Dollar General Literacy Foundation Grant Applications Now Open

January 03, 2019

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is now accepting grant applications for 2019 summer, family and adult literacy programs online at

Each year, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards funds to nonprofit organizations, schools and libraries within a 20-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center to support adult, family, summer and youth literacy programs.  The need for literacy assistance isn't confined to a single age group or geographic location. That's why the Dollar General Literacy Foundation's grant programs help improve the lives of people of all ages in many different communities.  

Adult Literacy Grants
Adult Literacy Grants award funding to nonprofits 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
CLICK HERE to apply for a 2019 Adult Literacy grant.
Deadline to apply: February 21, 2019 (by 10 pm CST)
Grant announcement: May 9, 2019
Maximum grant amount: $15,000
Family Literacy Grants
Family Literacy Grants provide funding to Nonprofit organizations who support the whole family in literacy and are seeking funding are encouraged to apply if they provide the following:
  • Adult Education Instruction
  • Children’s Education
  • Parent and Child Together Time (PACT)
CLICK HERE to apply for a 2019 Family Literacy grant.
Deadline to apply: February 21, 2019 (by 10 pm CST)
Grant announcement: May 9, 2019
Maximum grant amount: $15,000
Summer Reading
Summer Reading Grants support the creation or expansion of summer reading programs. Local nonprofit organizations and libraries are encouraged to apply if their programs meet the following criteria:
  • Target Pre-K – 12th grade students who are new readers
  • Target below grade level readers
  • Assist readers with learning disabilities
CLICK HERE to apply for a 2019 Summer Reading grant. Schools are now eligible.
Deadline to apply: February 21, 2019 (by 10 pm CST)
Grant announcement: May 9, 2019
Maximum grant amount: $3,000

Youth Literacy Grants
Schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations who help students who are below grade level or having trouble reading are eligible to apply. 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

Applications for 2019 grant proposals will be available February 28, 2019 and will be due by May 16, 2019.

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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