Submitted by: Zane Trace FFA, on June 6th
The ARCOP Grant program is a collaborative project of the Ohio Department of Agriculture and the Ohio FFA Foundation, Inc. to help local FFA chapters finance worthy community development projects. The grants awarded range from $750 to $5,000 per chapter. This year 12 grants are being awarded. Utilizing the criteria set forth by the Ohio Rural Rehabilitation program, schools submit written proposals to the Ohio FFA Foundation, Inc. for consideration and a committee of judges reviews the proposals and awards grants to worthy chapter activities. The projects will take place between June and November 2017. General program guidelines include:
- 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, a governmental entity, or long-standing organization
- The project goes beyond legally required activities or functions that are a routine expectation of an organization, agency, or governmental body.
The Zane Trace FFA Chapter received a grant in the amount of $5,000 for their project titled “Pioneer Pacers, Produce, Pork and Poultry”. This multi-faceted project will include chapter members serving as mentors for an elementary after school running club in the fall as well as chapter gardens for the growing of produce which will be donated to the Church Triumphant Food Pantry on a bi-monthly basis. Additionally, the project will allow members to raise a flock of laying hens and eight market hogs. The market hogs will be used to produce sausage for the chapter’s annual FFA Sausage Breakfast in February of 2018 which will benefit Children’s Hospital. The chapter would like to thank the administration and staff of both Zane Trace Schools and the Pickaway Ross CTC for supporting their goals.
More information about the program can be found here: http://ohioffa.org/foundation/programs/arcop-grants/