What is Dime in Time?

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Dime in Time is a community giving program of the Moscow Food Co-op. Customers are given a “10-cent token” every time they bring in a reusable tote bag or drink cup. Customers donate their dime by depositing the token into one of three clear plastic bins, each of which represents a cause or organization selected by the Dime in Time committee. These bins will rotate every three months, with one bin always reserved for the Co-op Community Fund (formerly known as the Seed Sowers Fund.)



Recipients for June — August 2019

Palouse Land Trust is a grass-roots land conservation organization based in Moscow whose mission is to conserve the open space, scenery, wildlife habitat, and water quality of the Palouse region for the benefit of current and future generations.

Together with local families and our partners, Palouse Land Trust works to ensure that ample open space and opportunities for hiking, fishing, hunting, birding, and biking will be available for future generations and that the region’s most productive farms and forests, most beautiful scenic areas, and most vital wildlife habitat will be here for our children and grandchildren to enjoy.

Your support of Palouse Land Trust through the Dime in Time Program will provide the necessary native plant, grass, flower, shrub, and tree stock needed to replant and restore the parking lot area at Idler’s Rest to its original natural state after the new parking lot is completed.

Animal House Ferals is a 501c(3) non-profit located in Moscow, dedicated to helping animals in need and educating people to help eliminate animal cruelty and neglect. Their goal is to help educate people on the importance of spay/neutering, to assist the community cats in living healthier lives, and to prevent pet abandonment by providing resources for pet owners.

Many community cats in our area were once pets that have been abandoned, many of which were not spayed or neutered. These animals, while not necessarily adapted to the climate or food web of our region, are considered an invasive species and can produce many litters, with thousands of new individuals born per year.

Your support of Animal House Ferals through Dime in Time will provide funding for the TNR, or trap, neuter and release/rehome program, through which Animal House Ferals has helped over 150 community cats find loving homes.



How are Dime in Time recipients selected?

A committee made up of Co-op Owners and Volunteers choose the recipients for each season. This committee is committed to supporting non-profit, non-sectarian, and non-discriminatory organizations whose goals complement or support the Mission Statement of the Co-op: “Working Together to Nourish and Nurture our Community.” 

Application deadlines are as follows:
April 30, July 31, October 31
January 31, April 30, July 31, October 31

Fill out the form below to apply for a Dime in Time grant.

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Our mission: "Working together to nourish and nurture our community."
Grant funds collected by the Dime in Time program range between $400 and $600, depending on customer participation. Please be specific when discussing how these funds will be used - what programs will they support? Do you expect the DiT funds to fully fund a given project, or will you be seeking other opportunities for fundraising?
1) To write a 400-word article for The Co-op's use, due by the 15th of the chosen month, explaining your organization's purpose and the proposed use of funds (submit this to editors@moscowfood.coop) 2) To promote Dime In Time amongst members of your organization and the larger community 3) To mention the Moscow Food Co-op in any publicity, written or oral, related to the project funded (in part or in whole) by Dime in Time funds.

What brought about this change in the Dime in Time program?

  1. Each organization will have three months’ worth of donations coming their way rather than one! This is exciting because it allows the Co-op to deepen its roots in our community and provide even more direct support. We have recently been donating $400-500 to Dime in Time recipients, and our hope is that by keeping each organization for a whole season, those donations will be increased significantly.

  2. Changing to a quarterly donation schedule allows Dime in Time recipients to budget their grants more effectively. We’ve received feedback that organizations would appreciate knowing ahead of time exactly when their donation will come - as it is now, they don’t know which month their theoretical check would come in the mail until the committee decides. This change fixes that complaint, and makes it easier for them to present and follow their budgets.

  3. Dime in Time participation and donation amounts have seen a decrease over time. This change seeks to correct that trend in three ways. First, increasing the period during which a given organization receives support will give customers an opportunity to generate larger donations. Second, by giving each customer a real token instead of, their feeling of participation and agency will increase. Third, all the funds generated by the Dime in Time program in this form will be diverted to the recipients chosen by the committee instead of being returned directly to customers as a discount.

  4. The Co-op Community Fund will also benefit from this change - thus, the donated dollars do double the work. Studies in other Co-ops have shown that periodic round-up campaigns are more successful at generating funds than sustained round-up programs. Replacing the “round up” option with a permanent spot for the Co-op Community Fund also simplifies the “cashier spiel.” Cashiers and customers both have expressed concern that the consistent request for a round-up donation increases wait time and causes confusion at the register. Now, the push will be periodic and strategic for the greatest impact!