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.
Each year, The Co-operators makes $150,000 in 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
- University or College courses and programs
- Fund-raising initiatives
- Deficit Reduction
- Retroactive expenses
The maximum grant is $20,000.
Over the past 20 years, The Co-operators has provided over $1,710,397 in grants and investments to developing co-operatives.In 2012, $150,112 was granted to 16 emerging or expanding co-operatives across Canada. Click here for a list of the 2012 CDP recipients.
Applying for funding
To request a copy of the CDP application form please contact: email@example.com. Applications will be accepted from January 1st to March 1st.