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. Over 1,600 schools across the country have been awarded paint since the program’s inception in 2009, covering nearly 17 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.

*Ultra Premium interior paint in flat, eggshell and satin sheens, and all colorants


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.

  • Winning schools have been notified via email for the 2019 program.
  • 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. The grant also includes up to  $50 of True Value paint accessories.
  • 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 November 1.


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 – August 2019

Schools visit retailers to select paint colors and make arrangements for delivery/pickup of paint.

Aug. 31, 2019

Deadline for schools to submit required online delivery verification form. See link below.

 Nov. 1, 2019  Deadline for schools to submit photos/testimonials of their paint projects.



School photo submission form

Delivery verification form



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