Tractor Supply Company, which also owns and operates Petsense, is kicking off its seventh annual Grants for Growing fundraiser. This event, which is scheduled during National FFA Week, Feb. 17-28, supports National FFA Organization (FFA) chapters nationwide. The fundraiser supports hundreds of unique and sustainable agricultural projects implemented by FFA students across the country.
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, online at Tractor Supply, or through the Tractor Supply app with purchase. Each grant will fund projects within the same state in which the funds were donated.
“It has been so moving to witness the success of the Grants for Growing fundraiser throughout the years. Our Customers and Team Members have helped us raise almost $5 million since launching the program and we’re thrilled to know its year-to-year growth continues to have a positive impact on students nationwide,” said Christi Korzekwa, Tractor Supply’s Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer. “At Tractor Supply, we believe investing in younger generations is critical to ensuring a brighter future for everyone. These students use their grants to benefit their larger communities and wish to continue to grow that impact.”
Tractor Supply launched Grants for Growing in 2016 to support our nation’s future agricultural leaders. Since its inception, the program has impacted nearly 163,685 students and awarded 1,573 grants. In 2021, the program raised $790,269, funding agricultural projects for 151 chapters across the country.
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 communities 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 – May 14 and winners will be announced on Aug. 1. Visit FFA.org/GrantsforGrowing for more information and to apply.