In this Newsletter

  • What You Missed
  • New Grant Funding Announcement
  • Our March Meeting and Partner Events
  • Job Announcements
  • Online Crowdfunding Platform - Call for Nominations open next week
  • Call for Volunteers

Our Last Meeting

Weren't able to attend our meeting this month? That's ok, we put together some key takeaways...

Grant Funding Announcement

DC Co-op Impact Grant

The Washington Area Community Investment Fund, with support from Citi Community Development and Capital Impact Partners, is excited to announce the inaugural D.C. Co-op Impact Grant. This new grant program supports the growth of emerging and existing cooperatively-owned businesses in the Washington, DC area. Eight $5,000 grants will be awarded to advance cooperative development led by communities of color, people with low incomes and/or workers with low wages.

Cooperatives in all sectors and all stages of development are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to emerging cooperatively owned food businesses. Applications are due by: 11:59pm ET on March 31, 2020. You can access the application and get details on grant informational sessions through this link DC Co-op Impact Grant Application (you will have to create a free account).

News & Events

Policy & Advocacy Meeting

TONIGHT, February 25th

Creative Grounds DC | 5:30PM-6:30PM

Planning a listening session about food co-ops in Ward 7 & Ward 8

To join the conversation online, go to our Slack workspace or create an account on

More DC Food Access News


Congress Heights Recreational Center - Community Kitchen and Grocery Cooperative


The Congress Heights Renovation Center project is in the process of designing a center multipurpose spaces DC Department of Parks and Recreation is gathering information on Congress Heights' interests.

Enough votes for both the community kitchen and grocery were cast to move to the next design round but more support is needed!

To advocate your support for this renovation project to include community kitchen and business incubators and grocery cooperatives, or receive updates on the next meeting, reach out to:
Josh Singer
DC Parks and Rec (DPR) Community Garden Specialist

Other Food Events:

Feb 29 - Rooting DC (day long urban garden and food conference by Deanwood Metro)

New Build a Co-op Workshop!
a free workshop by Inno.ED & LEDC

This Thursday, February 27th, 6-8PM

The Department of Small & Local Business Development's Inno.ED is once again partnering with Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) for this free interactive workshop.

Participants are exposed to the cooperative business model and explore practical ways that democratic ownership can apply to any and all businesses.

March Monthly Meeting!

Monday, March 16th
Petworth Neighborhood Library
5:30pm to 8:00pm


Join us for our next community meeting to help grow the local co-op ecosystem.

Job Announcements

Fundraising and Crowdfunding Associate
Part-Time - Washington, DC

NCBA CLUSA is looking for a Fundraising and Crowdfunding Associate to work with the USAID Reforestation Project team on fundraising and social media outreach in support of Haitian cooperatives and enterprises.

This is a part-time, benefits eligible position. The level of effort is 15 to 20 hours a week for a duration of 6 months.

Communications Coordinator
Full-Time - Washington, DC

The Communications Coordinator is responsible for the development, production and delivery of Cooperative Development Foundation’s (CDF) internal and external communications. This includes editorial support for content and graphic design for the CDF and Heroes websites, social media platforms, and printed materials. The Communications Coordinator will also assist with, and have presence during, CDF events. S/he must be innovative, proactive, collaborative and efficient.

DC Co-op Stakeholders
Group Fundraising

We'll be opening up nominations next week for a first round of free technical assistance and online crowdfunding campaign support hosted on the network.

Announcement Coming!

Call for Volunteers!

We can use much more support - if you or someone you know has an interest in co-ops, the solidarity economy, community organizing (or would like more experience in these areas) and have 1-2 hours per week to spare, additional needs include support with our:
  • This newsletter

  • Social media postings to help spread the word of existing or new local co-op efforts and opportunities

  • Event planning and outreach (offline and online)

Whether you're a digital expert or only use email to communicate, all are encouraged to apply!
Please reach out by replying to this very email or by emailing You can also contact us here.
If you can't volunteer but want to help grow the network, connect with us on your platforms of choice:
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