Dollar General Literacy Foundation Now Accepting Grant Applications

January 03, 2020

Schools, libraries and nonprofit literacy organizations can now apply for funding to support adult, family and summer literacy programs

Today, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation opened grant applications for programs aimed at enhancing adult, family, and summer literacy programs in the communities that Dollar General stores serve. Interested applicants may find eligibility information or begin the application process by visiting
“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.  The deadline to apply for an adult, family or summer reading grant is February 20, 2020, and grant recipients will be announced on May 14, 2020.  The Foundation will begin accepting applications for its youth literacy grant program on February 27, 2020
For more information on programs that are considered for funding, please see below.
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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About the Dollar General Literacy Foundation
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded more than $172 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 11 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English proficiency. Each year, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation provides financial support to schools, nonprofit organizations and libraries within a 15-mile radius of Dollar General stores, distribution centers or corporate office. To learn more about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation or apply for a literacy grant, visit

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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