Apply for Change Guidelines

The Merc Co+op's Change for our Community program values organizations that share our commitment to the health, well being, sustainability and education of our community. By creating a partnership with our customers we work together to bring financial support to these organizations. 

How Change Works 

The Change Program has three methods of giving: Spare Change Jar, Bags for Change and Round Up to Create Change. 

  • The Spare Change Jar Program was started in 1999 as a simple way for customers to donate spare change or add a contribution to their purchase while making their transactions.

  • Bags for Change was started in 2013 as a way for customers to redirect the 5¢ given for bag reuse.

  • Round Up to Create Change was started in 2014 as a way for customers to round up their purchase to an even dollar amount. •100% of the donations collected are directed to the chosen organization of the month.

Who Can Partner for Change

Applicants must be local, non-profit organizations serving our community. Change does not subsidize partisan organizations or organizations that advance a particular religious belief or political cause. We ask that schools, both private and public, direct their donation requests through our Donations Program rather than Change. 

An organization may be a Change partner once every two years. Organizations who are chosen to be Change partners are not eligible to ask for additional donations or sponsorships in the calendar year in which they are chosen.

At The Merc Co+op’s discretion, the Change calendar may be pre-empted to raise emergency or disaster relief funds. We reserve each December to direct Change proceeds to local families in need at the holidays.

All organizations applying for Change will be notified about the status of their request. Decisions are made by a committee of co-op employees.

How to Apply for Change

For more information or to request an application, contact Nancy O’Connor at or call 785-843-8544 and ask for Nancy. Change applications will be available beginning October 1. The deadline for submitting applications is October 31.

Please provide certification of your non-profit status and any additional information about your organization that would help inform us about your work and intended use of funds. 

Applications in October 2018 will be considered for funding for all months of 2019.