With the help of our partner bank, CoBank, Western Cooperative started the Sharing Success program in 2013. Each year, Western's funds are matched by CoBank to make grants available for community projects.
This year, Western has expanded the program funding to $7,500, with Cobank's match that raises the total $15,000. In addition, Western is excited to announce a partnership with the Golden Belt Community Foundation, now serving as a funds manager.
By partnering with the Golden Belt Community Foundation, Western will now accept grant applications throughout the full year or until all funds are exhausted.
"We are pleased to have such great partners in CoBank and the Gold Belt Community Foundation," said Member Services Manager Nolan Numrich." Having the flexibility to accept grant applications throughout the year will give us the ability to distribute funds in a timely manner."
Another change for 2021, Western will have no limits on the number of grants distributed, only until the funds are expended.
"Our Sharing Success Program exists to make a positive difference in the communities Western Cooperative serves. Charitable, educational and non-profit organizations can apply for Sharing Success Grants," said Numrich.
In 2020, Western Cooperative awarded five grants. Those recipients were Bunker Hill Historical Society, Grainfield Community Development Committee, City of Otis, Grainfield American Legion, Natoma American Legion. Each beneficiary demonstrated how the grant would benefit their community.
Since 2013, the Sharing Success program has donated $66,000 to local organizations bettering the communities we serve. Western Sharing Success program will accept applications beginning April 1.