The Hanover Cooperative Community Fund (HCCF) was established by the Co-op’s Board of Directors in 2001. The HCCF helps fund co-op development nationally and non-profits locally with help from our friends at the Twin Pines Cooperative Foundation.
HCCF community project grants will be available to local 501[c]3 organizations whose work is aligned with the Co-op’s charitable giving goals: supporting food assistance and access; community building, including support for agriculture; enhancing cooperative principles and activities; or promoting sustainable environmental practices.
The HCCF supports two projects:
The Gerstenberger Scholarship Fund
Named in honor of the Co-op’s long-serving General Managers, Harry and Arthur Gerstenberger, and first Education Director Sally Gerstenberger, this scholarship helps members deepen their understanding of the cooperative movement and sharpens their skills as directors or employees. It’s open to members of the Hanover Co-op as well as members of cooperatives and credit unions in the Upper Valley. Apply HERE for the Gerstenberger Scholarship Fund
Community Project Grants
The Gerstenbergers were also staunch advocates of sustainable, organic farming and gardening. This theme is echoed by the HCCF’s second project: providing targeted, small-scale grants ($500 - $2,500) to Upper Valley non-profits.
In 2017, the HCCF awarded the following grants:
Hartford Coalition’s Take-A-Bite-Out-of-Hunger project ($1,800) to increase daily servings of protein and fresh produce by delivering these foods weekly
D’Acres and Canaan Elementary School ($1,500) for experiential education that cultivates student relationships with plants, animals, and the great outdoors
COVER Ramps & Roof Campaign ($1,500) to help fund materials costs for one of COVER'S popular remodeling projects: access ramps or new roofs
Upper Valley Wood Bank in Woodstock, VT ($1,500) to supply and deliver split, dry firewood on an emergency basis and supply fresh fruit and vegetables to local Vermont food banks
Green Mountain Children's Center’s "Healthy Eating Supports Healthy Learning” ($1,200) to help serve healthy snacks to 350 children
Upper Valley Haven’s Caruso Café Food Safety Project ($1,000) to help provide ongoing and reliable access to nourishing food for anyone on the Haven campus
NH Community Loan Fund and NH - Resident Owned Communities ($2,500 awarded each year, 2017 and 2018) for co-op training to connect manufactured housing co-ops to other cooperatives in the area and to the cooperative movement. These two organizations are the first recipients of the Gerstenberger Scholarship for Co-op Education
Want to learn more about the HCCF? AprilHarkness [at] coopfoodstore.com (EMAIL US HERE. We'd love to hear from you.)
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