(Black PR Wire) – ATLANTA, Apr. 13, —The Home Depot announced today that there is only ONE WEEK left to vote in the Retool Your School Campus Improvement Grant Program. Established in 2010, Retool Your School provides support for campus improvement projects at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) across the country. Since the program’s inception, approximately one million dollars in grant money has been awarded. Voters are encouraged to visit www.retoolyourschool.com to vote and help their favorite HBCU win a campus improvement grant of up to $50,000.
Online voting began February 27, 2015 and will end April 20, 2015. During this period, HBCU supporters can cast one vote per day per device for their favorite HBCU project. Supporters can also secure votes for their school by using the designated hashtag found here for each school via their social media channels. Each use of a school’s Retool Your School designated hashtag counts as one social media vote. Following the online voting, a panel of distinguished judges will also evaluate each school’s project proposals within the qualifying clusters. Judges will consider the depth of each proposal and the school’s ability to execute the project within the respective budgets of $50,000, $25,000, or $10,000, as applicable.
This year, the Retool Your School Program will use a new grant structure that will award a total of $255,000 in grants to nine accredited HBCUs in $50,000, $25,000, and $10,000 denominations. Based on student enrollment, schools will be categorized into one of three clusters — schools with 4,000 students or more, schools with between 3,999 and 1,201 students, or schools with fewer than 1,200 students. Proposals for all three grants must highlight how each project will make a lasting, positive impact on the HBCU campus.
The Home Depot will announce the grant recipients on May 13, 2015.