$25,000+ Available for Co-operative Development

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The Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF) has announced that more than $25,000 will be available for a co-op development project in Canada this year through the Robert Owen-Henri Lasserre Fund. This is the second time that CDF will award a grant from the revenue generated by this endowment fund; a Canadian co-operative development funding opportunity that is made available every three to four years.

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact their provincial co-operative association (see list below), Arctic Co-operatives Limited or the Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation, who will administer the application process and submit worthy applications to CDF. Preference will be given to a co-operative development project involving a worker or multi-stakeholder co-operative that benefits marginalized groups and aids in the reduction of poverty.

For applicants:
Contact your provincial co-operative association (see list below), Arctic Co-operatives Limited or the Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation. -
For applicants:
Contact your provincial co-operative association (see list below), Arctic Co-operatives Limited or the Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation.

The deadline for applications is December 1, 2014 and funds will be made available by January 2015.

A Legacy of Co-op Development

 A Legacy of Co-op Development

The Robert Owen Foundation was established in 1932 to encourage co-operative living. The original source of the fund was a donation from Swiss industrialist Henri Lasserre, intended to assist with the start-up and expansion of co-operatively-owned businesses. In 2003, the Robert Owen Foundation and CDF signed an agreement to establish a long-term fund for co-operative development.

CDF expresses its appreciation to past members of the now-closed Robert Owen Foundation for entrusting CDF with the management of this endowment.

For further information on the Fund:
Heather Staffa
Board Secretary CCA & CDF and Executive Assistant
(613) 238-6711 ext. 246
heather.staffa at coopscanada.coop

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