Insurance Investments Group Claims About us

"The CDP grant came at just the right time for us. We were able to use the funds to take advantage of a unique opportunity to grow our product line and further our mandate for social and environmental impact. In the past year we nearly doubled our product offerings - each made using reclaimed wood in ways that supported meaningful employment to those facing barriers to work. The grant meant that we could put proper resources into building our coop the way we build our products: long-lasting, and with an eye towards supporting the most marginalized in our society."

Chris Nichols, General Manager + Co-Owner, Wood Shop Workers Co-op

Learn how to apply for funding

Co-operators is committed to helping build more resilient and sustainable communities. We highly encourage co-operatives that operate in the following sectors to consider applying for funding:

Social wellness
Co-ops promoting positive mental health among youth

Inclusive economy
Co-ops supporting underserved individuals to gain job skills, employment opportunities and financial resiliency

Environmental resilience
Co-ops supporting the transition toward a low-carbon emissions economy, reducing risks related to climate change, and protecting biodiversity

Co-operatives operating in other sectors are also welcome to apply


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.

Co-operative Development Program (CDP) grants are made to cover costs associated with co-operative business development, including feasibility studies 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 amount available is $20,000 (this amount must not represent more than 50% of the project / initiative budget).


The current funding round is now closed. The next funding round will open early January 2025. Co-operatives interested in more information are invited to email us at