Through our community giving, Linden Hills Co-op is commited to building healthy and sustainable neighborhoods and organizations.
Our Third Quarter Grant Recipients
Caring Carrot Grant - Southside Community Health Services
Bountiful Beet Grant - North Country Food Alliance
Abundant Apple Grant - The Food Group/Fruits of the City
Lake Harriet Spiritual Community recieved a $250 Grant
Linden Hills Co-op is committed to the 7th Cooperative Principle, Concern for Community. A staff donation committee is responsible for allocating community donations and quarterly grants, organizing register round-up programs and communicating the co-op's community giving to staff, members, and co-op shoppers.
Linden Hills Co-op frequently donates to events and fundraising initiatives hosted by local non-profit organizations in amounts of $25 to $100. The co-op donates $100 a month in community donations, resulting in $1,200 a year.
Community Grant Program
We encourage local, community-based non-profits to apply for our mini-grants issued quarterly. We are offering 3 tiers of grants each quarter: Abundant Apple $575 grant, Bountiful Beet $750 grant, and Caring Carrot $1000 grant, resulting in $9,300 annually.
Midwest Food Connection
Linden Hills Co-op is an ongoing sponsor of Midwest Food Connection. Midwest Food Connection educates children in the Twin Cities about healthy foods, local sustainable farming, and the origins of our food.
Linden Hills Co-op chooses one non-profit organization to support throughout the year through a food donation, community education, or monetary donation. This year, Linden Hills Co-op is sponsoring the healthy snack program at Aleph Preschool in St Louis Park. Linden Hills Co-op provides donations of fresh fruits and vegetables on a weekly basis.
In addition to providing financial assistance, the co-op regularly serves as a site for other community donations. Periodically throughout the year, we collect used books for the library, collect monetary donations and goods for the Food Shelf, and collect spare change at the register for local charities or small family farms.
Every time you bring your own bag to the co-op, you have the option to donate or keep your 5 cent per bag credit. Donated bag credits become the Seedling Fund! Each October, members elect two local, environmentally focused organizations to support with the Seedling Fund during the fiscal year. Annually, the Seedling Fund totals an average of $3,000. During the 2016(17) fiscal year, our members elected to support the Sustainable Farming Association and the Minnesota Food Association.
Sustainable Farming Association
The Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota supports the development and enhancement of sustainable farming systems through farmer-to-farmer networking, innovation, demonstration, and education.
Minnesota Food Association
The mission of Minnesota Food Association (MFA) is to build a sustainable food system based on social, economic, and environmental justice through education, training and partnerships.
How to Apply
Community Donation Requests
Local non-profit organizations are welcome to apply for a donation from the co-op. This includes monetary support, co-op gift cards or in-kind products and services ranging from $25 to $100. All donation requests must be made by completing a Community Contributions Application. The Donation Committee reviews and allocates community donations on a monthly basis. All donation requests must be submitted by the 15th of each month and will be allocated during by the first week of the following month.
We encourage local non-profit organization to apply for our grants issued quartely. We are offered 3 levels of grants each quarter: Abundant Apple $575 Grant, Bountiful Beet $750 Grant, and Caring Carrot $1000 Grant. Grants are distributed quarterly during the months of September, December, March, and June. Application deadlines are the first of August, November, February, and May. In order to be eligible to receive a grant from the co-op, organizations must have 501(c)(3) status. If interested, fill out our Grant Application.
Have a Question?
Questions may be directed to Leigh Huck, Membership and Community Outreach Coordinator, at email@example.com.
During the co-op’s 2015(16) fiscal year, Linden Hills Co-op contributed over $40,000 in monetary donations to non-profit organizations. Below is a complete list of last year’s donation recipients.
Land Stewardship Project
Women Against Military Maddness
Children's Theatre Company
Planned Parenthood Minnesota
Academy of Whole Learning
Wood Lake Nature Center
Southwest High School Soccer Program
Wayside House, Inc.
Northwestern Academy of Homeopathy
Epilepsy Advocacy & Employment Group
Common Ground Meditation Center
St Joseph Worker Program
Minneapolis Public Schools/ Southwest Community Eduation
Lake Harriet Spiritual Community
North Country Herbalist Guild P.ink
Southwest High School Music Boosters
Friends for a Non-Violent World
Southwest High School Basketball Booster Club
Kenwood Elementary School PTA
Real Food Challenge U of M Chapter
St Davids Center for Child & Family Development
International Spanish Language Academy The Blake School
Reach for Resources
Carlson 4 Community/Can Do Canines
Land Stewardship Project
Great River Greening
Lake Harriet Community School
Southwest High School Southwest Foundation
Linden Hills Power & Light
Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute
Sexual Violence Center
Wirth Food Co-op Joyce Uptown Food Shelf Cool Planet Sustainable Farming Association Gardening Matters
Women's Environmental Institute
Appetite for Change
Youth Farm Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light
The Audobon Center of the North Woods
The Food Group- Fruits of the City
Minnesota Food Association
Loaves and Fishes
North Country Food Alliance
Wilderness Inquiry on behalf of Jefferson Community School Beth El Aleph Preschool Linden Hills Farmers Market Neighborhood Roots Linden Hills Neighborhood Association Shared Capital Cooperative Midwest Food Connection