Co-op Creation Fund
You can apply if both of the following statements are true.
- The pandemic or the resulting recession had a negative impact on your business. This includes being unemployed or underemployed.
- You are forming a new cooperative model of business as part of an employment or economic recovery strategy.
You can apply if your business has fewer than 500 employees and is:
- Independently owned and operated, and
- Not dominant in its field of operation, and
- Transitioning to a cooperative model of business to reduce financial hardship resulting from the COVID–19 public health emergency.
Housing cooperatives and nonprofits are not eligible to receive these funds.
It's okay to use these funds for
- Feasibility studies
- Legal fees for legal review, legal agreement drafting, and formation documents.
- Registration fees (e.g. as a new or amended entity)
- Preparation of financial statements and/or tax documents
- Creation of a sales agreement
- Creation of new guiding operational documents or systems, such as:
- Employee/ worker-owner manual
- Accounting system set-up
It's not okay to use these funds for
- Acquisition of a business for conversion
- Real estate acquisition
- Equipment and leasehold improvements
- Inventory, wages, rent, and other working capital
- General business consulting available for free through the:
- Business technical assistance program (BTAP)
- Cooperative technical assistance program (CTAP)
- Costs incurred before applying for this grant
We define cooperative to include any of the following.
- Operating as a cooperative
- Operating on a cooperative basis
- Intending to operate on a cooperative basis
- Worker-owned cooperatives
- Democratic Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs)
- Consumer cooperatives
Location and service area
To receive this grant, your cooperative must:
- Be located in the City of Minneapolis, or
- Serve Minneapolis residents or businesses (if you don't have a physical location)