The Dollar General Literacy Foundation issues grants for many literacy-related purposes.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has opened the application period for grants involving programs aimed at enhancing adult, family, and summer literacy programs.

CLICK HERE to find eligibility information or begin the application process.

“For more than 26 years, the foundation has invested in efforts to increase access to educational programming and that enhance literacy and basic education instruction in the communities we call home,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief executive officer and Dollar General Literacy Foundation board member.

“Since its founding in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has provided more than $172 million to organizations, supporting more than 11 million individuals in their literacy journeys. We look forward to continuing our strong support of literacy programs in 2020.”

Schools, libraries and nonprofit organizations within a 15-mile radius of a Dollar General store, distribution center or the corporate office are eligible to apply.

February 20 is the deadline to apply for an adult, family or summer reading grant. Grant recipients will be announced on May 14.

The foundation will begin accepting applications for its youth literacy grant program on February 27.

The foundation considers the following types of programs for grants.

Adult Literacy Grants

-- Funding is provided to organizations that provide direct services to adults in need of literacy assistance in one of the following areas:

-- Adult basic education

-- GED or high school equivalency preparation

-- English language acquisition

Family Literacy Grants:

-- Nonprofit organizations that support the whole family in literacy are encouraged to apply if they provide the following support:

-- Adult education instruction

-- Children’s education

-- Parent and Child Together Time (PACT)

Summer Reading Grants:

-- Summer reading grants support the creation or expansion of summer reading programs. Local nonprofit organizations, schools and libraries are eligible to apply if their programs meet the following criteria:

-- Target Pre-K – 12th grade students

-- Target below grade level readers

-- Assist readers with learning disabilities

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