Community Fund

Community FundThe 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 nearly $90,000, and BriarPatch has given $20,000 to 50 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
Applications are due by the end of August annually and are awarded in October. Grantees are chosen by a committee of BriarPatch volunteers and staff.

Grant Recipients for 2013:
Lyman Gilmore Middle School Culinary Arts program
Forest Charter School garden
Felix Gillet Institute student training program
Spirit Center’s community garden

Grant Recipients for 2000 – 2012:

HUNGER and SOCIAL ISSUES
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

SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE & ORGANIC FOOD
Bell Hill School Farm to School Program
Camptonville Community Partnership
Colfax Garden Club
Food Bank of Nevada County Healthy Harvest Garden
Food Love Project Youth Education
Henessey Children’s Garden
Interfaith Food Ministry
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
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

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
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

COOPERATIVES
Tall Pines Nursery School Co-op