The Lowe’s Foundation last month announced nearly $8 million in grants to community and technical colleges nationwide to support skilled trades workforce development initiatives as part of its first round of Gable Grants!

As announced in March, Lowe’s Foundation Gable Grants will provide $50 million over the next five years to help prepare 50,000 people for careers in the skilled trades. Skilled trades training is a critical issue for our country, as data show there are not enough skilled tradespeople to meet the demand for their services. This first round of Gable Grants is being awarded to community and technical colleges with cutting-edge programs in appliance repair, construction, electrical, HVAC and plumbing.

In the coming months, additional Gable Grants will be awarded to community-based nonprofit organizations and national nonprofits with strong local presence to support skilled trades training. The Foundation is accepting applications from Aug. 1 through Sept. 1 for community-based nonprofit organizations, so please share this opportunity with those who may be in your network.

You can find more information about the Gable Grants program via

For any questions or need additional information please contact

Paul H. Young, eMPA
Chief of Staff
Council Member Edward Pollard
District J