Grant program

The Dollar General Foundation has announced grants for youth literacy programs.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has announced the award of more than $2.8 million in youth literacy grants that work to help students and educators reach their literacy goals throughout the academic year.

The youth literacy grants will provide financial funding to teachers, libraries and literacy organizations throughout the 44 states Dollar General serves.

Among the grants made in Arkansas was funding to the following organizations:

-- Literacy Coalition of South Central Arkansas, El Dorado.

-- Park IB Magnet School, Hot Springs.

-- Precious Hearts Student Center, Pine Bluff.

“Each fall, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation proudly provides financial support to schools, libraries and nonprofit literacy organizations that help students and teachers as they head back to the classroom,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief executive officer and Dollar General Literacy Foundation board member.

“Whether it is providing books and technology or enhancing reading programs, today’s grants will help students reach their full potential through targeted literacy initiatives that impact the communities Dollar General serves.”

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards grants each year to organizations located within a 20-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center to further adult, summer, family and youth literacy and education initiatives in the communities that Dollar General calls home. Applications for the 2020 Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant cycle will be available on January 2, 2020.

To date, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $172 million in grants to schools, libraries and literacy organizations as part of its commitment to improve literacy skills for individuals of all ages.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation was created in 1993 to honor Dollar General’s co-founder, J.L. Turner, who was functionally illiterate and never completed a formal education.

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