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Agricultural and Rural Community Outreach Program (ARCOP)

Grants to Ohio Youth in Agriculture Organizations
for Community Development Activities

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Ohio FFA Foundation and Ohio Department of Agriculture and Ohio FFA Association

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Grants of up to $5,000 to Ohio youth agricultural organizations to support community development projects. Funding is intended to support programs within the focus areas of education, economic development, and agricultural awareness and promotion. Priority will be given to projects focused on teaching children the origin of the food they eat and helps promote fresh, healthy foods in communities. Projects should align with these principles, with an emphasis on decreasing food insecurity, getting fresh foods to communities or helping farm to school efforts.

Grant applications are generally considered for projects that fulfill the following criteria:

  • The project benefits rural residents or low-income farmers.
  • The project will have a long-term impact on the community either economically or through an improved quality of life.
  • The project is in collaboration with a substantial agency (ie: The Ohio State University Extension, FMHA, ASCS), a governmental entity (ie: school districts, city council, county commissioners), or long-standing organization (ie: United Way, Grange, Farm Bureau).
  • The project goes beyond legally required activities or functions that are a routine expectation of an organization, agency, or governmental body such as county fair maintenance, highways, school landscaping, shop equipment, or handicap access improvements on public property. 

Project Ideas

ARCOP Grants are to be used for agricultural education, awareness and promotion and local economic development. Programs that specifically focus on bringing fresh, healthy foods to communities will be given priority. The following list of acceptable projects and is not meant to limit other project ideas, which meet the Agricultural and Rural Community Outreach Program (ARCOP) criteria.

  • Bring fresh vegetables to menus through a school garden
  • Arrange a culinary event to educate children and community members on how to prepare fresh food
  • Create K-6 agricultural day with focus on fresh foods or food preparation
  • Develop bioscience/STEM programming for K-6 classrooms with an agricultural focus
  • Diversified farming workshops (e.g., hydroponics, niche markets, small fruits, etc.)
  • Public land lab creation and improvement
  • Educational agricultural products display or activity
  • Educational activity or display at county fair
  • Develop local farmers’ market
  • Develop and operate a community vegetable garden
  • Develop local hunger relief program

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 140316

Number of Grants:

A minimum of 12 chapter grants will be awarded.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The grants will range from $1,000 to $5,000 per chapter.

Term of Contract:

The actual project should be conducted between August 1, 2021 and April 15, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Ohio FFA chapters offering worthy community development projects may apply.

Pre-Application Information:

- June 21, 2021: Applications due to Ohio FFA Foundation
- July 15, 2021: Grants recipients will be notified
- August 1, 2021: Eighty-percent of the approved grant money per grant will be distributed to awardees
- August 1, 2021 – April 15, 2022: ARCOP projects to be completed
- May 1, 2022: Final reports due to Ohio FFA Foundation and remaining funds will be distributed

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Direct questions to:
Kathy Mann, Ohio FFA Foundation Administrative Assistant at
(614) 299-1332

Ohio Department of Education
25 South Front Street, MS #603
Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 466-3076

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