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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. 

The following is a list of acceptable projects and is not meant to limit other project ideas, which meet the Agricultural and Rural Community Outreach Program (ARCOP) criteria.

1) Educational Ag Programs

  • Assist Food Service Directors in bringing 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 (ie: hydroponics, niche markets, small fruits, etc.)
  • Public land lab creation and improvement

2) Ag Awareness & Ag Promotion

  • Educational agricultural products display or activity
  • New technology display (ie: modified genetics, hydroponics, embryo transfer)
  • Educational activity or display at county fair

3) Economic Development

  • Develop local farmers’ market
  • Develop and operate a community vegetable garden
  • Develop educational/recreational farm/farmers’ market, create niche marketing opportunities
  • Develop local hunger relief programs

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 July 1 and December 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Ohio FFA chapters offering worthy community development projects may apply.

Pre-Application Information:

- May 15, 2020: Applications due to Ohio FFA Foundation
- June 1, 2020: Grants recipients will be notified
- July 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020: ARCOP projects to be completed
- February 1, 2021: Final reports due to Ohio FFA Foundation

Contact Information:

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

Direct questions and submit completed applications 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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