This year's Grants for Growing program awarded funds to six Oklahoma FFA chapters, including Quapaw.

QUAPAW – Tractor Supply Company and the National FFA Organization are supporting Oklahoma’s next generation of agricultural leaders through the third annual Grants for Growing program. This year, Oklahoma Tractor Supply stores raised $23,000 through customer donations to fund local, youth-led agriculture projects made possible by the initiative.

Tractor Supply Company, the largest rural lifestyle retailer in the United States, awarded six grants to Oklahoma FFA chapters that requested funding to build or enhance sustainable educational projects that will further their students’ understanding of agriculture. In Oklahoma, the grants will help fund a wide variety of projects including a school farm, community garden and poultry hatching initiative.

Quapaw FFA was the recipient of a $1,000 grant to fund its Community Garden project.

“Grants for Growing not only allows us to invest in Oklahoma communities, but also invest in Oklahoma youth who are the future of the agriculture industry,” said Christi Korzekwa, senior vice president of marketing at Tractor Supply. “This program gives students hands-on learning experience as they watch their ideas turn their communities into stronger, more sustainable places.”

Between Jan. 10 and Feb. 14, FFA received nearly 600 applications from FFA chapters across the country detailing how they would start or expand a unique and sustainable project. This year, Tractor Supply awarded grants to more than 270 FFA chapters nationwide. Coinciding with National FFA Week, Tractor Supply hosted a 10-day in-store fundraising event nationwide, which offered shoppers the opportunity to donate at checkout in support of the program. The fundraiser collectively raised a record-breaking $830,000 for National FFA Foundation. Many FFA chapters participated in additional fundraising opportunities at their local Tractor Supply stores to supplement donations, including bake sales, car washes and more.

Since the program’s start in 2016, Grants for Growing has raised more than $2.2 million for the National FFA Organization. In total, the initiative has funded 994 grants supporting projects involving more than $103,000 students.

For more details about the program, visit www.FFA.org/grantsforgrowing.