• How would one go about nominating their HBCU?
    To nominate your HBCU, please follow the following steps:
    1. Visit retoolyourschool.com
    2. Find your school and designated hashtag
    3. Use your school’s designated hashtag in a social post via Instagram and/or Twitter
  • Who can nominate their school?
    Any HBCU supporter can nominate their school. Students, alumni, faculty, staff, and supporters are strongly encouraged to nominate their schools.
  • What is the cumulative voting score?
    The cumulative voting score is the total of all votes received through the website at retoolyourschool.com, social media through Twitter and Instagram using the designated hashtag, and sponsored events during the voting phase. PLEASE NOTE: All nominations will be converted to votes.
  • Are community members allowed to submit a proposal on behalf of our school?
    No, only school administrators can submit proposals.
  • What platforms can we use to nominate our HBCU?
    Cast your nominations through social media via Twitter and Instagram.
  • Is it against program rules to schedule nominations or votes?
    It is against the program rules to schedule nominations or votes, and may result in disqualification from the program.
  • What if a school wanted to forgo the nomination period and ensure that their school is in the voting round of the program?
    Schools can forgo the nomination period and opt-in to the program via the nomination application link found in the eBlast to each of the school’s President and Point of Contact. Within the nomination application, a school administrator must provide primary contact information and official school logo to be included on the website for voting. If you have any questions regarding accepting the nomination for your school, please call the Retool Your School line at 404-365-7417.
  • What happens after a school is notified that they are one of the top three vote receivers for their cluster?
    Upon notification, schools will submit proposals for judging. Schools will be eligible to win $50, 000, $40,000 or $30,000 in campus improvement grants.
  • How are social media votes tallied?
    Social media votes are defined as those votes that use the school’s unique designated hashtag on Twitter and/or Instagram. Each time your school’s unique hashtag is used on Instagram or Twitter ONE (1) point will be earned per post. This includes retweets and reposts.
  • How will I know my “unique hashtag”?
    Click the NOMINATE/VOTE page to retrieve your school’s designated hashtag.
  • Can we promote our school’s involvement with this program?
    Yes, however, no applicants or representatives can take part (or agree to take part) in any media interviews or events, or issue any press releases or other announcements regarding participation in the RETOOL YOUR SCHOOL program without the prior written consent of The Home Depot.
  • What is the focus of your HBCU campus improvement program?
    The RETOOL YOUR SCHOOL program is a chance for Historically Black Colleges and Universities to upgrade their campuses with grants from The Home Depot in the areas of:
    • Lawn care/landscaping
    • Windows/doors
    • Energy efficiency
    • General upgrades
    • Lighting
    • Paint
    • Flooring
    • General construction
  • What type of organizations / institutions does the RETOOL YOUR SCHOOL program support?
    Only Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) designated by the Secretary of Education as accredited Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are eligible to submit an application to the RETOOL YOUR SCHOOL program.
  • Does the RETOOL YOUR SCHOOL program accept unsolicited grant requests?
    No.
  • What is the 2018 program timeline?
    Nomination Period: January 29, 2018 – February 22, 2018
    School Administrator Opt-In: January 29, 2018 – February 22, 2018
    Voting Period: February 26, 2018 – April 15, 2018
    Winner Announcement: May 1, 2018
  • If my HBCU is one of the top three (3) vote receivers per cluster, is there a deadline when proposals must be completed?
    Invited Respondents may submit applications beginning April 23, 2018, at 12:00 a.m. (midnight) Eastern Standard Time (“EST”). Applications must be completed and received by May 4, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. EST.
  • When will the RETOOL YOUR SCHOOL grant awards be funded to the winning schools?
    All Grant awards will be announced on or around May 10, 2018. On the same announcement date, Respondents will also be notified via email, as provided on your Proposal.
  • How do I know which Cluster I am assigned to?
    Sponsor will make Cluster Assignments using data provided on the LOI and National Center for Education Statistics application.
  • How does your school accept the Retool Your School nomination and excel to the voting period?
    Each school’s President and Point of Contact will receive a link via eBlast to the school’s nomination application link. If you have any questions regarding this accepting the nomination for your school, please call the Retool Your School line at 404-365-7417.
  • I’ve read through all the materials but I still have questions. How can I contact someone from the RETOOL YOUR SCHOOL staff?
    Submit your questions to staff@retoolyourschoolprogram.com
    A RETOOL YOUR SCHOOL staff member will respond within 48 hours.
  • Is it against program rules to schedule nominations or votes?
    Any Respondent or individual who, at the sole discretion of Sponsor, abuses the voting process in any way, including, without limitation, mass robotic voting, scheduled votes, votes generated by a script or macro, use of automated devices or the use of multiple voter or email accounts or other fraudulent means, as determined by Sponsor, will be disqualified from the Program or from further voting, and will have all their prior votes disqualified