C&S Community Grocers
Mini Grants

Mini Grants

To effect positive change in our communities and to develop relationships with local nonprofit organizations, C&S launched the Mini Grant program in 2002.

Through Mini Grants, C&S invests in local good works by donating funds or modest amounts of food.  We focus on “our backyard” and accept requests from community groups that are located within 20 miles of where we do business and where most of our associates live.

What we give is determined by local needs, with consideration around statistics including poverty, high school graduation, literacy, and hunger rates.

Requests for Mini Grant support are reviewed and decided upon by local C&S associates who understand local needs and who are involved in the community.

Apply for a Grant

Mini Grants are:

  • Cash up to $1,000
    For projects and programs that improve the quality of  life in communities and neighborhoods that help people and effect important local issues.
  • Cash up to $500
    For local special events to raise funds and awareness for local causes and organizations, or for community celebrations.
  • Modest amounts of food/products
    For nonprofits to use for special events, celebrations, or fund raising purposes. Click here to view our list of commonly requested items by location.
  • Printing Services (available for groups located in VT and NH only)
    To apply for a print donation, please click here.

Deadline: All-electronic Mini Grant requests are accepted on the first of each month.  Note: Requests received after the first of the month will be included in the next month's review cycle. Due to high volume we cannot expedite requests.  All grants are awarded at the sole discretion of C&S. 

Printing donation requests have a rolling deadline.  To learn more, please click here.

Decisions:  2-3 weeks after the deadline.


  • In order to help as many community groups as we can, please ask for Mini Grant support every other year.
  • Requests will only be accepted via our online application form.
  • Competitive requests focus on our core initiatives: Hunger, Children and Community, Environment, and Volunteerism/Service.

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions for guidance.

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