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Money for Eagle projects: Lowe’s grant program back for 2013-2014

Eagle Scout projects make a visible difference in the community, but they aren’t cheap to complete.

So that’s why Lowe’s, the home-improvement giant with more than 1,700 stores, has teamed up with the BSA and local Scout councils to give selected Eagle Scout candidates $100 grants for their projects.

The grant program debuted in 2012 to great success. Last year, more than 3,000 Life Scouts received $100 each toward their Eagle projects. That’s a generous gift of $300,000 from the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation.

Well, there’s good news for future Eagles and their parents. The BSA announced this week that the grant program will continue beginning this month. And it’s grown, as well. This time, Lowe’s is offering 3,600 grants to deserving Eagle projects.

In 2012, councils received and distributed the cards. This time, however, things will run a little differently.

For 2013-2014, $100 Discover gift card grants will be mailed directly to Eagle Scout candidates instead of to councils.

Local councils select the Scouts to receive the cards, and then, through a council-designated volunteer, follow up to see that participating Scouts submit their required reports.

Local councils will not receive the cards and will have no responsibility to record or distribute them. Each council may reserve as many as 25 gift cards by sending a message to lowes.grant@scouting.org, notifying the BSA National Advancement Team of the council’s intent to participate.

This notification of participation must include the council name, Scout executive’s or staff designee’s name, the name and email address of one council-designated follow-up volunteer, and the number of Scout-recipients the council is confident can be identified.

Upon receipt of a notification of participation that includes all of the information mentioned above, the Advancement Team will send a link to the council’s designated follow-up volunteer that will allow electronic submission of the names and addresses of the Scouts who are to receive the gift cards.

As the Scout-recipients are submitted the advancement team will send the gift cards directly to the Scouts.

To learn more and make sure your council takes Lowe’s up on this incredible offer, please visit the new Lowe’s project website at www.scouting.org/trailtoeagle.

If after your visit to the site, you need more information, email lowes.grant@scouting.org.

12 Comments on Money for Eagle projects: Lowe’s grant program back for 2013-2014

  1. Last year the Grandville Lowe’s donated shovels to our joint Cub/Boy Scout tree planting at Cumming’s Elementary. I am very pleased with Lowe’s.

  2. C. Crocker // July 21, 2013 at 3:05 pm // Reply

    Great Idea Lowe’s but what about Girl Scouts going for their Gold Award?

  3. My sons use this program last year while working on their projects and it was a very painless process and was very helpful. Thanks Lowes and thanks for Bryan for passing this very useful information on to us! :)

    • Great. Congrats to your sons!

      • Thank you Bryan! I am very proud of them. They have already accomplished something that I did not manage to do. I have 2 more sons that I am hoping will follow in their big brothers’ footstep…and I am going to do everything I can to make sure they do. :)

        • That’s great. I’d say you made up for the fact you didn’t earn it by doing so much to help your sons achieve great heights!

  4. What about Girl Scout Gold Awards/ Thats my comment. Thank you. Tracy Walker Adult Girl Scout and PROUD OF IT!!!

    • Carolee - BSA Scout Mom of 12 years // September 17, 2013 at 9:49 am // Reply

      The service project required to obtain Eagle Scout rank can require fund raising for materials. If Girl Scouts have an equivalent to this service project you should inquire with Lowe’s (and Home Depot) about a grant. This blog just sets out the BSA process for grants. There are many other contributions made by Lowe’s. You’re in the wrong forum to whine about this.

    • This is a BOY SCOUT blog….not girl scouts…

  5. A simple complain to the Girl Scouts. This is a BSA site and a separate organization. Hey. I know. Call planned parenthood. They throw money toward the GS.

    • Wow – low blow, and incorrect info at that. Thanks BSA for keeping this post up.

  6. GLORIA HOWEY // October 7, 2013 at 8:17 pm // Reply

    My son used the Lowes Grant for his Eagle Scout Project for shelves for a food pantry. THANKS SO MUCH LOWES FOR HELPING MY SON!!!MY SON NAME IS KYLE!! EAGLE SCOUT 2013!!!

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