Q: Who is eligible for the Letters to Lowe’s grant program?
A: Any individual public K-12 school. Pre-schools and private schools are not eligible.
Q: May more than one application be considered from any one school for the Letters to Lowe’s grant program?
A: No, only one application from each school will be awarded. Only one student letter from each class/grade is permissible so we encourage teachers to determine the best idea from their class/grade to submit. All teachers at every school are welcome to get their class involved, but we limit submissions to one letter per class/per grade to help us identify the most needed project at that school. It is not the quantity of applications but rather the critical need of a project that is most important in the selection process.
Q: Can a school apply to both Letters to Lowe’s and the regular Toolbox for Education grant cycle?
A: No, schools can only submit one application to Lowe’s grant programs within a 12 month period. Schools must decide which grant program to apply to based on project needs. Letters to Lowe’s grant recipients will also receive volunteer support from Lowe’s Heroes.
Q: What kind of projects will qualify for the Letters to Lowe’s program?
A: There is a preference for funding requests that have a permanent impact such as facility enhancement (both indoor and outdoor) as well as landscaping/clean up type projects. Projects that build stronger community spirit will be favored. Please note the grant money cannot be used to pay for memorials, stipends, salaries, artists in residence, field trips, scholarships, or third party funding. Only 10% of any award granted can be used toward outside resources such as labor, installation, consultation and delivery.
Q: Is there a timeframe by which we will need to complete our project, in order to qualify for the grant?
A: Yes. We ask that projects will be completed prior to the 2016-17 school year.
Q: When will we be notified if we have been selected as a finalist?
A: All applicants selected as finalists will be notified prior to October 26, 2015. When submitting an application, the contact email address included should be for a contact that will be available throughout the grant process. The school must provide a release form from the student involved to be included as a finalist. Voting for the top four schools will begin on October 26, 2015.
Q: If a school applies and is not successful in obtaining a grant, may they apply again during the next grant cycle? And if so, could they apply for the same project (with some modifications to the proposal)?
A: Lowe’s Charitable & Educational Foundation limits organizations to one application within a 12 month period. Yes, your organization may submit an application for the same project (with some modifications to the proposal) after 12 months.