Monday, March 14, 2011

FAMU Competing in the Home Depot Retool Your School Project

Florida A&M University (FAMU) needs the community’s votes as it competes against other historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to win $150,000 in campus improvement grants from The Home Depot. One $50,000 major grant and 10 $10,000 minor grants will be awarded.

The competition is part of The Home Depot’s long-standing efforts in support of the black community. The grant money will go towards a school improvement project that “will have an enduring impact on the lives of students, faculty and alumni for generations to come.”

For the $50,000 grant, FAMU’s New Beginnings Childcare Facility proposes to install the first solar energy system on campus. For the $10,000 grant, FAMU’s New Beginnings intends to install outdoor lighting, make interior building repairs and expand and enhance the outdoor learning area.

To win either the $50,000 or one of the $10,000 grants, FAMU must receive more online votes than any other HBCU in the competition. Last spring, the university was awarded a $10,000 grant, which assisted in the creation of FAMU’s first “Green Space.”

Online voting is now open and ends Friday, April 22, at 11:59 p.m. Each individual may vote only one time per day until the deadline. To vote for FAMU’s grant proposals, go to

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