Program Mission

The Home Depot strives to give back to our nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) what they have so generously given to their communities: a strong foundation, renewed purpose, and distinctive character.

Since 2009, the Retool Your School Program has provided over 4.1 million dollars in campus improvement grants that allow HBCUs to make sustainable improvements to their campuses.


In 2021, to deepen its commitment to HBCUs, The Home Depot is increasing its support of HBCUs by investing $1 million in campus improvement grants across 30 schools.

Thirty campus improvement grants will be awarded based on consumer voting. One grant for the Campaign of the Year Award, will be awarded to the school whose campaign proves to be most original, innovative, and particularly effective.


Opt-In Period: All HBCUs accredited by the United States Department of Education are invited by The Home Depot to participate. An authorized school official must enroll their HBCU in the Retool Your School Program via the opt-in email.

Voting Period: HBCU supporters can vote for their favorite HBCUs through Twitter and Instagram using the school’s designated hashtag or at retoolyourschool.com. Voting is unlimited. In each cluster, the 10 schools with the most votes will be in consideration for a campus improvement grant.

This year one Campaign of the Year Award is up for grabs to the school whose campaign proves particularly effective at galvanizing its community to vote. The Campaign of the Year Award will be judged by a panel of judges selected by program sponsor, The Home Depot. Full Rules.

Program History

By The Numbers To Date

  • 12 Years
  • 152 grants awarded
  • $4.2 million in awarded grants
  • 31.6 million votes cast

2021 Cycle Timeline

HBCU Enrollment

Through Feb 12, 2021

Voting Period

Feb 15 – Mar 15, 2021

Campaign of the Year Proposals Due

Mar 15, 2021

Winners' Ceremony

Apr 14, 2021

Winning Schools' Project Proposals Due

Apr 30, 2021