Paine College Announces its Return to the Home Depot Retool Your School Grant Program Competition Award will Benefit the College’s Residential Halls

Posted by painewebmaster | 03/4/2016 04:54 AM

By Helene T. Carter

The Home Depot Retool Your School Grant competition has officially commenced with over half of the nation’s HBCUs vying for the top prize of $50,000 for campus beautification projects.  Paine College qualified to enter the competition upon submitting its application for three beautification improvement projects on February 22, 2016.  “The competition is stiff this year but we are in it to win it,” said Dr. Samuel Sullivan, Interim President.  “The College has an opportunity to win from $20,000 to $50,000 to underwrite improvement projects in three residence halls,” commented Dr. Sullivan. “I am appealing to the entire Paine College community to vote daily to ensure that the College emerges as a winner.” 

The total winnings for the Retool Your School program have increased to $300,000 in grants for nine accredited HBCUs. The schools will be categorized in one of three clusters based on student population. Each cluster will have three winners vying for one $50,000, one $30,000 and one $20,000 grant. The breakdown will be as follows: Cluster 1 will be based on schools with student enrollment of 4,000 or more and Cluster 2 will be based on schools with student enrollment of 3,999–1,251 students.  Paine College falls within Cluster 3 with a student enrollment of 1,250 or less.

The Home Depot’s Retool Your School Program was established in 2010 to provide support for campus improvement projects to the nation’s HBCUs.  Since the program’s inception, over one million dollars in grant money has been awarded. 

This year, for the first time, the non-winning qualified schools who submit their applications and receive a minimum of 100 votes, will receive a $1,000 Home Depot gift card. 

“Excitement builds each year for The Home Depot Retool Your School program,” says Melissa Brown, Multicultural Marketing Manager. “Each year, we continue to find ways to make it exciting for HBCUs to participate. Last year, we launched a new grant structure that allowed more HBCUs to participate and to feel comfortable competing among their fellow HBCUs within their student population range.” 

During the online voting period, Paine College supporters can cast their vote everyday for Paine’s project. Following the online vote, a panel of distinguished judges will also evaluate Paine’s proposal within the qualifying brackets. Judges will consider the depth of Paine’s proposal and the College’s ability to execute the project within the specified budgets. Proposals for all three grants ($50K, $30K, $20K) must highlight how each project will make a lasting, positive impact on Paine’s campus. 

Geno Clark, Director of Sponsored Programs, steered the application process and submitted projects on behalf of Paine College for each of the award levels as follows:

Tier III award ($20,000) will be utilized to replace and/or upgrade window panes and window treatments in three residence halls: Epworth Hall, Gray Hall and Barry Gomillion Hall.

The project, if implemented, will beautify the campus image by providing a much-needed facelift to residence halls while also allowing for added privacy in dorm rooms.

Tier II prize ($30,000), if awarded, will underwrite external painting and gutter repair/replacement on the same residence halls. The repainted trim work will give the buildings an uplift while the improved gutter system will create a more stable and comfortable living environment for our students. 

Tier I Project ($50,000), if awarded, will include major repairs of the communal bathrooms in resident halls including retiling of showers, repairing drains and replacing hardware.

The Home Depot’s Retool Your School Program was established in 2010 to provide support for campus improvement projects to the nation’s HBCUs.  Since the program’s inception, over one million dollars in grant money has been awarded.

During the online voting period, Paine College supporters can cast their vote everyday for Paine’s project. Following the online vote, a panel of distinguished judges will also evaluate Paine’s proposal within the qualifying brackets. Judges will consider the depth of Paine’s proposal and the College’s ability to execute the project within the specified budgets. Proposals for all three grants ($50K, $30K, $20K) must highlight how each project will make a lasting, positive impact on Paine’s campus.

Online voting began February 26th and will end April 24th.  We encourage faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends to vote daily at www.retoolyourschool.com.  The winners will be announced on May 18, 2016.

For more information about ways to cast your vote, please contact Tonya Williams in the Office of Communications & Marketing at 706.396.7591, marketing@paine.edu