Put a fresh face on your community's school: Apply for a Painting a Brighter Future grant
As the economy struggles and education budgets shrink, children all over - many in our own neighborhoods - need our help more than ever to receive the education they deserve in well-maintained environments.
For a school in need, even something as simple as a new coat of paint can energize a dreary classroom, inspire teachers and motivate students.
That's why, in partnership with True Value retailers, the True Value Foundation provides grants for up to 40 gallons of paint through the Painting a Brighter Future program to more than 100 schools each year. Since 2009, we've covered more than 3 million square feet of classrooms with a fresh coat of assistance.
Help Your School
- Visit this page in the fall of 2014 for an application.
- Have the school fill out the application before the extended deadline of Dec. 31, 2014
- More than 14 million American children attend deteriorating schools
- About 30 percent of rural, 38 percent of urban and 29 percent of suburban schools have at least one building requiring extensive repair
Review and Selection
All qualifying applications will be reviewed by a panel of True Value staff, with final recommendations made to the True Value Foundation board of directors.
To qualify, an applicant must meet the following initial criteria:
- The school must be a public, private or parochial school in a community served by a True Value Company retail identity (True Value, Grand Rental Station, Taylor Rental, Just Ask Rental, Home & Garden Showplace, Party Central, and Induserve Supply)
- The school must serve children in any grade between kindergarten and grade 12
- The school must need 40 gallons or less of paint, in one of the colors offered through the program. Review available colors in the Color Selection Guide
Applications meeting the initial criteria will be reviewed in depth and evaluated using additional criteria:
- Does the school serve a low-income population or operate in an underserved community?
- What is the condition of the school building and how long has it been since the proposed area of the school has been painted?
- Has the school identified other resources that, when added to a paint grant, will multiply the impact of a paint grant overall?
- Do included "before" photos adequately indicate the real need for paint?
Once all qualified applications have been reviewed by the panel, a slate of potential grant recipients will be presented to the foundation board of directors for approval. Grant recipients will be announced shortly after the board meeting - retailers will be notified first about any schools in their community receiving a grant.
If your school receives a grant, both the school and sponsoring True Value retailer will be notified. The local True Value store will deliver the paint to the school.