About the Retool Your School Program
We are excited to enter our seventh year of RETOOL YOUR SCHOOL, developed to benefit our nation’s treasured Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). A total of nine (9) grants will be awarded this year: three (3) $50,000 grants, three (3) $30,000 grants and three (3) $20,000 grants. Please visit www.retoolyourschool.com for more information and to review all program rules. We cordially invite you to apply for one of these valuable grants today!
- New This Year — This year, respondents with completed applications and at least 100 votes will receive a $1,000 Home Depot Gift Card. Gift Cards to be distributed on or around May 18, 2016.
- New Cluster Structure — increases your chances of winning $50,000. All HBCUs competing for a grant will be placed into one of three clusters, based on student enrollment. The clusters are identified as follows:
- Cluster 1: 4,000+ students
- Cluster 2: 1,200-3,999
- Cluster 3: less than 1,199 students
With the incorporation of clusters, participating HBCUs are now only in competition with those schools similar in size based on student enrollment.
- New Grant Amounts — $300,000 will be awarded across 9 HBCUs! This year EACH of the three (3) clusters will award a
- Tier I Grant – $50,000
- Campus Pride Grant – $30,000
- Tier II Grant – $20,000
* The Campus Pride Grants will go to the school in each cluster with the most online votes and social media activity.
The Home Depot’s Retool Your School program is giving away MORE grant MONEY to MORE SCHOOLS for MORE campus IMPROVEMENTS.
White House HBCU Initiative & THD
On May 12, 2015 the White House HBCU Initiative’s Executive Director, Dr. Ivory A. Toldson presented The Home Depot with the Proclamation for the White House HBCU Initiative.
ABOUT THE WHITE HOUSE INITIATIVE:
- The Initiative’s authorization comes from Executive Order 13532, which calls for it to work with federal departments, agencies, and offices, the private sector, educational associations, philanthropic organizations, and other partners to increase the capacity of HBCUs to provide the highest-quality education to students by focusing on five core tasks:
- strengthening the capacity of HBCUs to participate in federal programs;
- fostering enduring private-sector initiatives and public-private partnerships while promoting specific areas and centers of academic research and programmatic excellence throughout all HBCUs;
- improving the availability, dissemination, and quality of information concerning HBCUs to inform public policy and practice;
- sharing administrative and programmatic practices within the HBCU community for the benefit of all; and
- exploring new ways of improving the relationship between the Federal Government and HBCUs.