Here at the Co-op, we take pleasure and pride in our role as investors in the social, environmental and economic well-being of our community.

One of the ways we do this is through giving back to our community! As the Co-op grows, so does our ability to support a wide variety of community giving programs. Read on to find out what the Co-op currently offers in the way of grants, awards, fundraising opportunities, donations, sponsorships and more!

Community Donation Days

Gift Card Fundraisers

Sponsorships

Vitamin Program

The Giving Tree

Till Donations Program

Gift Card/Gift Basket Donation

Scholarship

Community Donation Days

Community Donation Days are perfect for established societies and other organizations that need a substantial injection of funds, have staff/volunteers who are available to be involved and can plan ahead.

We hold two Community Donation Days per year, each one allowing a chosen non-profit group to earn three per cent of the Co-op’s sales for that day.

Community Donation Days are a partnership between the Co-op and participating groups. We help raise public awareness with features in our newsletters and in social media. Community groups also raise awareness in their networks of support, encouraging people to shop on their Community Donation Day. The participating group also sends staff or volunteers to join us at the Co-op in person that day to do outreach for their organisation .  Once the day is over, we do the math and give the community group a cheque valued at 3% of the day’s sales, often close to $1000!

 Deadlines for Application:

  • June:              Deadline for applications: April 15
  • October:              Deadline for applications: July 15

How to Apply:

Simply complete and return a Community Giving General Donation Application, either in person at Customer Service or by email through our Connect with Us page.

Gift Card Fundraisers

Perfect for schools and organizations with an active membership base and a volunteer able to commit to the financial coordination.

The Gift Card Program offers groups and organizations the opportunity to raise money by selling Co-op Gift Cards, in which a percentage of the purchased card value (currently 8%) is donated to the organization.

Deadline for Application: Available year round.

Please allow AT LEAST 2 WEEKS for us to process your application and respond to your request.

How to Apply:
Simply select the box “Gift Card Program” when completing our Community Giving General Donation Application, either in person at Customer Service or by email through our Connect with Us page.



Sponsorships

Perfect for larger, community-wide events, such as festivals or tournaments

Are you organizing a large, community event or initiative? Are you a not-for-profit team? If so, you are welcome to apply for the Co-op to be a sponsor. The Co-op may be able to offer a combination of cash and food such as event platters, in exchange for advertising and publicity on your promotional materials.

How to Apply:
Simply select the box “other” when completing our Community Giving General Donation Application, either in person at Customer Service or by email through our Connect with Us page.

Please allow AT LEAST 2 WEEKS for us to process your application and respond to your request.

P1090604Vitamin Program

The Kootenay Co-op helps an organization that provides nutritional support as part of its social service to sectors of our community in need, including end-of-live care; those living with disabilities, mental illness or other challenges such as poverty, homelessness, or substance abuse.

Every year the Kootenay Co-op and its suppliers donate to ANKORS,  $2,000 worth of vitamins and supplements. These go to those living with and at the greatest risk of acquiring HIV / AIDS and/or Hepatitis C, who have difficulty obtaining services elsewhere, especially due to substance use, mental illness, sexual orientation, gender identity, race and ethnicity, and/or other social barriers.

The Giving Tree

Perfect for organizations that have a seasonal initiative, service or identified need. These organization must have staff/volunteers who can be actively involved in planning and participate in December.

Each December, the Co-op selects a local organization to receive our Seasonal Giving Tree donations. This allows our members and shoppers to donate directly to the selected organization by picking a decorative card from the tree and ringing it through with their purchases.

Deadline for Application: October 30st for December’s Giving Tree.

How to Apply:
Simply select the box “other” when completing our Community Giving General Donation Application, either in person at Customer Service or by email through our Connect with Us page.

Till Donations Program

Perfect for organizations that need ongoing operating funds, and can benefit from seasonal donations in smaller increments.

The Till Donations Program makes it easy for shoppers to donate directly to your organization while ringing through their purchases. A selection of donation cards from a variety of groups is at the tills, for a period of one year which begins when the organization is being notified about the launch of the card.

This program works best for organizations that can also promote this donation opportunity to their own network.

How to Apply:
Simply select the box “Till Donations” when completing our Community Giving General Donation Application, either in person at Customer Service or by email through our Connect with Us page.

Please allow AT LEAST 2 WEEKS for us to process your application and respond to your request.

Gift Card/Gift Basket Donation

Perfect for small, community fundraisers.

Are you involved in a group, school, or non profit society that is holding a fundraising event in our community? If so, you are welcome to apply for:

1. A gift card: This can be given as a door prize, used to purchase refreshments for a reception, food items for a community dinner, or to thank your volunteers.

2. A gift basket: perfect for silent auctions, gala events and raffles.

How to Apply:
Simply select the box “gift card” or “other” (for gift basket)  when completing our Community Giving General Donation Application, either in person at Customer Service or by email through our Connect with Us page.

Requests are granted on a first-come-first-served basis for this program. Due to limited funds and increasing demand , we  advise groups to apply with as much advance notice as possible. 

Please allow AT LEAST 2 WEEKS for us to process your application and respond to your request.

Scholarship

One person can make a difference! The Co-op offers an annual scholarship for individuals in our community to acquire the knowledge and experience that lead to empowerment and change.

$1,000 Members’ Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded in May for post-secondary education. Priority is given to studies in food & environment, health, community development, and cooperation, but we invite applications from all in our community. There is no age restriction and all members and their children are eligible to apply.

How to apply: The $1,000 Members’ Scholarship Application form is available below and at Customer Service.

Deadline for Application: April 25th each year.

Application Forms

Community Giving General Donation Application

Community Grant Application

$1,000 Members’ Scholarship Application Form