Dollar General Literacy Foundation: Youth Literacy Grants
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation was established in 1993 in honor of Dollar General’s co-founder, J.L. Turner, who was functionally illiterate with only a third grade education. He was a farmer’s son who dropped out of school when his father was killed in an accident. With determination and hard work, he began what has now become a successful company. The Foundation operates a number of grant programs, one of which is the Youth Literacy Grant Program.
Youth Literacy Grants provide funding to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations to help students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading. Grant funding is provided to assist in the following areas:
- Implementing new or expanding existing literacy programs
- Purchasing new technology or equipment to support literacy initiatives
- Purchasing books, materials or software for literacy programs
Amount: Up to $4,000.
Eligibility: 501(c)(3) organizations with a valid IRS tax ID; K-12 private or public schools; colleges/universities; public libraries. Organizations must provide direct service and reside within 20 miles from a Dollar General store.
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