How can my school participate?
Please contact your President’s office and encourage your school’s administration to enroll in the Retool Your School Campus Improvement Grant Program.
How would one go about voting for their HBCU?
What is the cumulative voting score?
The cumulative voting score is the total of all votes received through retoolyourschool.com
, social media through Twitter and Instagram using the designated hashtag, and sponsored events during the voting phase.
How are social media votes tallied?
Social media votes are defined as votes that uses the school’s unique hashtag on Twitter and/or Instagram. Each time your school’s unique hashtag is used on Twitter or Instagram ONE (1) vote will be earned per post. This includes retweets and reposts.
Is it against Program rules to schedule votes?
Yes, it is against the Program rules to schedule votes and may result in disqualification from the Program. Any Respondent or individual who, at the sole discretion of Sponsor, abuses the voting process in any way, including, without limitation, mass robotic voting, scheduled votes, votes generated by a script or macro, use of automated devices or the use of multiple voter or email accounts or other fraudulent means, as determined by Sponsor, will be disqualified from the Program or from further voting, and will have all their prior votes disqualified.
How will I know my school’s “unique hashtag”?
Visit the Enrollment
page to retrieve your school’s unique hashtag.
Can we promote our school’s involvement with this Program?
Yes, however, no applicants or representatives can take part (or agree to take part) in any media interviews, events or issue any press releases or other announcements regarding participation in the Retool Your School Program without the prior written consent of The Home Depot.
What is the focus of your HBCU campus improvement Program?
The Retool Your School Program provides the opportunity for Historically Black Colleges and Universities to upgrade their campuses with grants awarded from The Home Depot in the areas of:
- Energy efficiency
- General upgrades
- General construction
What type of organizations / institutions does the Retool Your School Program support?
Only Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) designated by the Secretary of Education as accredited Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are eligible to enroll in the Retool Your School Campus Improvement Grant Program.
Does the Retool Your School Program accept unsolicited grant requests?
What is the 2020 timeline?
- School Administrator December 19, 2020 - February 16, 2020
- Voting Period February 17, 2020, - April 5, 2020
- Winner Announcement April 17, 2020
When will the Retool Your School Program grant awards be funded to the winning schools?
All Grant awards will be announced on or around April 26, 2019. Winning schools will be notified in advance of the announcement date. Grants will be funded once the winning school’s project proposals have been submitted and approved by the Retool Your School Program.
How do I know which Cluster I am assigned to?
Sponsor will make Cluster Assignments using data provided on the Learning Opportunities Index and National Center for Education Statistics application. Cluster are defined below:
- Cluster 1, which includes those Respondents with a student enrollment of 4,000 or more;
- Cluster 2, which includes those Respondents with a student enrollment between 1,201 and 3,999; and
- Cluster 3, which includes those Respondents with a student enrollment of 1,200 or less.
How does your school accept the Retool Your School opt-in and advance to the voting period?
Each school’s President and/or Point of Contact will receive an email that allows them to opt-in their school. If you have any questions regarding accepting the opt-in for your school, please call the Retool Your School Program at 404-904-8724.
I’ve read through all the materials, but I still have questions. How can I contact someone from the Retool Your School Program staff?
Submit your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
and a Retool Your School Program staff member will respond within 48 hours. Or call the Retool Your School Program staff at 404-904-8724.
What is Campaign of the Year?
In celebration of the Retool Your School Program’s, 10-year anniversary, a newly created award, “Campaign of the Year Award” will be awarded to the school that’s campaign proves to be original, innovative, and particularly effective. Schools must submit a proposal detailing the activities deployed to galvanize its community to vote. Schools must submit a proposal detailing the activities deployed to galvanize its community to vote by April 15, see Rules
for complete details.
How is Campaign of the Year decided?
Campaign of the Year will be judged by a panel of judges selected by Program sponsor, The Home Depot. Rules
Can my school win in my cluster and Campaign of the Year?
No. The school that wins the Campaign of the Year Award will be precluded from winning in its cluster.
How can my school use the grant?
Grants must be used for materials and/or services available through The Home Depot and Home Services at The Home Depot. Grants cannot be used for tool rentals and tool rental deposits. Unfortunately, HDExteriors/HDInteriors sales are unable to accept gift cards as tender.
Will using a school’s hashtag multiple times in one post count as multiple votes?
No, using the same hashtag more than once in a single Twitter or Instagram post only counts as one vote. However, you can include multiple HBCUs’ hashtags in a single post; each hashtag counts as one vote per school.