Cooperative Foundation grant will send ROC leaders to CLI

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ROC USA is happy to announce that we have landed a grant to bring community leaders to a national leadership training this fall.

The Cooperative Foundation awarded ROC USA a $6,000 grant that supports our annual effort to send ROC leaders to the NeighborWorks®America   Community Leadership Institute. CLI is a four-day training conference for ROC and other community leaders from across the country. 

This fall, Oct. 15-18, ROC USA will take 24 ROC leaders to Louisville, Ky., in what has become a perennial favorite for community leaders and staff alike. The CLI offers a great opportunity to talk with community leaders from other ROCs, engage with ROC USA leaders, and take workshops on leadership. Everyone who has ever come has just raved about the value of the experience.

Applications are due June 8 in our Concord, N.H., offices and will be reviewed by ROC USA staff.  If past years are any indication, we expect tons of really good applicants for the 24 seats we have available. Click on the CLI tab on the left side of the screen to download application materials and learn more. If you have any unanswered questions, send an email to Deb Wyman at

The Cooperative Foundation is a steadfast supporter of cooperative development, research, and education. For more than 60 years, vision and generosity has guided the work of the foundation and in turn benefited cooperative members and communities. Formed by cooperative leaders in 1945, The Cooperative Foundation received much of its financial assets through the vision and generosity of St. Paul architect Thomas Ellerbe Sr. and his family. That endowment and contributions from cooperative benefactors continues to support the work of the foundation. Through its mission to expand and enhance cooperatives through research, teaching, extension, innovation, and development, The Cooperative Foundation remains a vital part of the past and future of cooperation the United States. For information about funding priorities and the competitive grant making process, visit the Foundation’s website:

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