Ohio Department of Agriculture, Ohio FFA Announces Grant Program

Local chapters can apply to receive up to $2,500 for projects

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio – Local FFA chapters can now apply for their chance to receive grants to help fund community development projects through the 2013 Agricultural and Rural Community Outreach Program. The program, jointly administered by the Ohio FFA Foundation, Ohio FFA Association and the Ohio Department of Agriculture, will award grants to chapters with top-ranking projects.

“FFA not only helps shape future agricultural leaders, but it also generates a qualified workforce to fill jobs created by the state’s top industry – food and agriculture,” said Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David T. Daniels. “The Ohio Department of Agriculture is proud to partner with the Ohio FFA Foundation and Association to help youth improve their local communities and to keep agriculture strong in Ohio.”

Local FFA chapters can submit project proposals until May 15 to the Ohio FFA Foundation. A committee will then select projects to receive grant funds ranging from $750 to $2,500. Grant winners will be notified by May 30.

“Through the Agricultural and Rural Community Outreach Program, FFA can develop partnerships with other groups and organizations while taking a leadership role to make the community a better place to live and work. Using state, national and international activities, a chapter and its members can serve as catalysts to improve the community’s economic, environmental and human resources,” said Melissa Bell, director, Ohio FFA Foundation. “We are very excited about the opportunities this grant will create for local chapters and communities.”

FFA is a national organization dedicated to preparing youth for leadership and careers in science, business and technology in agriculture. It is an integral part of the high school curriculum in more than 300 schools across Ohio and provides practical, hands-on learning and leadership experience for students interested in pursuing careers in agriculture.

The program is funded by a $38,000 grant provided by the Ohio Department of Agriculture through the Ohio Rural Rehabilitation fund. For more information on grant guidelines or to apply, go to www.ohioffa.org.


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