There is lots of funding for cooperatives out there, but is your cooperative taking advantage of these opportunities? This update explains some of the funding available for cooperatives located in Central Texas, discovered through research done by members of the Austin Cooperative Business Association. Keep reading for a brief explanation of specific funds and how to find out more information about them.
In June, the ACBA began a partnership with Evolve Austin, a united coalition of civic-minded organizations dedicated to ensuring the implementation of the Imagine Austin comprehensive plan. Imagine Austin is a community-driven set of directives compiled by the City to make Austin a more affordable, mobile, and sustainable city. Encouraging cooperative development is identified as a goal in several key areas of the Plan, which has been critical in our recent successes passing policy recommendations through City Council and the Economic Prosperity Commission. We look forward to working with Evolve Austin to further our City-level advocacy efforts on behalf of our membership. Find out more.
With the CodeNEXT drafting process in full swing, the ACBA needs as many dedicated volunteers as it can get to help us fight for the future of Austin co-ops. Our efforts over the next year will affect cooperative development in Austin for decades to come - there's never been a more vital or important time to get involved with co-op advocacy. One of the great things about being a co-oper is that we already know that when we come together, we can accomplish so much more than we ever could on our own. With that in mind, we're inviting the dedicated movers and shakers of the co-opsphere to join our Co-opNEXT Organizing Team!