The Hanover Cooperative Community Fund (HCCF) was established by the Co-op’s Board of Directors in 2001. The HCCF helps fund co-op development nationally and non-profits locally with help from our friends at the Twin Pines Cooperative Foundation.
HCCF community project grants will be available to local 501[c]3 organizations whose work is aligned with the Co-op’s charitable giving goals: supporting food assistance and access; community building, including support for agriculture; enhancing cooperative principles and activities; or promoting sustainable environmental practices.
The HCCF supports two projects:
1) The Gerstenberger Scholarship Fund
The Gerstenberger Scholarship Fund (GSF) offers scholarships to members and employees of cooperatives in the Upper Valley who seek to further the cooperative movement through education, training, and/or business development. The Fund is named in honor of the Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society’s long-serving General Managers, Harry and Arthur Gerstenberger, and first Education Director, Sally Gerstenberger.
2) Community Project Grant
The Gerstenbergers were also staunch advocates of sustainable, organic farming and gardening. This theme is echoed by the HCCF’s second project: providing targeted, small-scale grants ($500 - $2,500) to Upper Valley non-profits.
In 2018, the HCCF awarded the following grants:
Community Project Grants
The following projects received funding based on the giving theme(s) met by the project.
Crockpot Cooking Program (Twin Pines Housing Co-op) provides residents with means $1,200 to learn about and use Willing Hands seasonal produce (food access, co-ops)
inShape (West Central Behavioral Health) mentored services for mentally ill clients $2,250 meant to improve quality of life and long-term health (community service)
Holiday Basket Project (Clara Martin Center) December holiday food basket for a family $2,000 meal for families of limited means (food access)
The $2,500 Gerstenberger Scholarship went to Melissa K. Scanlan of Norwich, VT. Ms. Scanlan is the director of the New Economy Law Center at Vermont Law School. She will be a Senior Fulbright Scholar at the University of Alicante, in Spain, where she will research the environmental goals and impacts of the highly successful Mondragón cooperative, the parent to 111 co-ops.
Want to learn more about the HCCF? AprilHarkness [at] coopfoodstore.com (EMAIL US HERE. We'd love to hear from you.)