Creating Ownership

Small businesses, especially minority-owned,  make vital contributions to the stability of under-resourced communities nationwide but have been historically underserved by conventional lenders. Rochdale Capital provides financing and technical assistance to cooperative businesses and other community-based organizations nationwide.

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Greater Washington Center for Employee Ownership

The Greater Washington Center for Employee Ownership (GWCEO), powered by Rochdale Capital, promotes and supports shared ownership throughout the District of Columbia and surrounding counties in Maryland and Northern Virginia to preserve legacy businesses, increase job quality, and build community wealth.

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Annual D.C. Co-op Impact Grants

The D.C. Co-op Impact Grant aims to support cooperatives while catalyzing growth, boosting the localized economy in marginalized communities, and providing catalytic capital to attract other funders.

The grant recipients are expanding the cooperative model in the District, Maryland, and Northern Virginia, led by people of color and/or members of a historically disinvested community. 

The 2024 funding cycle is now closed. 

Please check back for the opening of our next funding cycle.

2024 Annual D.C. Co-op Impact Grant Winners Announced

The Greater Washington Center for Employee Ownership (GWCEO) awarded approximately $40,000 to four grantees through the Annual D.C. Co-op Impact Grant. 

Recipients of this funding include: 

  • Community Purchasing Alliance Cooperative in Washington, D.C., is a cooperative that leverages the buying power of community institutions to accelerate progress towards sustainability, equity, and justice. 
  • Mirlo, in Washington, D.C., provides a user-friendly space to help musicians sell music, manage subscriptions, and share with their supporters. 
  • Sankofa Video & Books in Washington, D.C., founded by a filmmaking couple in 1997, provides a place that uplifts African thought and philosophy, highlighting the contribution of the African continent and diaspora and challenging the dominant Eurocentric perspective on philosophy and intellectual pursuit.  
  • Steptoe Farm in Brandywine, MD, provides fresh, affordable produce to working-class families in the D.C. area. The Steptoe Farm also supports a thriving cooperative ecosystem and provides employment and training for BIPOC farmers in organic farming practices and cooperative business ownership.  

 Congratulations to our winners, and stay tuned as we follow them on their D.C. Impact Grant journeys!

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Access to affordable, flexible capital

Rochdale Capital will provide working capital and term loans from $25,000 to $500,000 for a variety of purposes including startup capital, refinance, acquisition and expansion, inventory, purchases and co-op conversions.

Sectors We Serve

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Limited equity housing cooperatives
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Worker and consumer owned cooperatives
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Women and Minority owned small businesses
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Community based non-profits

Access to Development Services

Rochdale Capital will provide development services such as business counseling, financial literacy, credit management education and advisory services for small businesses and homebuyers.

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What is community ownership?

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Equal Opportunity for All
In accordance with federal laws and U.S. Department of the Treasury policy, this organization is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

Language Assistance Plan
It is the policy of Rochdale Capital to not discriminate against any person who may have limited English proficiency (LEP). In accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Executive Order 13166, Rochdale will take all reasonable steps to provide LEP persons meaningful access to products and services upon request as described in Rochdale’s Language Assistance Plan (LAP). Click here to view plan.

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