The Dollar General Literacy Foundation Gives $4.6 Million to Support Literacy

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (BUSINESS WIRE), May 12, 2011 - Strengthening its commitment to literacy in the communities it calls home, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation today awarded more than $4.6 million in grants to 481 nonprofit organizations, libraries and schools.

“Dollar General believes literacy is the foundation upon which all other success is built,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO. “Our hope is that these gifts reinforce the importance of literacy and education in our communities for youth, adults and families.”

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded 222 grants to organizations that provide services for adults such as literacy programs, general education diploma preparation and English language acquisition. Fifty-three grants were awarded to organizations that provide educational opportunities for parents and children to learn together. And, 206 grants were awarded to libraries and nonprofit organizations to support summer reading programs for children. For more information on the Dollar General Literacy Foundation or for a complete list of grant recipients, visit

The grants being awarded today will help nonprofit organizations, libraries and schools provide services to more than 230,000 individuals of all ages.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is currently accepting applications for youth literacy and back-to-school grants. To complete an application, please visit Proposals must be submitted online by May 18, 2011.

About Dollar General

Dollar General is a leading discount retailer with more than 9,300 neighborhood stores in 35 states. Dollar General stores provide convenience and value to customers by offering consumable basic items such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids and cleaning supplies, as well as basic apparel, house wares and seasonal items at everyday low prices. The company has a longstanding tradition of supporting literacy and education. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $58.6 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 3.2 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English proficiency. To learn more about Dollar General, visit