About the Retool Your School Program

We are excited to enter our eighth 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) $40,000 grants and three (3) $30,000 grants. Please review all Program Rules.

The Home Depot strives to give back to our nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) what they have so generously given to the communities they are a part of. A strong foundation. Renewed purpose. Distinctive character. With support from The Home Depot, the grant awarded from the RETOOL YOUR SCHOOL program gives schools an opportunity to make upgrades to their campuses. A total of nine (9) campus improvement grants will be awarded. Schools will be divided into clusters based on their student enrollment population. Per cluster, there will be one (1) $50,000 Grand Prize Grant, one (1) $40,000 2nd Place Grant and (1) $30,000 3rd Place Grant. All grants will be awarded based on consumer voting and project proposal scores, which are determined by a panel of judges. All government-accredited HBCUs are invited to participate. All votes are subject to Sponsor verification.

  • New To The Program
    Nomination ProcessFor 2017, faculty, staff, students and community supporters are encouraged to nominate their favorite HBCU to participate in the Program via Twitter and/or Instagram using the school’s Sponsor provided hashtag. All Sponsor provided hashtags can be found by visiting www.retoolyourschool.com (the Site”). The Nomination Period will start January 29, 2017 12:00 a.m. (midnight) Eastern Standard Time (“EST”) and end February 10, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Respondents that receive at least 100 nominations will be notified in writing and invited to enter the Program for an opportunity to win up to $50,000.
    Schools may still enter the Program via a school administrator submission on the Site by providing primary contact information and official school logo to be included on website for voting. Submissions must be submitted between January 29, 2017 at 12:00 a.m. (midnight) EST and February 22, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. EST in order to enter during the Voting Period (defined below).By entering the Program, Respondents are included in the Online Voting Process.
    If Respondents are one of the top nine (9) schools invited to move forward in the Program, they MUST submit a Required Proposal.
    Respondents that enter the Program by the listed deadline will compete for the most online votes via the Site, social media and designated sponsor events. The top three (3) schools with the most votes per cluster will move forward in the Program to submit proposals to compete for one of the nine (9) available Grants.
  • Program Timeline
    Nomination Phase — Jan 29- February 10, 2017
    Online Voting Begins — Friday, February 24, 2017
    Online Voting Ends — Sunday, April 16, 2017
    Retool Your School Award Grant Notifications — Wednesday, May 10, 2017 (Subject to Change)
  • Cluster System
    The program will continue to utilize the Cluster System. Under this system, each accredited HBCU is assigned to one of three groups (“Clusters”) based on school size/enrollment data. Clusters are as follows:Cluster 1: Enrollment 4,000+
    Cluster 2: Enrollment 1,201 – 3,999
    Cluster 3: Enrollment Up to 1,200*Clusters are subject to change at the sponsor’s discretion. Sponsor reserves right to request enrollment verification.
    Respondents must meet the following criteria at the time of registration and through administration of any grant:
    Have accredited HBCU status, as determined by the U.S. Department of Education.
    Have a tax identification number. Void where prohibited.
    Respondents must have access to the internet and a valid email address to participate.