The Agricultural and Rural Community Outreach Program (ARCOP) is a grant program available to FFA chapters to fund community development projects in the areas of educational agricultural programs, agriculture awareness and promotion and agriculture and food economic development. These projects are to address the needs of farmers and rural individuals, families and communities, agricultural education and the economic development of rural areas and should be in collaboration with a substantial agency, a governmental entity, or other long-standing organization.
Annually Ohio FFA chapters submit project proposals to the Ohio FFA Foundation, and a committee selects projects to receive grant funding up to $5,000 per project. The program is funded by a $45,000 grant provided by the Ohio Department of Agriculture through the Ohio Rural Rehabilitation Fund.
Since the program’s beginning, nearly 40 chapters have been awarded ARCOP grants to impact their communities, and several projects have proved sustainable since their original funding.
New for the 2020 ARCOP Grants – This year funding priority will go 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. For more project ideas and complete details, click on the Guidelines below.
For chapters interested in applying for an ARCOP grant, applications are due May 15.
“My students have practiced skills ranging from food preservation to event planning to gardening and construction through our funded projects. We are very grateful to the Ohio Department of Agriculture for creating and supporting this program!” ~Jennifer Johnson, Zane Trace High School
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