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Dollar General Literacy Foundation: Beyond Words Catastrophic Grants

Deadline: March 31, 2019

Dollar General, in collaboration with the American Library Association (ALA), the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), and the National Education Association (NEA), is sponsoring a school library disaster relief fund for public school libraries in the states served by Dollar General. The fund will provide grants to public schools whose school library program has been affected by a disaster. Grants are to replace or supplement books, media, and/or library equipment in the school library setting.

To apply for a catastrophic grant, applicants must first apply for the general Beyond Words grant and indicate that they would like to be considered for the catastrophic grant. There is no required additional grant submission once an applicant has qualified for consideration – the initial application is simply placed into the catastrophic review process. Catastrophic grant applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and awarded annually to those school library programs who qualify during the preceding year.

Amount: Two catastrophic grants of $50,000 each will be awarded annually.

Eligibility: The applicant must:

  • Be a public school library – PreK-12
  • Be located within 20 miles of a Dollar General store, distribution center, or corporate office

The applicant must also satisfy one of the following:

  • Within the past 36 months must have lost its building or incurred substantial damage or hardship due to a natural disaster (tornado, earthquake, hurricane, flood, avalanche, mudslide), fire, or an act recognized by the federal government as terrorism
  • Has absorbed a significant number (more than 10% enrollment) of displaced/evacuee students

Link: https://www.dgliteracy.org/grant-programs/#beyond-words

Note: There is no deadline to apply for general Beyond Words grants; these applications are reviewed monthly.

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