Local Producers Scholarship Applications

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May 1 update: the application deadline has passed. 2025 scholarships will be announced in March-April.


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Submit your 2024 Local producer scholarship app by April 30, 2024. Funding decisions will be made by the Cook County Co-op by May 31, 2024.

The Local Producers Scholarship is an annual giving initiative created by the Cook County Co-op to support local growers and producers in Cook County, MN

This year we will be awarding three scholarships for $1000 each. Preference will be given to producers whose mission, values, and practices:

– have a demonstrated need and plan for the implementation of the grant
– enhance the local food, floral, and/or csa system
– work cooperatively with or purchase directly from other local farmers, producers, or businesses

Use & Eligibility Requirements

You do not need to sell to the Co-op to be considered. 

Funds should be used for (but are not limited to):

  • Establish or improve land or operating space
  • Buy necessary equipment or supplies
  • Pay for education related to sustainable production

Eligibility requirements:

  • Reside in and have a farm or production business located in Cook County
  • Have not received a local producer’s scholarship in the previous year
  • Have been established in their current business for at least six months prior to applying
  • Are not a staff member at the Cook County Co-op

Application Requirements

1 – Submit your 2024 Local producer scholarship application

2 – Include a written one-page, single-spaced description that includes:

– your commitment to sustainable, local production

– what the funds will be used for

– expected benefits (specifically who will be served and why it’s important)

3 – Agree to send the Cook County Co-op an image and a 500-word written statement of your success as a result of the scholarship by August 31, 2024.

Download the 2024 Local producer scholarship app