U.S. Schools Receive $2.4 Million in Grants From Lowe’s
Schools in 46 states have received more than $2.4 million in grants from Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation. The money, from the foundation’s Lowe’s Toolbox for Education program, was distributed to 559 schools in the second half of 2012. Over 1,100 schools have benefited from Lowe’s grants. The grants totaled almost $5 million dollars in 2012.
Begun in 2006, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education program helps K-12 public schools fund improvements in safety and technology. Remodeling libraries and constructing learning environments outdoors are also projects funded by the grants. The chairman of Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation, Marshall Croom, notes that the improvements provide long term benefits to children.
Applications for grants totaling up to $100,000 are available to both large school districts and individual schools. The deadline for Spring 2013 grants was February 15. Since Lowe’s Toolbox for Education was begun, it has helped over 4 million children with grants to 7,500 schools. Over $34 million in total grant money has been awarded by the foundation. Since its beginning in 1957, Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has been committed to improving communities throughout the nation. It does this with a combination of financial contributions and employee volunteers.