SIDNEY – Tractor Supply Company, the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States, in partnership with the National FFA Foundation, is excited to announce that 14 Ohio FFA chapters have recently been selected to receive grant funding as a part of the “Grants for Growing” program. The Sidney High School FFA program was one of the Ohio high schools to receive a grant.
Ohio FFA chapters were primarily selected to receive the grants based on the merit of their applications that explained how each applying chapter proposed to use the grant funding to aid their communities. While the minimum grant amount was for $500, there was no cap on the amount of funding a chapter could request for its project.
“The response to our first national ‘Grants for Growing’ has been very positive and is a meaningful way to provide critical funding to FFA members who want to make a difference in their communities,” said Christi Korzekwa, senior vice president, marketing at Tractor Supply Company. “Tractor Supply’s commitment to giving back to the communities that we serve is very important, and this program demonstrates our desire to support our current and future customers as well as our future team members.”
The chapters awarded grant funding can use the funds in a number of ways to benefit their community, including buying vegetation, trees, seed, chickens, feed, mulch or tools to help start or expand an FFA project that will continue for years to come.
In addition to funds donated by Tractor Supply, an in-store event was held on Feb. 19-28, during which Tractor Supply shoppers were offered the opportunity to donate $1 at checkout in support of the program. All in-store event funds raised at Ohio locations remained within the state.
After positive feedback from pre-selected communities in 2015, this was the first year the program was offered on a national level. In total, the program raised an astounding $706,987 during the 10-day national in-store fundraiser this year, funding 374 grants and impacting 39,038 students.