OAKLAND, Calif., December 5, 2012 /3BL Media/- Fair Trade USA, the leading third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in the United States, today announced the winner of its Cooperative Small Grants Program’s second round, which offers Fair Trade Certified(TM) cooperatives access to funding for specific capacity-building projects. The winner, COMSA from Honduras, plans to use the grant money to improve their environmental sustainability efforts and their organics program.
The Cooperative Small Grants Program is designed to create real impact in farming communities and can be used on projects in the following categories:
Fair Trade coffee cooperatives from Africa, Asia and Latin America submitted 30 applications for this grant. Fair Trade USA carefully selected 6 finalists, which were then reviewed by a Grant Selection Committee made up of four external industry experts, including:
Fair Trade USA is a nonprofit organization. We are supported through service fees paid by businesses using the Fair Trade Certified label, as well as through the generous donations of major foundations, development organizations, and independent philanthropists.
These Grants are made possible by donations and service fees paid to Fair Trade USA by more than 800 business partners.