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CCMA 2016 Scholarships


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Howard Bowers logo 740ecHoward Bowers logo 740ecThe Howard Bowers Fund is offering 25 scholarships to cover the cost of registration for the 2016 CCMA Conference in Amherst, Massachusetts from June 9 – 11. Preference will be given to start-ups and small food cooperatives with limited budgets. An online application and more information about the scholarship and the CCMA Conference is available here.

The purpose of the Bowers Fund is to strengthen the food co-op community through the training and education of food co-op staff, managers and board members. While contributions are raised through events at CCMA and other fundraising events, the Fund welcomes donations any time. Since its establishment in 1994, the Bowers Fund has made over $390,000 in grants to support the food co-op sector.

The fund’s namesake, Howard Bowers, dedicated his life to the consumer cooperative movement. His career spanned five decades, including work with the Chippewa Indian Consumer Co-op in South Dakota, the West Bank Co-op in Minneapolis, the Eau Claire Consumer Cooperative, and the Hyde Park Cooperative Society For more information, go to

The Howard Bowers Fund is one of eight funds managed by the Cooperative Development Foundation. The Cooperative Development Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation headquartered in Washington, DC. CDF’s mission is to promote community, economic and social development through cooperative enterprises.

Silent Auction Items Needed

The Howard Bowers Fund Silent Auction at CCMA is the fund's biggest fundraiser of the year.

Auction items range from co-op t-shirts, reusable shopping bags, gift baskets and "swag" items to complimentary registrations to the top co-op conferences! Please consider a donation that showcases your co-op.

Your donation will support training for cooperative boards and staff at CCMA and throughout the year. Donations to the event will be advertised on the CCMA website and social media.

Since 1994, the Howard Bowers Fund has provided over $390,000 in support for food cooperatives through support of board and staff training of new and established co-ops and scholarships to CCMA and Up and Coming, Up and Running. Over 25 people will be attending CCMA in Amherst because of a scholarship!

To donate to the auction, please complete this form and return with any related collateral material.


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