Improving schools and the educational experience for students is an important part of Lowe’s commitment to never stop improving the communities we serve. By helping schools in need, we’re making a long-term investment in our communities.

Our signature education grant program, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education®, has been changing lives and transforming communities since its launch in 2006. Funded by Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education provides parent groups and educators with the necessary financial tools to expand students’ opportunities and improve K-12 public schools across the United States.

In 2012, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education contributed nearly $5 million to fund improvements at more than 1,100 schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia. Projects included technology upgrades, safety improvements, library renovations and outdoor updates, and local Lowe’s Heroes often provided volunteer support. Since 2006, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education has provided more than $38 million in grants to 8,000 public schools, benefiting more than 5 million schoolchildren.

For the fourth consecutive year, Lowe’s partnered with five-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson and his wife, Chandra, to award additional grants to K-12 public schools with critical needs. These Champions Grants are funded by the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, and Lowe’s helps administer them. Last year, the Jimmie Johnson Foundation distributed nearly $600,000 in Champions Grants to 10 schools in the Johnsons’ hometowns in California, North Carolina and Oklahoma. In the past four years, more than $2.6 million in Champions Grants have been awarded to 54 schools.

Find out more information about Lowe’s Toolbox for Education and learn how to apply for a grant this fall at Lowes.com/Community.

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