The ninth annual Co-op Innovation Awards supported four organizations’ work in Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, and Washington state.
October 3, 2023 (Arlington, VA) – Four innovative cooperatives in four cities have received a combined $170,000 in catalytic grant funding from Capital Impact Partners’ 2023 Co-op Innovation Awards, which aim to increase cooperative development in communities living with low incomes and/or communities of color.
This year’s awards, issued by Capital Impact Partners and National Cooperative Bank, are funding projects such as:
- A composting company owned and staffed by formerly incarcerated individuals
- A collaborative effort to convert multi-family housing into resident-owned co-ops
- A training program for queer and trans farmers, and farmers of color
- Professional development for maternal health workers who serve historically disinvested communities
“The recipients of this year’s Co-op Innovation Awards are helping to strengthen the kinds of shared pillars — access to housing, employment, health care, and healthy foods — that help build healthy communities and generational wealth,” said Ellis Carr, president and CEO of the Momentus Capital branded family of organizations, which includes Capital Impact Partners, among others. “Capital Impact Partners was founded more than four decades ago as part of a federal effort to encourage co-op development, and supporting the co-op model continues to be one of our key sectors. In addition to these grants, we have disbursed more than $315 million in loans to support cooperative businesses since our founding.”
“Providing support to spur new co-op development is critical in helping cooperatives grow and prosper across the United States,” said Casey Fannon, president and CEO of National Cooperative Bank. “We are proud to continue our support of the Co-op Innovation Awards, which fully align with our mission and help improve the lives of our communities.”