Weaver Street Market gives grants each year to local nonprofits for community projects that focus on “Access to Healthy Food.”
The grants come from our Cooperative Community Fund (CCF), a sustainable endowment fund for community donations. WSM grows the endowment fund through contributions from owners and shoppers, including the purchase of Hope for the Holiday products, proceeds from the April and October wine shows, and donated owner dividends and shares. The endowment’s current value is $305,000.
A committee composed of consumer-owners and worker-owners evaluates the grant applications and selects the recipients. Since its first grant award in 2006, the CCF has awarded grants to 36 local nonprofit organizations for a total of over $49,970. The grants are paid from the annual interest accrued on the endowment fund.
$1,180: Women’s Center in Raleigh for a wash-and-prep station to process the produce from its community garden.
$2,410: Transplanting Traditions Community Farm for a “hardening-off” hoop house to expand its capacity for germinating transplants on its 8-acre community farm.
$2,000: McDougle Middle School Garden for a greenhouse to extend its growing season and provide a more diverse selection of produce.
$5,000: Grant will be awarded through Rural Advancement Foundation International to a participant in RAFI’s Farmer of Color Network.
Learn more about this year’s grant winners here.