September 7, 2011 - Oryana Invites Non-Profits to Apply for Community Grant
TRAVERSE CITY, MICH., SEPTEMBER 7, 2011—For the fourth consecutive year, Oryana Natural Foods Market—a community cooperative owned by thousands of area residents—will make a significant donation to a worthy non-profit.
Oryana currently seeks applications from local non-profit organizations for the Oryana Community Grant Program. Every profitable year, Oryana donates a portion of its end-of-year proceeds (pre-tax) to a local non-profit organization.
“Cooperatives work for the sustainable development of communities,” says Sandi McArthur, Oryana Education and Outreach Coordinator. “We are excited about this program, which gives us and our members a chance to formalize our practice of giving back.”
This charitable program is based on Cooperative Principles and the Oryana Ends policies—in particular the focus on Community, which states: “Because of Oryana, ecologically regenerative and socially just community development efforts are nourished and supported.” The Ends define the desired Oryana organizational vision and cover economy, localism, wellness, education, community and model workplace.
Applicants must be a non-profit based in one of the following counties: Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee, Wexford. Organizations who have been awarded Oryana’s Community Grant within the last five years do not qualify.
Applications will be reviewed based on five additional criteria (listed on the application), which are also derived from the Oryana Ends policies.
Last year, Oryana member-owners awarded $2,750 to two organizations (each), TART Trails, Inc. and Fresh Food Partnership, who tied for the most votes.
To download an application, visit the Community Grant section of the Oryana website – www.oryana.coop.
Applications must be submitted electronically for consideration, to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline is December 1, 2011. After review by a Grant Review Committee (a sub-committee of Oryana’s Board of Directors), Oryana will publish the qualifying applicants’ information in the January/February 2012 newsletter for member-owners to review.
Oryana member-owners will have the opportunity to vote (one member, one vote) via ballot box in the store for the organization of their choice. The grant recipient will be announced at the general membership meeting in April 2012.
See the application for additional details. Or contact Sandi McArthur at email@example.com or Luise Bolleber at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (231) 947-0191.
Founded in 1973, Oryana Natural Foods Market is the oldest food cooperative in northern Michigan and Michigan’s first Certified Organic Retailer. The co-op offers high quality food produced in ecologically sound ways at fair value to member-owners and the community at large. Local, Fair Trade and organic foods are emphasized. Today, Oryana generates $10 million sales annually from its 8,800-square-foot facility located in Traverse City.
To learn more about Oryana Natural Food Market, visit www.oryana.coop, call (231) 947-0191 or e-mail email@example.com.