Tractor Supply Company is again kicking off its annual Grants for Growing fundraiser. The fundraiser, held February 17 to 28 during National FFA Week, supports hundreds of unique and sustainable agricultural projects implemented by FFA chapters nationwide.
Grants for Growing is a competitive grant program for middle and high school FFA chapters that are developing and improving project-based or experiential learning opportunities for students. Chapters may apply for a grant up to $5,000. Tractor Supply customers can help fund these grants by purchasing a paper emblem in-store or online with your purchase. Each grant will fund projects within the same state in which the funds were donated.
“Through Grants for Growing, we have an opportunity to directly support agricultural education and innovation with the next generation,” said Christi Korzekwa, Tractor Supply’s Senior Vice President, Marketing. “Funding for programing in schools is crucial, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. With the help of our customers and Team Members who live and love Life Out Here, we are proud to support these youth and our FFA partners committed to expanding agricultural literacy.”
Tractor Supply launched Grants for Growing in 2016 to support our nation’s future agricultural leaders. Since its inception, the program has raised over $4 million and impacted nearly 150,000 students. In 2020, the program raised $744,835, funding agricultural projects for 151 chapters across the country.
Today through Feb 28, you can donate towards the @TractorSupply Co Grants for Growing when you make a purchase online or when you visit a local Tractor Supply Co. store. In 2020, 5 PA FFA chapters received funding from this program. To learn more, visit https://t.co/b0y1tPNXbL pic.twitter.com/QNZJnKYbmL
— PA FFA Foundation (@PAFFAFoundation) February 17, 2021
Later this spring, FFA chapters will submit applications with detailed proposals outlining how the chapter would start, maintain or expand on a project that will benefit their local areas as well as both current and future FFA students. In past years, applications have been requested for purchasing vegetation, trees, seed, chickens, feed, mulch and tools for projects ranging from livestock shelters, beekeeping and aquaculture labs.
The application period will be held from March 1 to May 15, and winners will be announced on August 2. Visit the FFA Grant for Growing website for more information and to apply.