Dollar General Literacy Foundation: Grants for K-12 Education

OVERVIEW: Dollar General Literacy Foundation supports literacy programs for struggling readers in the 43 states where Dollar General stores are located.  

IP TAKE: Dollar General Literacy Foundation supports literacy through schools, libraries and nonprofit organizations that work with struggling readers. It also supports school libraries that have experienced loss as a result of natural disasters. This funder maintains and open application process in the 43 states where Dollar General Stores are located.

PROFILE: The Dollar General Corporation founded its Literacy Foundation in 1993 in honor of its cofounder, J. L. Turner, who dropped out of school in the third grade and never attained functional literacy. Based in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation supports programs for children and adults who struggle to attain functional literacy. It also invests in the development of teaching methodologies that improve literacy outcomes and increase high school completion rates. Its runs grant programs for adult, youth and family literacy, summer reading, and school library relief

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation supports K-12 education through its youth, family, summer reading and school library relief programs. Youth literacy grants support public and private schools, libraries and nonprofits that help students who are reading below grade level through implementation or expansion of reading programs, and family literacy grants are aimed mainly at nonprofits that provide literacy support to children or PACT (parent and child together) programs. The foundation’s summer reading program targets libraries and nonprofits that run programs for struggling or disabled K-12 readers. Separately, its library relief program, Beyond Words, provides grants to school libraries that are repairing and replenishing books, technology and supplies after natural disasters. This initiative has supported more than one hundred school libraries in Louisiana, Texas and other areas that have experienced devastating hurricanes and flooding.

Dollar General funds hundreds of grantees each year, favoring individual schools and small community-level nonprofit organizations in the 43 states where Dollar General stores are located. It’s maxim grant amounts are $4,000 for youth literacy, $15,000 for family literacy, $3,000 for summer reading and $50,000 for library relief. The foundation runs an open application process that begins with an on-line eligibility quiz. Applications and due dates are specific to each initiative.  


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