Sunday, February 20, 2011

Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation

Founded in 1957, the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation (LCEF) has a long and proud history of contributing to grassroots community projects. LCEF awards millions annually to diverse organizations across the United States.

LCEF is dedicated to improving the communities they serve through support of public education, community improvement projects and home safety initiatives.

LCEF provides funding only to 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit organizations and public agencies in communities where Lowe's operates stores and distribution centers. LCEF requires that all applicants take an eligibility test. Organizations that pass will be considered, but not guaranteed a grant. LCEF receives far more requests than it can accommodate. Many times, requests that pass the eligibility test and fall within the stated guidelines are not approved.

We recommend that your local Lowe’s store be your first point of inquiry when seeking a modest gift card, door prize or donation of materials for a community project or event. LCEF grants typically range from $5,000 to $25,000.

Lowes also provides educational scholarships for college students.

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