Rising Tide Community Investment Fund

The purpose of the Community Investment Fund is to provide grants of $100-300 to support local groups working in the areas of environment, community, food and hunger, and cooperatives. Do you know a local nonprofit organization that could benefit? Please let them know about this fund!

What is a Rising Tide Community Investment Fund Grant and how can we apply?

Rising Tide Community Investment Fund (formerly Cooperative Community Fund) was established within the Twin Pines Cooperative Foundation.  We are part of the Twin Pines “Give Where You Live Campaign.”


The following are examples of projects that the Rising Tide Community Investment Fund would consider supporting:

  • Environment:  Environmental projects, recycling, alternative transportation
  • Community:  Health care, social service, service groups, community events
  • Food & Hunger:  Alternative agriculture, organic farming, food banks
  • Cooperatives:  Co-op organizations, co-op development, co-op funds, co-op education

Funds will be disbursed only to organizations which are tax exempt 501 (c)3. Funds cannot be provided to groups that are engaged in political activities, lobbying, or activities unrelated to the above four categories. A written report will be required at the end of this project.

Grant Application

Community Investment Fund 2014 Grant to Rippling Waters Farm

Rippling Waters Farm, a non-profit in Standish, Maine, works to educate communities in Southern Maine about sustainable, local food systems by facilitating garden programs at 5 elementary schools and 1 middle school in MSAD6. The grant awarded helped RWF fund food and materials for their new Summer Teacher Intensive Course, which gave teachers hands-on experience and strategies for incorporating gardening into their school curriculum.

The Rising Tide Community Investment Fund was formerly called the Rising Tide Cooperative Community Fund.

Rising Tide Cooperative Community Fund Spring 2013 Grants

Ashwood Waldorf School in Rockport received a grant of $300 which was used to purchase shovels, trowels, rakes and a wheelbarrow for use in their school garden. The school uses the garden as an active learning environment for students in several grades. Kids harvest and prepare produce from the gardens as part of their cooking and nutrition curriculum. They also donate produce to the local food pantry.

MMHCG photo 2013

Elya Markert, Outreach & Marketing Coordinator, Linda Sprague and Arnez Woodbury from the Medomak Mobile Home Community Garden, and Elsa Kevin, Interim General Manager

The Medomak Mobile Home Cooperative Community Garden received a grant of $200 to increase the number of raised beds in their garden, which was started in 2012 with the help of another CCF grant. There are now ten raised beds total. Community gardeners use two of those beds to grow produce for their local food pantry. They hope to develop a children’s garden in the future.




Click here for information about other past grant recipients.

Want to support the work of the Community Investment Fund? You can donate to the Rising Tide Community Investment Fund via Paypal here. Note: enter Rising Tide as “my local fund.”

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