Stanley Black & Decker Announces First Recipients of $25 Million Empower Makers Global Impact Challenge
March 28, 2022
  • $3 million in grants and nearly $1 million in tools are being provided to organizations supporting workforce development initiatives
  • Recipients represent the first cohort in 5-year commitment toward skilling 3 million makers
  • Grants to empower roughly 180,000 individuals in 2022 through vocational skills training

NEW BRITAIN, Conn., March 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK) announced today the recipients of its inaugural Empower Makers Global Impact Challenge grant program. The program, launched in 2021, awards up to $25 million in grant funding over five years to non-profits that are supporting trade workforce development initiatives with the goal of skilling and reskilling up to 3 million makers.

With an estimated 650,000 open construction jobs in 20221 and 10 million unfilled manufacturing jobs globally2, Stanley Black & Decker has made vocational skills training a priority through its corporate social responsibility (CSR) mission. A major component of the company's CSR strategy includes a goal to empower 10 million makers by the year 2030.

Fifty-nine organizations have been selected to receive $3 million to enable vital trade skills training and reskilling programs in the construction and manufacturing sectors. The inaugural recipients include career development schools, community colleges, construction nonprofits and trade schools from around the globe committed to positively impacting trade professions. In addition, the company will be providing nearly $1 million in tool donations to another 27 organizations to outfit makerspaces and training facilities. 

"Congratulations to this year's Impact Challenge winners, who are each making a significant impact in helping to address the skills trade gap," said Stanley Black & Decker's Vice President of Social Impact, Diane Cantello. "Our purpose is to support 'Those Who Make the World,' and being able to fund educational programs and non-profits that are revitalizing trade careers directly connects to our core mission. By helping provide a pathway for trade professionals, we are also setting our sights on constructing a better future that can uplift the hardworking tradespeople who build our world to meet the ever-changing needs of society."

Introducing the Inaugural Empower Makers Global Impact Challenge Grant Recipients

*Denotes Tool Grant Recipients.

11th and 12th Grade Programs / Community Colleges

Ace Mentor Program of America Inc.

 Goodwin University

 Ace Mentor Program of America Inc. – Illinois

 House of Heroes Inc.*

 Capital Community College Foundation

 Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network Inc.

 Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. 

 Manufacturing Renaissance

 Construction for Change

 Midland College Foundation Inc.*

 Construction Foundation of BC (2012) Society*

 Sheet Metal Workers

 Cornerstones of Care

 Somers High School*

 Edmonds Community College Foundation

 The College of the Canyons Foundation*

 Father Flanagan's Boys Home*

 The Philadelphia Academies Inc.

 Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan

 Tidioute Community Charter School*

 Girl Scouts of The Green And White Mountains*

 Virginia Foundation for Community College Education

Construction Nonprofits

 Appalachia Service Project Inc

 International Training Institute for the Sheet Metal & AC Industry*

  Building Bridges Across the River*

 Knox Inc.

 Building Heroes Education Foundation

 Knoxville Area Urban League

 Center For Military Recruitment Assessment And Veterans Employment

 National Center for Construction Education Research

 Construyendo a México Crecemos IAP

 Revolution Workshop

 District of Columbia Students Construction Trades Foundation Inc*

 St. Louis University

 Girls Garage

 Safe Alternative Foundation for Education Inc.

 Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont Inc

 Taller San Jose Hope Builders

 Greater Springfield Habitat for Humanity

 The Coalition for Home Repair


 Trade School At SBE Inc*


 Chicago Tool Library Co.*

 Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Badgerland*

 Entrepreneurship Development Center

 Make Delmarva Foundation Inc.*

 Eureka Springs School of the Arts Inc.

 Makehaven Inc.

 Fab Lab Tulsa Inc.

 Maker Nexus

 Freeside Technology Spaces

 Sustainable Muncie Corp*

 Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma Inc.*

 The Makers Hub*

 Girl Scouts of Ohio's Heartland Council*

 University of Texas Foundation*

 Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois*

 Vector Space

Vocational & Trade Schools

 Atlantic Impact

 Manufacturing Institute 

 Duval County Public Schools*

 Hope Renovations

Evergreen Goodwill of Northwest Washington

 Orangeburg School District 5 Foundation

Goodwill Industries Inc

 Polaris Career Center*

 Goodwill Industries of Arkansas Inc.

 Region 14 Building Trades Program

 Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit

 Rochester Community & Technical College Foundation*

 Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee Inc.*

 Rockland Boces Family Resource Center Foundation Inc.

 Goodwill Industries of The Chesapeake Inc.

 Social Good Fund

 Goodwill of Western Missouri and Eastern Kansas

 The Economic Development Group Inc.


 Tidewater Community College Educational Foundation Inc.

 International Training Fund*

 Workshops for Warriors Inc.

 Isles Inc.

 Worldskills International

 Jobtrain, Inc.

 Young Women's Christian Association of Metropolitan Chicago

 Kids Making It Inc.*


 Kids to Love Foundation


 Leap Inc.


More than 240 total applications were evaluated based on number of people served, outcomes projected, sustainable impact, depth of programs and diversity, among many other considerations.

This year's recipients are anticipated to empower roughly 180,000 Makers through unique programming. Examples include:

  • Workshops For Warriors Veteran program will teach skilled training for entry level welders or machinists
  • YWCA of Metro Chicago will lead a 12-week training course in carpentry
  • Region 14 Building Trades Program will teach pre-apprenticeship construction training programs
  • Cornerstones of Care – Build Trybe will provide mentorship to under-resourced foster youth through vocational training

"Our Makers Grant recipients are inspiring – each application demonstrated a deep commitment from the organization to their communities," said Cantello. "Being able to support these organizations as they implement new programs aimed at filling the trade skills gap will help support regional job creation, sustainable careers in the trades, and the advancement of these critical professions where there is a shortage of skilled workers."

Meet the Inaugural Empower Makers Grant Recipients

Stanley Black & Decker will continue to showcase and share the important work of the Makers Grant recipients online at as well as on Stanley Black & Decker's social media channels with #ImpactChallenge.

Year 2 Applications for the Empower Makers Global Impact Challenge Open This Fall

The Empower Makers Global Impact Challenge will reopen for applications beginning October 1, 2022 through October 31, 2022. Recipients will be announced in early 2023. To learn more about Stanley Black & Decker's Global Impact Challenge, this year's recipients and how non-profits may submit for the upcoming application period, please visit

About Stanley Black & Decker

Headquartered in the USA, Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK) is the world's largest tool company operating nearly 50 manufacturing facilities across America and more than 100 worldwide. Guided by its purpose – for those who make the world – the company's more than 60,000 diverse and high-performing employees produce innovative, award-winning power tools, hand tools, storage, digital tool solutions, lifestyle products, outdoor products, engineered fasteners and other industrial equipment to support the world's makers, creators, tradespeople and builders. The company's iconic brands include DEWALT®, BLACK+DECKER®, CRAFTSMAN®, STANLEY®, CUB CADET®, HUSTLER® and TROY-BILT®. Recognized for its leadership in environmental, social and governance (ESG), Stanley Black & Decker strives to be a force for good in support of its communities, employees, customers and other stakeholders. To learn more visit:



"Construction Industry Faces Workforce Shortage of 650,000 in 2022," Associated Builders and Contractors.


"The Future of Manufacturing: Opportunities to drive economic growth," World Economic Forum.



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