Dollar General Literacy Foundation Grant Application Now Open

January 05, 2016
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is now accepting grant proposals for adult, family, summer reading and youth literacy programs.  Applications are available online at

Eligible organizations must be a qualified 501(c)(3) organization with a valid IRS tax ID or be a public library or school and must be located within a 20-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center.


Adult Literacy Grants

Adult Literacy Grants award funding to nonprofit organizations that provide direct service to adults in need of literacy assistance. Organizations must provide help in one of the following instructional areas:

  • Adult Basic Education
  • GED or high school equivalency preparation
  • English Language Acquisition
  • Deadline to apply: February 25, 2016 (11:00 p.m. CST)
  • Grant Announcement: May 12, 2016
  • Maximum Grant Amount: $15,000

Family Literacy Grants

Family Literacy Grants provide funding to family literacy service providers. Organizations applying for funding must have the following three components:

  • Adult Education Instruction
  • Children's Education
  • Parent and Child Together Time (PACT)
  • Deadline to apply: February 25, 2016 (11:00 p.m. CST)
  • Grant Announcement: May 12, 2016
  • Maximum Grant Amount: $15,000

Summer Reading Grants

Summer Reading Grants provide funding to local nonprofit organizations and libraries to help with the implementation or expansion of summer reading programs. Programs must target Pre-K through 12th grade students who are below grade level readers or readers with learning disabilities.

  • Deadline to apply: February 25, 2016 (11:00 p.m. CST)
  • Grant Announcement: May 12, 2016
  • Maximum Grant Amount: $3,000

Youth Literacy Grants

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
  • Deadline to apply: May 19, 2016 (11:00 p.m. CST)
  • Grant Announcement: September 1, 2016
  • Maximum Grant Amount: $4,000


About Dollar General Corporation 

Dollar General Corporation (NYSE: DG) is proud to serve as America’s neighborhood general store. Founded in 1939, Dollar General lives its mission of Serving Others every day by providing access to affordable products and services for its customers, career opportunities for its employees, and literacy and education support for its hometown communities. As of August 4, 2023, the company’s 19,488 Dollar General, DG Market, DGX and pOpshelf stores across the United States and Mi Súper Dollar General stores in Mexico provide everyday essentials including food, health and wellness products, cleaning and laundry supplies, self-care and beauty items, and seasonal décor from our high-quality private brands alongside many of the world’s most trusted brands such as Coca Cola, PepsiCo/Frito-Lay, General Mills, Hershey, J.M. Smucker, Kraft, Mars, Nestlé, Procter & Gamble and Unilever.  Learn more at

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