Tractor Supply seeking grant applications for FFA chapters
JOPLIN, Mo. — A partnership gives grant opportunities to FFA chapters across the country. The application period is now open through February 11th, 2019.
It’s the fourth year Tractor Supply Company and the FFA have partnered for the Grants for Growing campaign. The competitive grant program provides funding to FFA chapters for the development or improvement of a proposed agricultural project.
Agricultural educators are invited to submit a detailed proposal for a new or existing project that benefits both the larger community as well as the future FFA members. Applicants must outline how the chapter will start, sustain, or expand on the project.
After the application period is over, Tractor Supply will host a fundraiser from February 13th through 24th, inviting customers to donate in-store or online with a purchase to support future projects. Chapters located near a TSC store are invited to help in the fundraising efforts. Grants ranging from $500 to $5000 will be funded in the spring based on the amount of funds raised.
“Tractor Supply is proud of its enduring support of FFA, an organization that prepares students to be the future leaders of the agricultural industry. The Grants for Growing program is just one more way Tractor Supply can assist these young people in their pursuit of studying and advancing the rural lifestyle, while also benefiting their communities,” said Jessica Holmes, marketing manager at Tractor Supply Company.
FFA Advisors interested in applying for a grant can visit the FFA website.
In 2018, Tractor Supply officials say they were able to fully fund more projects than ever due to the support of stores across the country. Officials say the campaign raised a record of $830,000, enabling 271 grants to be awarded and impacting more than 30,000 students.
“Since the program’s inception, Grants for Growing has raised more than $2.2 million and funded close to 1,000 grants for agriculture projects across the country,” said Christi Korzekwa, senior vice president of marketing at Tractor Supply Company. “We look forward to inspiring future leaders and positively impacting the agricultural industry with our 2019 program.”
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