One on One: Lowe’s Janice Dupré

The EVP of human resources and chair of the Lowe’s Foundation describes a $50 million commitment to develop tradespeople.

Lowe’s Foundation announced a $50 million commitment over the next five years to prepare 50,000 people for skilled trades careers through grants to community and technical colleges and community-based nonprofits.

“With the skilled trades industry facing a labor crisis, the Lowe’s Foundation is now poised to help train tens of thousands of qualified skilled tradespeople, giving each of them the opportunity to build a rewarding career and make lasting impacts in communities across the country,” said Janice Dupré, Lowe’s executive vice president of human resources and chair of the Lowe’s Foundation.

The national Lowe's Foundation Gable Grants program is accepting applications for two-year grants to help build a sustainable infrastructure of innovative training programs to cultivate more job-ready tradespeople and address the skilled trades labor shortage throughout the U.S.

Lowe's Gable grants

Note: The Lowe’s Foundation will host an informational webinar on March 22 for community and technical colleges that are interested in applying for a grant. To register for one of the webinars or to apply for a grant on behalf of a community or technical college, please visit

The application portal is accepting applications until April 10, 2023.

The Lowe’s Foundation Gable Grants program will also aim to increase the number of young and diverse tradespeople, particularly from underrepresented and rural communities.

The Lowe’s Foundation will run two separate annual grant application cycles. The first, open now, is focused on community and technical colleges with innovative skilled trades education programs for post-secondary aged adults.

The second cycle will focus on community-based nonprofit organizations, and the application period will be announced in the second half of 2023.

Today, 85% of contractors report trouble finding skilled workers, reported the retailer, and an estimated 546,000 new skilled tradespeople will be needed to meet demand in this year alone.

“We are bringing our network, our expertise and our resources to address this critical need and help ensure that the next generation of builders has the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the demands of our modern world,” said Dupré.

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