Co-operative Development Program (CDP)

As a third-tier co-operative, we recognize the valuable contributions that co-operatives have made to our own growth and development. With that in mind, The Co-operators administers a program of grants dedicated to emerging and expanding co-operatives.

The purpose of the program is to encourage the viability and growth of existing co-operatives that respond to the collective needs of Canadians, while paying special attention to social needs and development.

Recent Recipients

Since 1992, The Co-operators has provided over $2.1 million in grants and investments to developing co-operatives. In 2015, $100,950 was granted to 8 emerging or expanding co-operatives across Canada. The 2016 application round is now closed. Click here for a list of 2015 CDP recipients.

Applying for funding

Each year, The Co-operators makes grants available to co-operatives. To be eligible for a grant, organizations must be legally incorporated as a co-operative at the time of their application and include their articles of incorporation with their application.

Grants are made to cover costs associated with co-operative business development, including feasibility and market research, business planning, marketing and promotion, member engagement, and legal and financial supports. We do NOT provide financial assistance for:

  • Capital expenditures
  • Ongoing operational expenses
  • Insurance
  • Scholarships
  • University or College courses and programs
  • Conferences
  • Travel
  • Fund-raising initiatives
  • Deficit Reduction
  • Retroactive expenses

The maximum grant is $20,000.

To request a copy of the CDP application form please contact: Applications will be handed out starting October 1, and will be accepted from January 1st to March 1st. Note that if the deadline falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, applications must be received by the previous Friday, before 5 p.m. (Eastern Time).