Tool Lending Program

The heart of the ToolBank is the tool lending program. Charitable organizations have year-round access to the ToolBank’s inventory of tools and equipment for a nominal fee. ToolBank tools are only available to organizations, such as:

  • Nonprofit/Charitable/Tax exempt organizations
  • Schools and PTAs/PTOs
  • Neighborhood associations
  • Faith-based groups
  • Civic organizations
  • Government agencies

Borrowing ToolBank tools is inexpensive, convenient and fully functional – maximizing our member agencies ability to improve community engagement and to achieve greater impact for those they serve.

 How It Works

  1. Become a ToolBank Member Agency: First time borrowers must complete our brief online membership application before they can borrow tools. There is no membership fee. This process captures documentation of their charitable status and creates a user account for the agency contact in our online tool ordering system.
  2. Submit a Tool Order: Agency logs in to their ToolBank account and submits a tool order online.
  3. Pick Up Tools: Agency picks up their tool order at the ToolBank at their scheduled pickup time. ToolBank staff and volunteers have already prepared the order in advance.
  4. Return Tools: After the completion of the project, the agency returns borrowed tools at the scheduled return time. ToolBank staff and volunteers check tools back into inventory.

Fee Structure

Agencies  pay a tool handling fee to borrow ToolBank tools and equipment.

Tool Handling Fee = 3% of the retail value of each tool borrowed x # of weeks borrowed

To learn more about our fees and other policies specific to our tool lending program, check out our Tools & Fees page.