NYC Network for Worker Cooperatives is pleased to offer the Cooperative Sustainability Fund (CSF), which supports worker coops to get the integral professional services they need. Projects must have a clearly defined scope with an identified service provider. The fund can cover up to $2000 for services. Overall, this fund serves as a flexible grant opportunity whereby coops can identify the support & solutions they need to keep their businesses sustainable.

If your cooperative needs to hire a marketing consultant or graphic designer to help develop a marketing plan or revamp your image.

If your cooperative needs to create a website for your business

If your cooperative needs a business consultant to develop a business plan, set up Client Relationship System (sales, invoice, operations) or Startup Support.

HUMAN RESOURCES If your cooperative needs to hire a consultant to help create employee manuals, implement payroll protocols, employee benefits or any other HR need.

CONFLICT MANAGEMENT If your cooperative needs to hire an independent mediator to help facilitate a conflict resolution process.

LEADERSHIP TRAININGIf your cooperative needs to hire a consultant or trainer to train members internally on a specific and pressing need.

OTHER PROJECTS If your cooperative has any other project that requires hiring a consultant or professional services provider can with a clearly defined scope. 

  • Any worker cooperative located in NYC. Cooperatives may be a pre-start up, startup or an operating worker-owned business.
  • To apply, cooperatives must have an identified vendor as well as a description & invoice of their prospective services.
  • Cooperatives must have a follow-up plan and create room in their budgets for these needs in future years if this will be a recurring need or if services exceed $2000.

Needs that are not filled by other service providers or Mentorship programs.

NYC NoWC will do our best to make referrals where we can, but applicants have control over their own hiring. Schedule a meeting with our Membership Director Emmanuel Pardilla before the application deadline if you need support. You may email

  1. Applicants fill out Application. Feel free to reach out if you have questions/need support to fill out this application
  2. NYC NoWC Staff reviews application 
  3. NYCNoWC staff schedule a conversation with participants
  4. If approved, Applicants fill out a Scope of Service Form 
  5. Applicants negotiate the terms with participants. NYCNoWC will do our best to make referrals where we can, but applicants have control over their own hiring.
  6. NYCNoWC hires/pays the consultant directly, with approved contract
  7. Applicants fill out a report back form no later than 1 month after contract.  We want to hear how it went! If your consultant is good, we will recommend it to others.  It will also be helpful to know if they were not a good fit and concerns that came up during the process.  
  8. NYCNoWC staff and applicants will have a follow up call about how it went.  

Applications are currently closed and have been awarded to the following coops. Applications will reopen by Spring 2022.