In 2016, Tractor Supply Company launched its new FFA
paper emblem program, Grants for Growing. This is a program designed to impact local communities through chapters. Tractor Supply Company retail stores and local FFA Chapters partner during FFA Week to raise funds through the sale of paper emblems.
We encourage chapters to participate in the stores during the fundraising period, as this presence helps drive the sales of the paper emblems.
Additional fundraising opportunities, approved by store management, may also be available.
Examples of store activities:
Help pack at the register and take items to customer's cars
Hold a bake sale
Host a petting zoo
Host a car wash
Hold up signs promoting FFA Week and Grants for Growing program to passing motorists (honk if you believe in agriculture)
Set up a booth – where members can promote agriculture and FFA.
Tell customers about FFA.
What exactly is Grants for Growing?
Grants for Growing is a competitive grant process where chapters submit an application outlining a new or existing school agricultural project whose total budget does not exceed $5,000 or whose project budget is between $500 - $5,000. The grants are to be used to further or boost current agricultural education programs/projects or to build new ones. The project should be sustaining, meaning not just a one year event. The program/project should live on to benefit future FFA members. These chapter grants will allow for a greater impact in local communities and enhance chapter learning experiences.
Grants for Growing FAQ - Chapter
Grants for Growing FAQ - State Staff
How do I apply?
Grants for Growing 2018 grant applications opens Jan. 10, 2018.
View the application requirements.
The fundraising period will take place Feb. 16-25, 2018. During that time chapters are encouraged to volunteer a few hours and engage customers to help drive the sales of the paper emblems. Chapters are not required to participate in a store. All chapters are encouraged to apply even if there is no Tractor Supply store with in close proximity. Promotion of the event with social media, posters, broadcast and print may earn extra points toward the grant.