GHBA Charitable Foundation Awarded the Stanley Black & Decker Makers Grant

Terry SwensonFeatured, GHBA Charitable Foundation, Workforce Development

The Global Impact Challenge will reskill more than 200,000 makers and trade professionals in 2023

Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK) announced the recipients of its second Global Impact Challenge.  The Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA) is honored to announce that the Stanley Black & Decker Makers Grant has awarded their Greater Houston Builders Association Charitable Foundation a Makers Grant for efforts to advance the education, training and career progression of young people and people of underrepresented groups, as skilled technical workers and as business owners in the residential construction industry.

The Global Impact Challenge grant program, initiated in 2021, will award up to $25 million in grant funding over five years to nonprofits that are supporting trade workforce development initiatives in the construction and manufacturing sectors. With the first applications submitted in 2022, 182 entrants were evaluated based on number of people served, outcomes projected, sustainable impact, depth of programs, and diversity, among many other considerations. The Greater Houston Builders Association Charitable Foundation was selected as one of 91 entities that will help skill and reskill roughly 210,448 makers throughout 2023.

The national leader for skilled trades training in the residential building industry, HBI (Home Builders Institute), is partnering with the GHBA in these efforts. The Makers Grant will support a partnership between GHBA and HBI to help bring HBI’s Schools to Skills program to schools in the Houston metropolitan area.


“We are thrilled to have Stanley Black and Decker’s generous contribution to help bring the power of careers in construction to students in the Houston region,” said Aimee Bertrand, GHBA CEO.  “This funding will help the School to Skills program identify and train a new generation of skilled workers that will help ensure a bright future for them and for the housing industry.”  

The Schools to Skills program provides HBI’s industry-recognized curriculum, free to schools and students. Since launching in fall 2019, Schools to Skills grants have funded more than $1.7 million in trade programs across 33 states in 159 schools, including 40 schools new to the program for 2022.

The shortage of skilled labor in the construction trades poses a significant threat to the nation’s housing industry. We need to expose young people to the opportunities and dignity provided by a career in the trades.  We are proud to partner with the GHBA to bring our Schools to Skills program to schools and students in the Houston-metropolitan area.”  

Ed Brady, HBI President and CEO

“Stanley Black & Decker is immensely proud to support the GHBA and HBI’s Schools-to- Skills program as they work to skill and reskill the next generation of trade professionals,” said Stanley Black & Decker corporate responsibility officer, Deb Geyer. “Currently in the U.S., there are an estimated 650,000 open construction jobs and 10 million unfilled manufacturing jobs globally. 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. Thanks to this year’s Makers Grant Recipients, together we will be one step closer to closing the trade skills gap.”

To learn more about Stanley Black & Decker’s Global Impact Challenge, the 2022 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 manufacturing facilities worldwide. Guided by its purpose – for those who make the world – the company’s more than 50,000 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: 

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Terry Swenson


A writer and a photographer, Terry Swenson is GHBA's director of public relations.