Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation - HISTORICAL

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    Funder Type

    Corporate Foundation

    IT Classification

    C - Funds little to no technology


    Lowe's Companies, Inc.


    The Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation primarily focuses it's giving on K-12 public/charter education and community development projects. Community projects are high-need projects such as: building renovations/upgrades, grounds improvements, technology upgrades as well as safety improvements.  The following grant programs are currently funded through the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation:
    • Lowe's Toolbox for Education Grants: Projects should fall into one of the following categories: technology upgrades, tools for STEM programs, facility renovations and safety improvements.
    • Lowe's Community Partners Grant Program: Through this program, funding helps build better communities by providing monetary assistance to non-profit organizations and municipalities looking for support of high-need projects such as: building renovations/upgrades, grounds improvements, technology upgrades as well as safety improvements.
    • Hometown Grants: To support the communities of Lowe's two largest customer support centers in North Wilkesboro and Mooresville, NC, Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation accepts grant applications from organizations in those areas year round. 
    • Small Grants Program: The small grants program is an outlet for organizations seeking smaller-scale assistance for non-educational focused projects.

    History of Funding

    Previous recipients of Lowe's Social Responsibility funding can be viewed at: http://responsibility.lowes.com/our-stories/?communityHere are some examples of what you can do for your school through the Toolbox program specifically. Toolbox award winners are also listed here: https://toolboxforeducation.com/grants

    Additional Information

    Regarding the Toolbox for Education Grants program, the most successful educational programs are those that are homegrown. They reflect the schools they serve and fill their communities unique needs and interests. Here are 9 ideas to jumpstart some thoughts of your own.
    1. Reading Garden - Turn a courtyard or other outdoor space into an inviting area to read. Install benches and walkways, plant flowers, bushes and flowering trees. Include grassy areas and shady trees where children can stretch out with a good book and begin a lifelong habit of reading for pleasure.
    2. Vegetable Garden - Tie together history, social studies, math and science. Ask parents and their children to volunteer on a weekend to prepare the soil and plant the crops. Incorporate the garden into classroom lessons centered on planning the layout of the garden, projecting its yield, and predicting the effect of weather patterns on the crops. Plant vegetables the colonists grew, or grow a crop that played an important historical role or is vital to the local economy.
    3. Physical Fitness Area - Create walking trails on school property with exercise stations interspersed throughout. Install simple wooden posts, benches, and bars along with weatherproof signs with step-by-step instructions on how to use the equipment. Incorporate the outdoor exercise areas into the physical education curriculum and encourage families to use the facilities during evenings and weekends.
    4. School Landscaping Project - Beautify your school grounds and instill pride in your environment. Create a landscaping plan that will complement your building and make the most of the terrain. Purchase and plant trees, flowering shrubs, bulbs, perennials, and annuals. Invite members of your school community, a local garden club, and youth organizations for a school-wide cleanup and to prepare the soil and install the plantings and other landscaping features. A school landscaping project is a great way to involve parents and other community members and the fruits of their labor will be enjoyed for years to come.
    5. School Nature Trail - Map out a route and recruit volunteers to help clear a swath through a wooded area to be used for environmental education. Lay down woodchips to cut down on maintenance and to make walking easier. Mark native plants and other natural features with descriptive signs. Lay down boardwalk over swampy areas and create viewing platforms. Purchase field guides and binoculars to be used by students. Have an opening day celebration with healthy treats to show off this new community asset and to recognize and acknowledge the hard work of your volunteers.
    6. Parent Involvement Center - Help parents feel welcome in your school by giving them a place to call their own. Block off an existing area, such as a corner of the school library or media center, with bookcases or dividers. Paint the walls a warm, inviting color. Add some homey touches with potted plants and wall hangings. Furnish the Parent Involvement Center with a table and chairs, and a bookcase or cabinet to store supplies. Keep your PTO materials here and add some resources on parenting and education. As time goes on, create a lending library with books, DVDs, magazines, handouts, toys, games, and math manipulatives to use at home. Your Parent Involvement Center will give volunteers a place to work on school projects and will become a resource for information that will help parents become more effective proponents of their children's education. As important, the Parent Resource Center will signal parents that your school welcomes their presence.
    7. Peer Tutoring Center - Create a tutoring center where students work one-on-one in a quiet environment, without distraction. Transform an unused area in your school into a comfortable area conducive to learning and teaching. Peer tutors will receive training in interpersonal communication, goal-setting, and effective tutoring methods.
    8. Playground - Build a new playground or replace worn-out and broken equipment to make your playground safe and fun. Clear the area of trash, debris, and weeds; cut back overgrown plant life and install new, age-appropriate equipment. Cushion the ground with a fresh layer of woodchips, pea-gravel, or rubber matting. Add handicapped-accessible structures and create pathways to allow for wheelchair access.
    9. Rotating Student Art Exhibit - Designate wall space in school corridors for a revolving exhibit of student artwork. Hang picture hooks and purchase frames that can be reused as the artwork changes. Students will be filled with pride when they see their artwork framed and displayed where everyone can see it. Involve students in choosing from their own and/or their peers work, naming and labeling the artwork, and planning the display. Show off each new exhibit with an open house for parents. Download a completed, successful sample grant application for reference: Lowe's Toolbox for Education - Sample Grant Application.
    The Foundation's charitable contributions are not used for:
    • Individuals and families
    • National health organizations and their local affiliates
    • Religious organizations and church or denomination-sponsored programs or events
    • Special events, such as conferences, dinners, sport competitions, festivals or art exhibits
    • Sponsorship of fundraising events (i.e. dinners, walks, golf tournaments and auctions)
    • Goodwill advertising or marketing
    • Political, labor, veteran/fraternal organizations, civic clubs or candidates
    • Sports teams or athletic events
    • Arts-based programs
    • Animal rescue and support groups
    • Travel-related events, including student trips or tours
    • Development or production of books, films, videos or television programs
    • Capital campaigns, endowments or endowed chairs
    • Activities of organizations serving primarily their own membership
    • Private schools
    • Continuing education for teachers and staff
    • Institutional overhead and/or indirect cost (i.e. salaries, stipends, benefits and most project labor costs)
    • Memorial campaigns
    • Multi-year requests
    • Tickets to events


    Lowe's Charitable Foundation Staff

    Lowe's Charitable Foundation Staff
    1000 Lowe's Boulevard
    Mooresville, NC 28117

  • Eligibility Details

    The Foundation funds to 501(c) (3) tax-exempt nonprofit organizations, including local municipalities and K-12 public/charter schools in communities where Lowe's operates stores and distribution centers.

    Deadline Details

    Lowe's has revised its grantmaking approach and no longer has an open application process. Applications are now accepted by invitation only. Interested applicants should approach their local store to initiate the grant-seeking process.

    Award Details

    Award amounts vary based on program category:

    • Lowe's Toolbox for Education Grants: Grant requests can range from $2,000 to $100,000. Most grants will fall within the $2,000 to $5,000 range. Larger projects fall between $10,000 and $25,000. Critical need projects over $25,000 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
    • Lowe's Community Partners Grant Program: Grants range from $2,001 to $100,000, with most projects falling between $10,000 and $25,000.
    • Hometown Grants: Grants range from $5,000 to $25,000. Larger amount requests will be considered, but are seldom awarded.
    • Small Grants Program: These grants range from $100 to $2,000.

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