Tractor Supply Raises $1,004,920 for Grants for Growing
Tractor Supply Company, the largest rural lifestyle retailer in the United States, announced today the results of its eighth annual Grants for Growing fundraiser. Customers and Team Members generated a total of $1,004,920 through the purchase of FFA paper emblems at checkout. The funds raised will be used to support student-led agricultural projects run by FFA chapters across the country.
“Agricultural education is incredibly important to us at Tractor Supply, as it shapes the lives and hearts of our young people as they learn about, live and carry on Life Out Here,” said Kimberley Gardiner, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Tractor Supply Company. “It means a lot that we can support FFA and their transformative ag education programs through our annual Grants for Growing fundraiser, and this year’s fundraiser was the best yet! We’re deeply grateful to our customers and Team Members for their generosity as we lift up this next generation of ag lovers and leaders.”
The grants are used to support three FFA programs: Grow your Classroom, Grow your Chapter and Grow your Ag Awareness. This year’s Grants for Growing fundraiser was held during National FFA Week in mid-February. The collected donations will fund grants up to $5,000 for projects in the same state where the donation was made. Last year, winning FFA chapters used their grants for projects including a high school greenhouse, materials to protect animals from historically low temperatures and fencing to protect crops from unwanted wildlife.
To receive grant funding, FFA advisors can submit applications at FFA. Submissions must include a detailed proposal for a project that supports the development of future agricultural leaders and the larger community. Winners will be announced on Aug. 1.
This year’s donation comes on the heels of a record $1,129,653 in 2022, bringing Tractor Supply’s total contribution to the National FFA Organization to $17 million. Tractor Supply has awarded 1,573 grants impacting nearly 164,000 students through Grants for Growing.
In addition to Grants for Growing, Tractor Supply supports FFA through its annual T-shirt fundraiser to benefit Living to Serve, Alumni Legacy Grants, New Farmers of America Archives and Give the Gift of Blue programs. In 2022, Tractor Supply announced a $5 million commitment to the FFA Future Leaders Scholarship Fund throughout the next five years, making it the largest agriculture scholarship fund of its kind.
For more details on Grants for Growing and other FFA programs, visit Tractor Supply. To see the latest on applicants and winners, visit Tractor Supply on Facebook and Instagram.