Supporting the Professional Development of Cooperative Communicators

The Shirley K. Sullivan Fund was established in 1998 by The Cooperative Communicators Association (CCA) in honor of Shirley Sullivan, a senior editor at Southern States Cooperative and dedicated CCA member.  The purpose of the Fund is to promote the professional development of cooperative communicators.  The Fund does this through educational grants to attend professional development seminars or classes and other leadership development activities.

The Sullivan Fund advisors will consider applications in April.  The deadline for these applications is April 1.

Download the Application (PDF)

Guidelines and Process for Grant Application

  1. All active cooperative communicators are eligible to apply for grants, with preference given to those demonstrating a history of, or interest in, active CCA involvement.
  2. Educational programs eligible for funding include, but are not limited to, CCA Institute and professional development workshops, national cooperative education programs and other opportunities which advance skills and knowledge in the field of cooperative communications.
  3. Grant size/number of grants offered will be based on need, merit, and amount of funding available.
  4. Individuals may receive a grant no more frequently than once per calendar year. An organization may receive a grant in two successive years, but must then wait a year before applying again.
  5. Upon completion of the education program, awardees must submit a brief report on the value of their educational experience for grant funding to be released

Should a recipient be unable to participate in a program for which a grant was received, the Fund will work with the recipient to determine if the grant must be returned or may be designated for an alternative eligible program.

Send completed applications to

If you would like to donate to the Sullivan Fund, please use the “Donate” button to the right or mail a check to CDF.

For the first time I my career in co-ops, I was able to sit down with a group that was made solely of purchasing co-op management and board members and see what they were doing to make their co-op successful and take home some of their ideas. Overall I took a lot away from this conference and it is something that I would not have been able to attend without CCA and without the help of the Sullivan Fund grant. I have wanted to go for years, but the cost was just too prohibitive. Thank you to the Sullivan Fund advisors for allowing me this opportunity.

Teri Ditch, AMARAK