Other Funding

There are a number of other worker cooperative-friendly sources for grants.

Technical Assistance Program:

The CWCF provides small grants to co-op members of CWCF to hire professional help (developers and lawyers who are members of CoopZone, and potentially others, if necessary) to deal with challenging issues they are facing.  CWCF can also help groups identify other sources of start-up and development grants.  In addition, CWCF staff can directly provide technical assistance.  Information on CWCF’s Technical Assistance Program is available here.

CWCF’s Co-op Index Grant Program:

The Canadian Worker Co-op Federation (“CWCF”) offers a limited number of grants, through our accumulated reserves, to worker co-operatives to enable them to carry out the Worker Co-op Index. The grants cover consulting services provided by members of the CoopZone Co-operative Developers’ Network.

The Co-op Index is a tool to enable worker co-ops to evaluation their functioning in operations and governance, as compared to an ideal worker co-op and the co-operative principles. (See  http://coopindex.coop/ for more information.)

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The Co-operators has a couple of funds that support community and co-operative development.   The Co-operative Development Program provides grants between $5,000 and 20,000. Additionally, you can find information about the CED Fund, which supports community economic development initiatives that lead to job creation and/or enhanced employability for marginalized populations.

Freedonia was founded in 1997 by Gary Moffatt as an expression of his lifetime commitment to anarchism and to building social and economic alternatives to capitalism. In keeping with this anti-authoritarian vision, Freedonia provides funding and other support for the development of movements promoting radical democratic and systemic change.  Freedonia disburses grants of up to $5,000 exclusively within the geographical boundaries of Ontario and British Columbia. There is a once per year intake deadline, generally in February or March. Check the web site for more information.

Carrot Cache Community Resource is a non profit corporation partnered with Carrot Common developer, David Walsh and The Big Carrot which funds projects in Ontario. A percentage of the Carrot Common Mall’s profits are allocated to support organic agriculture and co-operative businesses. Carrot Cache invests either in worker co-operatives, or organizations promoting organic agriculture and/or community food strategies.


The Canadian Co-operative Investment Fund (CCIF) is a new $25 million fund dedicated exclusively to bridging financing gaps for the co-operative sector in Canada. CCIF provides loans, equity and quasi equity ranging from $50,000 to $1.25 million per transaction. CCIF can work with co-ops in all provinces, territories and sectors. CCIF focuses on supporting the growth of existing co-ops, but can also support the conversion of traditional businesses into co-ops, and the start-up financing for new co-ops. More information about CCIF can be found here.

For additional information on funding or financing your co-op, please consult this document.

Federal funding opportunities

Information on federal funding opportunities is available here.