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.
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
- University or College courses and programs
- Fund-raising initiatives
- Deficit Reduction
- Retroactive expenses
The maximum grant is $20,000.
To request a copy of the CDP application form please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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).