We are Community Strong

We know giving back feels good. That’s why, on behalf of our owners, we give hundreds of thousands in monetary, food and gift card donations each year. We want you to feel the love, too. Choose your own adventure below and reap the rewards of paying it forward or getting by with a little help from your friends.

The BriarPatch Difference

Cooperative Community Fund

Cooperative Community Fund.

A limited number of grants are available each year, and in 2022 we are focusing on the sustainability and viability of the Sacramento River Watershed. Do you have a project that contributes to the overall health of the watershed? Apply May 1 through October 31.

BriarPatch PatchWorks Volunteer Team

PatchWorks Program.

Want to make a difference in your community and get an awesome discount at your co-op, too? Become a volunteer! PatchWorks serves to create positive, meaningful and lasting impact in our community through participation and cooperation .

Apples for Gardens.

We donate 10 cents for every pound of apples sold. Every month, a different school or nonprofit-run community garden is featured, and the money raised goes directly to help cover the costs of its garden educators and infrastructure. Want to grow your community garden? Apply Now.


Sponsorships between BriarPatch and community nonprofits are an annual relationship in which funding is negotiated and mutually agreed upon for the calendar year. Interested organizations may submit a letter of interest which clearly outlines how funds will be used and how the organization aligns with BriarPatch’s Ends Policies.

Round Up At The Register.

Each month we donate the generous pool of funds that shoppers round up to a deserving nonprofit organization.  Together, in small ways, we can make a real contribution to our community.

Tabling for Nonprofits.

We welcome non-profit groups and schools to apply to have a table out in front of our Grass Valley store to help serve our owners and customers.

Patch Donations

BriarPatch Food Co-op is committed to supporting a better world. We do this by giving back to the nonprofit groups and organizations who are doing good work locally and beyond. Our Ends Policies provide the filter that helps us decide which organizations we donate to financially and in-kind each year.
All donation requests are competitive and given a careful and equitable review. To be considered, please submit a formal application at least 30 days in advance of the time when your request is needed. BriarPatch considers donations for general core operating support and more specific project and event support. Please, submit only one donation request per organization per calendar year.
For full donation guidelines, click here.

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Community Room Rental.

Our Grass Valley store’s Community Room is available by reservation for meetings, classes, or other events as a community service for community groups.