How it Works

Cooperative Purchasing with Sourcewell

Cooperative Purchasing

Save time and money by purchasing from our ready-to-use, competitively solicited contracts.

Cooperative purchasing is “Procurement conducted by, or on behalf of, one or more Public Procurement Units” as defined by the American Bar Association Model Procurement Code for State and Local Governments.

Sourcewell's analysts streamline the procurement process by developing RFPs and IFBs for national, competitive solicitations that meet or exceed local requirements. Our rigorous process is continually refined to best meet member needs and allows us to offer exceptional products from nationally acclaimed vendors.


Ready to get started? Simply follow these three easy steps to begin realizing the benefits of cooperative purchasing.

  1. Become a Member

    Schools, universities, nonprofits, and government agencies can quickly and easily join for free. There are no fees to use our contracts, no commitment, and no obligation to purchase—and the online application takes just a few minutes.

    Businesses are not eligible for membership. Learn about becoming a vendor.

    Video: How Do I Become a Member?

  2. Find a Vendor Contract

    Sourcewell has hundreds of awarded vendor contracts in a wide variety of industries. You can quickly search contracts by product type, or browse construction contracts by state and county.

    Video: How Do I Find a Contract?

  3. Select a Vendor

    Once you’ve located a contract you’d like to utilize, you can quickly obtain a quote, and finalize the sale with your local vendor using the vendor’s contract number and your membership number. It’s that easy!

    Video: How Do I Make a Purchase?


Sourcewell membership is available to all government entities; public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities; and nonprofit organizations.

There is no cost, no obligation, and no liability.

Businesses, private consumers, and for-profit organizations are not eligible.