Community reinvestment application period opens

Member-owned grocery cooperative Willy Street Co-op announced the application period for its 2023 Willy Street Co-op Community Reinvestment Fund, a fund aimed to help developmental and educational projects that promote food justice and/or access, creating/developing cooperative businesses, sustainable agriculture, health and well-being, and social change. For 2023, the Board of Directors for the Willy Street Co-op has increased funding by $20,000 for a total fund of $55,000 and the Community Reinvestment Fund Committee is interested in funding endeavors that impact a large group of people, reach out to underserved populations, create jobs or develop skills, foster social engagement, and offer opportunities for diversifying partnerships and collaboration.

Grants are awarded to nonprofits and/or cooperative organizations benefiting Dane County, with priority given to organizations run, operated, and/or benefiting marginalized groups and organizations with limited access to funding. Preference may be given to endeavors benefiting the Madison and Middleton metropolitan areas and organizations that have not been funded in previous years by the Community Reinvestment Fund. Organizations seeking food and supplies solely to provide event or program amenities are encouraged to apply for a donation here. Once awarded, funding is intended to be used by Dec. 31, 2023.