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 the communities they are a part of: A strong foundation. Renewed purpose. Distinctive character. With support from The Home Depot, the grants awarded from the Retool Your School program gives schools an opportunity to make upgrades to their campuses.


Nine campus improvement grants are awarded each year. Schools are divided into three clusters based on their student enrollment population and 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 are awarded based on the consumer voting and project proposal scores, which are determined by a panel of judges


Nomination period: HBCUs are nominated to participate in the program through online consumer nominations. After receiving 100 nominations the schools are invited to enrolled into the program. Schools that are not nominated may still enter the program through school administrator opt-in.

Voting Period: HBCU supporters can vote for their favorite HBCUs through social media using the school’s designated hashtag or on the RYS website. Voting is unlimited. The top 3 HBCUs with the most votes in each cluster will be in consideration for a campus improvement grant. Full Rules.

Program History

By The Numbers To Date

  • Entering 9th Year
  • 81% HBCU participation
  • 490 grants awarded
  • 4,418 volunteer hours
  • $1.8M in grants
  • 17.2M votes


  • 2015/2016
    Recognized by the White House Initiative on HBCUs
  • 2014
    The Phoenix Award, highest honor awarded by the City of Atlanta
  • 2012
    ‘Best Multi-Ethnic Interactive Campaign’ by AAF Mosaic

2018 Cycle Timeline

Nomination Period

January 29 - February 22

Voting Period

February 26 - April 15

Winner Announcement

April 30