chocolate, or other products.

Donate to the Community Fund online here.

Community Fund Granting

Community Fund grant applications for 2019 will be available in July and August 2019.

Grant Recipients for 2018:

  • South Yuba River Citizens League
  • Sierra Academy of Expeditionary Learning
  • Bear Yuba Land Trust
  • The Nest Family Resource
  • Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital
  • Partners in English Language Learning
  • Nevada City School of the Arts
  • Wolf Creek Community Alliance
  • North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center

Grant Recipients for 2017:

  • Nevada Union High School Green Academy
  • Revert Foundation
  • Anew Day Happier, Healthier Living Project
  • Bitney College Prep High School Cafeteria
  • Sierra Harvest Farming Classes

Grant Recipients 2000 – 2016:


  • Nevada Union High School Green Academy
  • Revert Foundation
  • Anew Day Happier, Healthier Living Project
  • Bitney College Prep High School Cafeteria
  • Sierra Harvest Farming Classes
  • Breastfeeding Coalition of Nevada County
  • Interfaith Food Ministry
  • 211 Nevada County
  • Tsi Akim Maidu tribe
  • Partners Family Resource Centers
  • Nevada County Grown
  • Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release
  • Bitney College Prep High School
  • Hospitality House
  • Interfaith Food Ministry, healthy cooking classes
  • The Friendship Club, cooking and nutrition program
  • Nevada County Association for Developmentally Disabled, nutrition and cooking project
  • North Gold Senior Mountaineers, organic community lunch
  • Sierra Roots, healthy meals and other support for homeless people
  • Nevada County Grown, “Bounty of the County” event
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Community Center Association/Adventure Playground
  • Divine Spark
  • Extreme Leadership
  • FREED Center for Independent Living
  • Friendly Visitor Program
  • Grandmothers for Peace
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Helpline
  • Hospitality House
  • 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
  • Bell Hill School Farm to School Program
  • Camptonville Community Partnership
  • Colfax Garden Club
  • Felix Gillet Institute
  • Food Bank of Nevada County Healthy Harvest Garden
  • Food Love Project Youth Education
  • Forest Charter School Garden
  • Henessey Children’s Garden
  • KidsKount Placer Community Action Council/Head Start
  • La Leche League
  • Live Healthy Nevada County Farm to School Committee
  • Live Healthy Nevada County Food and Nutrition Action Committee
  • Living Lands Agrarian Network
  • Lyman Gilmore Middle School Culinary Arts program
  • 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




Applications for 2018 Community Fund and the 2019 BriarPatch CAUSE due August 31, 2018.

Previous Grant Recipient
KidsKount Placer Community Action Council/Head Start received a grant to purchase a composter, worm bin, and start-up garden tools and inputs.

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