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Investing in Education

Through strategic partnerships and a combination of educational grants, scholarships and volunteer activities, we’re providing students across the country with the necessary resources to ensure a safe and positive learning environment.

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education®

The year 2015 marked the 10-year anniversary of Lowe’s Toolbox for Education® (Toolbox), our signature educational grant program. Every year, Toolbox donates approximately $5 million in grants to K-12 public schools across the United States. These grants, ranging from approximately $2,000 to $100,000, support upwards of 1,000 schools per year with structural and safety enhancements, as well as upgraded learning materials and technologies. Lowe’s Heroes also pitch in, volunteering their time and skills for a wide variety of projects.

Since the program began in 2006, Toolbox has provided approximately $48 million in grants, benefiting more than 6 million children and nearly 11,000 schools along the way. In 2015, the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation donated more than $5.5 million in grants to improve 1,138 schools in 47 states.

To mark the 10th anniversary of Toolbox and celebrate the achievements to date, Lowe’s launched the Letters to Lowe’s campaign. Letters to Lowe’s encouraged students, with the help of their teachers, to write to Lowe’s to share how a grant would help benefit their school. In total, nearly 4,000 students submitted letters, with the four winners’ schools each receiving a $25,000 grant. Lowe’s Heroes will help the winners bring their ideas to life in 2016. Read one of the winning letters here

Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Since 2009, Lowe’s and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America have joined forces to provide opportunities for our nation’s young people. With more than 4,100 locations, the Boys & Girls Clubs provide invaluable resources and development programs for millions of kids and teens during critical out-of-school hours. Lowe’s supports the clubs each year through charitable donations and employee volunteerism directed at improving club facilities.

In 2015, Lowe’s donated $1 million to support improvement projects at 19 Boys & Girls Clubs in the United States, bringing total contributions to $7 million to date. Grants as high as $50,000 will go to support improvement projects such as roof repairs, classroom renovations and safety upgrades. In addition, Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers have donated their time to support these efforts, adding valuable expertise in the process.

Read about a Lowe’s grant here.