Painting a Brighter Future Grant

Put a fresh face on your community's school

For a school in need, even something as simple as a new coat of paint can energize a dreary classroom, inspire teachers and motivate students. Research confirms that new paint and the cleanliness of school walls can have an impact on student attitudes and academic performance.

That's why, in partnership with True Value retailers, True Value Foundation provides 30-gallon paint grants through the Painting a Brighter Future program. Nearly 1,000 schools across the country have been awarded paint since the program’s inception in 2009, covering over 14 million square feet of learning space. 



The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and Allergy Standards Limited (ASL) has announced that EasyCare Ultra Premium Acrylic Latex* paint by True Value has earned the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Mark. The asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program, an independent program established in the United States by AAFA with their partner ASL, helps consumers identify products more suitable for people with asthma and allergies. The program performs physical and chemical testing on products to ensure they minimize irritants and pollutants in the air and reduce potential exposure to allergens. Strong fumes and odors from paint can irritate the eyes, skin and airways. This is largely due to potentially harmful chemicals, or volatile organic compounds (VOCs), commonly found in many paints. VOCs are chemicals released into the air as paint dries. VOCs can irritate sensitive airways, causing asthma symptoms. The asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Mark is awarded only to products that are scientifically proven to reduce potential exposure to asthma and allergy triggers. To learn more, click here.

*flat, egg shell and satin varieties


Applications for school paint grants will open in January 2019. True Value retailers select deserving public, private and parochial schools, grades K-12 that have a need for paint and submit applications on their behalf. Schools do not submit an application.

  • Grants are for 30 gallons of EasyCare Ultra-premium interior and/or exterior paint, in any color from the Inspiration Realized Color Center. Please visit your local True Value retailer to view available colors.
  • If your school is selected to receive a paint grant, you will be notified via email in March 2018.
  • Paint will be delivered by your local retailer April through May, with painting to occur over the summer.
  • Schools must submit a required delivery verification form by August 31.
  • Schools must submit photos and testimonials of their painting project via this online form by August 31.


Jan. 2 - March 1, 2019

Applications open. Total of 250 grants available, first come first served to eligible schools.

March 2019

Applications verified. Paint grants awarded. Schools and True Value retailers will be notified via email.

April – May 2019

Retailers deliver paint to schools.

Aug. 31, 2019

Deadline for schools to submit required online delivery verification form AND photos/testimonials of their painting project. Both of these forms are below.



School photo submission form

Delivery verification form



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