After more than 100 years of serving communities across America, we understand our role in helping others see what’s possible in their communities and in their own lives. That’s why we focus our philanthropic investments in partnerships and programs that address pressing needs and create lasting impact.
At the Lowe’s Foundation, we are currently focused on closing the skilled trades labor gap across the United States. Our mission is to develop a community of skilled tradespeople who can build and revitalize our homes, neighborhoods and infrastructure for the future.
The Lowe’s Foundation Gable Grants Program
The United States is experiencing a significant labor shortage within the skilled trades industry. Studies show that 85% of contractors report trouble finding skilled workersi, and an estimated 546,000 new skilled tradespeople will be needed to meet demand in 2023 aloneii.
The Lowe’s Foundation Gable Grants program is a 5-year, $50 million commitment to train 50,000 job-ready skilled tradespeople to build a stronger infrastructure that supports our communities for the long term. From 2023-2028, community and technical colleges and community-based nonprofit organizations across the country can apply for grants to recruit, train and employ the future skilled trades workforce with an emphasis on under-represented communities.
We’ll bring our network, expertise and resources to address this critical need and ensure that the next generation of builders has the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the demands of our modern world.
i Association of General Contractors of America. 2022 Workforce Survey Analysis
ii Associated Builders and Contractors. (February 9, 2023) Construction Workforce Shortage Tops Half a Million in 2023, Says ABC