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Nexus Community Partners

LOCAL Fund Worker Ownership Grant Committee

Location: MN — Twin Cities Metro
Type: Volunteer Opportunity
Any discipline

Deadline: 07/08/2024

Other Criteria:
Paid opportunity ($150/meeting; $600/year maximum)


Are you a fan of cooperatives? Interested in learning more about worker-owner coops? Do you live, work, study, or own a business in the City of Saint Paul?

Apply for the LOCAL Fund Worker Ownership Grant Committee!

This is a paid volunteer opportunity ($150/meeting, meets ~quarterly) for reading and reviewing applications for the LOCAL Fund: Worker Ownership. The Grant Committee is seeking two community members.

Nexus Community Partners was selected to administer the LOCAL Fund, a new $2.5 million grant fund that will support worker-owner coops and real estate coops in Saint Paul throughout 2026. The LOCAL Fund Worker Ownership supports technical assistance and grants for worker coop startups, existing coops, and conversions of existing businesses to coops.

Members of the Grant Committee are expected to:
– Live, work, or own a business in the City of Saint Paul.
– Read and know the policies and procedures of the LOCAL Fund: Worker Ownership.
– Read each grant request and related materials.
– Attend and participate in scheduled grant review committee meetings for one year.
– Vote to approve, deny, or table grant requests.
– Review grant policies and procedures as requested by SOC@N and recommend changes, if needed.
– Review the portfolio of grants made on an annual basis.
– Follow the conflict-of-interest policy of the LOCAL Fund: Worker Ownership policies and sign an annual Conflict of Interest Disclosure, if required by Nexus.
– Maintain confidentiality of all applicants and grant requests.
– Engage in learning opportunities to better understand the mission of Nexus, the purpose of the LOCAL Fund: Work Ownership, and the communities served by Nexus.

Benefits include:
– $150.00 stipend per meeting, on average 3-4 meetings per year (Quarterly)
– Training and enhanced skills in grant writing and grant review.
– Expanding each member’s network within the Community, including the City of Saint Paul staff and lenders.
– Learning more about cooperatives and how they are structured and how they operate.

Learn more about the LOCAL Fund here:

Rolling deadline with recommendation to apply as soon as possible.