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Guide to Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant | STEM Tools | Tech. Upgrades

Introduction to the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant

The Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant supports public education by helping to close the funding gap facing many public schools.

Each year, the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grants program contributes more than $5 million to fund improvements at public schools in the United States.

Now in its 12th year of helping build better schools and communities, the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education program has provided over $54 million to more than 12,000 schools across the country.

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Important Dates

The Fall 2018 grant cycle is  now open for applications. 

The deadline for submitting applications for this grant cycle is  September 28, 2018 11:59 pm EST. 

We strongly recommend submitting your school’s application as soon as possible as  Lowes will close applications once they have received 1,500 applications. 

Grant Aims and Fit with Makers Empire

The Lowes grant is for any individual public/charter K-12 school or non-profit parent group associated with that public/charter K-12 school. Pre-schools are not eligible.

It offers a grant funding for projects ranging from $2,000 – $5,000 and can be used for school projects that fall into one of the categories:

  1. Tools for STEM programs
  2. Technology upgrades
  3. Facility renovations
  4. Safety improvements

This grant is a great fit with the award-winning Makers Empire School Subscription – you can upgrade the technology at your school with the purchase of a 3D printer and 3D technology fits perfectly into STEM learning initiatives.

Application Process – Recommended Steps

For schools wanting to apply for a grant to purchase a Makers Empire solution, we recommend the following steps. Please read over all the steps before starting your application.

1. Review Grant Application Information

  1. Lowes has helpfully provided a pre-application checklist for schools interested in applying for the grant.
  2. Review the recommended steps required to submit an application.
  3. Have questions? Check out answers to Frequently Asked Questions on the grant website.

2. Understand the Makers Empire Difference

A School Makerspace is so more than just hardware. Teachers need the right software, class management tools, resources, professional development, training and support so that they can efficiently become confident and effective teachers within this space. Without these, its unlikely your school will see the maximum benefits possible with this type of creative learning.

Fortunately, Makers Empire includes everything schools need to successfully integrate Design Thinking, maker pedagogy and 3D printing into their everyday teaching practice.

Learn how Makers Empire can transform learning at your school:

  1. Watch these three videos to gain a high-level understanding.
  2. Review our Overview for School Leaders, which includes links to our School Implementation Plan and Videos made by Schools.
  3. Read Teaching STEM with Makers Empire, 12 Essential Tips re Setting Up a School Makerspace and Encouraging Girls to Love STEM.

3. Request a Makers Empire Quotation

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If you decide to apply for a Maker Project grant to purchase a Makers Empire solution, you must request a quotation from us as quotations and financial reports need to be included in your application. We can also provide supporting information for your grant submission. 

 

4. Submit your Application

Once the grant opens, check and submit your application, including your quotation for your Makers Empire solution.

Grant rounds can open and close extremely quickly so we strongly recommend:

  1. Completing your application before the grant round opens; and
  2. Submitting your completed application as soon as the grant round opens.