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Community Reinvestment

Cooperative Principal #7—Concern for Community—is at the root of the Willy Street Co-op Community Reinvestment Fund.
This annual sowing of community seed money is funded through our Owners’ unclaimed and abandoned equity. Specifically, our bylaws state: “The Co-op shall dedicate any funds(equity) remaining unclaimed to educational and charitable purposes.”

Since 1992, the Community Reinvestment Fund has endeavored to make a difference in the quality of life for our community by supporting a diverse array of projects. Programs have focused on the areas of food, nutrition, health/well-being, sustainable agriculture, cooperative education and social change, and have included the following:

  • A local youth radio initiative
  • An after-school healthy snack program
  • A youth business mentoring program
  • Healthy cooking classes for adults with developmental disabilities
  • A low-income food voucher program for fresh local farm products
  • Emergency food assistance
  • A local childcare agency’s share in a Community Supported Agriculture farm
  • Gardening tools for a community youth group

The focus of this funding is to provide grants to local, non-profit groups with an otherwise limited access to funding.

Community Reinvestment Fund Guidelines
Applications can be downloaded from our website ( or obtained from our Customer Service desk. Priority will be given to developmental projects, educational projects, and events that are consistent with Willy Street Co-op’s goals. This includes, but is not limited to, a focus on: good, nutrition, health/well-being, sustainable agriculture, cooperative education, and social change

Priority will also be given to organizations working on projects benefiting the Madison metropolitan area. Women, people of color, and members of other protected groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

The deadline for this year’s application is February 28th at 9:00pm. Awards will be announced in the first week of May. For more information or to receive a grant application, please call Lynn Olson, Director of Cooperative Services, at 237-1217 or email at .