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 2.6 million dollars in campus improvement grants that allow HBCUs to make sustainable improvements to their campuses.


In 2019, to celebrate the Retool Your School Program’s 10-year anniversary, The Home Depot increased its support of HBCUs by offering ten $50,000 campus improvement grants.

Nine grants will be awarded based on consumer voting. The tenth grant, 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 3 schools with the most votes will be in consideration for a campus improvement grant.

The 10th grant will be awarded as the Campaign of the Year Award to the school that’s 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

  • 11 Years
  • 87% of the nation’s HBCUs participated
  • 107 grants awarded
  • $2.6 million in awarded grants
  • 25.9 million votes cast


  • 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

2020 Cycle Timeline

HBCU Enrollment

January 6 - February 16

Voting Period

February 17 - April 5

Campaign of the Year Proposals Due

April 5

Retool Your School Winners Ceremony

April 17

Winning Schools Project Proposals Due

April 30