A Cooperative Charitable Giving Program

The WedgeShare Program: In 1997, the Wedge Board of Directors created WedgeShare, a charitable giving program based on Cooperative principle #7, Concern for Community: "While focusing on member needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies accepted by their members." Presently the Wedge makes WedgeShare grants in amounts up to but not exceeding $10,000 to select organizations that are working to create a sustainable future. Types of programs and activities that WedgeShare will fund include:

  • General operating support
  • Project/program support
  • Start-up costs
  • Technical assistance
  • Capital
  • Other

ELIGIBILITY: Applying organizations should be non-partisan, non-sectarian, and engaged in activities that address one or more of the following funding priorities:

  • Environmental quality/protection/education;
  • Health and wellness;
  • Organic and sustainable agriculture;
  • Community involvement/capacity building; and/or
  • Cooperative-related activities.

*WedgeShare funding is for work beginning January 1, 2017 and checks will be distributed in December 2016 so the majority of your proposed work must occur in calendar year 2017.

Applying organizations need not be 501c3 non-profits.

The PROCESS: The WedgeShare Committee was established by the Board to oversee and direct this program. It annually screens proposals and selects a proposed slate of grantee organizations for Board approval. Once approved, the slate is presented to the entire co-op membership for a vote to determine the year's grant recipients.

The 2016 WedgeShare application cycle has begun. Applications are due by Tuesday, May 31, 2016. See "How to Apply" below, for details. Wedge Co-op owners will vote on a selected slate of organizations during the October 2016 Annual Election.

Judging Criteria: Grants are awarded using the following criteria:

  1. Application submitted on time and with all requested materials
  2. Alignment with the purpose of the WedgeShare program;
  3. Clearly defined goals and outcomes
  4. Effective plan to achieve goals and outcomes
  5. Well-defined evaluation strategy
  6. Sufficient organizational structure to execute work
  7. Financial viability of organization
  8. Well-defined budget that is appropriate for the project
  9. Potential impact of WedgeShare grant on organization;
  10. If previously funded, report(s) submitted to WedgeShare committee indicate successful project completion (for organizations funded in 2011 and later)

How to Apply:

  1. Use the Minnesota Common Grant Form, available by downloading or calling the Minnesota Council of Foundations at 612-338-1989.

  2. In addition to the information requested by the Minnesota Common Grant Form, you may include the following optional attachments:

    • Letters of support from key organization or project partners.

    • Letter of recommendation for key staff or Board members, especially for start-up organizations

    • Copy of Memorandum of Understanding from key project partners

  3. Submit four (4) full copies of your total grant package, with the exception of the audited financial statements, for which you can submit a single copy. Applications are due by Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at the address below. This is the final date by which the application must be at the store, whether mailed or hand delivered. An email will be sent confirming receipt of your application.

    The Wedge Community Co-op
    Attention: WedgeShare Committee
    2105 Lyndale Avenue South
    Minneapolis, MN 55405

  4. Separately, send an email to: with a 150 word descriptive narrative about your organization and how a WedgeShare grant would be used. Our owners will use this information for the selected organizations during the Annual Election to decide which organizations will receive their support. In this email, please also select the area(s) of interest most closely matching your proposal:

    • Environmental quality/protection/education;
    • Health and wellness;
    • Organic and sustainable agriculture;
    • Community involvement/capacity building; and/or
    • Cooperative-related activities.

Inquiries may be directed via email to or by calling 612-465-8850.