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Cooperative Development

Supporting cooperative development in Kansas to support the retention and viability of rural grocery stores.

Given the many challenges rural grocery stores faces, communities all over Kansas and the country are getting creative and exploring community-supported ownership models to maintain food access. This includes the cooperative business model, where the business is owned by the people who use the store’s products and services.

Through a Rural Cooperative Development Grant, the Rural Grocery Initiative (RGI) supports communities and businesses that are considering the cooperative model. Through the grant, RGI provides technical assistance and develops resources to help communities consider their options.


Read up on the latest cooperative development news in Kansas.
Explore resources, webinars, and workshops to learn more about the cooperative model.
Find legal and accounting technical expertise to support your cooperative business.