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The Home Depot Announces the 2018 Retool Your School Grant Program for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
By Sentinel News Service
Published February 13, 2018

The Home Depot’s Campus Improvement Program Will Award a
Total of $360,000 in Campus Improvement Grants to Nine Deserving HBCUs

The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, today announced its 2018 Retool Your School Grant Program. Now, in its ninth year, the program awards accredited Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) grants to use toward creating sustainable renovations and additions to their campuses.

The Home Depot has awarded $1.8 million to HBCUs since the program launched in 2009.


Schools seeking to participate in the contest can enter in either of two ways.

  1. A nomination process for HBCU faculty, staff, students and community supporters to nominate their HBCU to participate in the program via Twitter and/or Instagram using the school’s sponsor-provided hashtag, which can be found at Accredited HBCUs with a minimum of 100 nominations will then qualify to enter the voting period.
  2. Schools may accept the nomination or opt-in to the program via the nomination application link found in the eBlast to each of the school’s President and Point of Contact. Within the nomination application, a school administrator must provide primary contact information and official school logo to be included on the website for voting.

Nominations must be submitted between January 29, 2018 at 12:00 a.m. (midnight) EST and February 22, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST, to enter the voting period.

Voting begins February 26, 2018 at 12:00 a.m. (midnight) and ends April 15, 2018 at 11:59pm.

During the voting period, there are two ways to vote.

  1. Votes can be cast an unlimited number of times online at
  2. Useyour school’s unique, designated hashtag to cast unlimited social votes through Twitter and Instagram (hashtags can be found at

Nine schools receiving the highest number of votes during the voting period will advance to the final round and submit their campus improvement project proposals. A panel of distinguished judges will evaluate each school’s proposal.

Judges will consider the quality of each proposal and the school’s ability to execute the project within the specified budget. Proposals for all three grant levels must highlight how each project will make a lasting, positive impact on the HBCU campus.

A total of $360,000 will be granted to the nine HBCUs with winning proposals. The schools will be categorized in one of three clusters, based on each school’s student population. Each cluster will have three winners vying for one $50,000, one $40,000 and one $30,000 grant.

The breakdown is as follows: Cluster 1 is open to schools with a student enrollment of 4,000 students or more; Cluster 2 is open to schools with a student enrollment of 1,201–3,999 students; and Cluster 3 is open to schools with1,200 students or less.


The winners will be announced at a ceremony in May at The Home Depot headquarters in Atlanta, GA.

TheHome Depot Retool Your School Grant Program, launched in 2009, encourages and recognizes innovative projects that contribute to the campuses of accredited HBCUs. Since the program’s inception, more than $1.8million in grant money has been awarded to HBCUs to make sustainable improvements to their college campuses.

Set to celebrate a milestone 10th year in 2019, The Retool Your School Program continues to align with initiatives that celebrate the legacy and sustainability of HBCUs. In 2017, the program provided corporate support to the HBCU 9 Sesquicentennial Celebration, a partnership between the Department of Education’s White House HBCU Initiative, the US Department of Agriculture, and the Arbor Day Foundation to celebrate nine HBCUs that turned 150.

This year, the Retool Your School program, in partnership with the African American Film Critics Association, will present the inaugural 72-Hour Build a Film Challenge, a contest for HBCU filmmakers— currently enrolled students and alums—to create unique and entertaining short films about the HBCU experience. The winner will be revealed at this year’s African American Film Critics Association Awards February 7, in Los Angeles.

“Each year, we see continued growth and engagement with the program,” says Melissa Brown, Senior Marketing Manager at The Home Depot. “The Retool Your School program stimulates anunrivaled culture of community. We are proud to support our nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and value their rich legacy and ongoing contribution to our nation’s history.”

For more information on The Home Depot Retool Your School Grant Program, visit

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