Grant Alert: Literacy and Summer Reading Programs for Youth and Families

February 2, 2012

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation works to improve the functional literacy of adults, families, and youth by providing grants to nonprofit organizations dedicated to the advancement of literacy in the company's thirty-five-state market area.

The foundation is accepting applications for the following grant programs:

The Adult Literacy Grants program awards funding to nonprofit organizations that provide direct service to adults in need of literacy assistance. Applicant organizations must provide help in at least one of the following instructional areas: adult basic education; General Education Diploma preparation; or English language acquisition.

The Family Literacy Grants program provides funding to family literacy service providers. The foundation uses the federal government's definition of family literacy when reviewing grant applications. Applicant organizations must offer the following: adult education instruction; children's education; parent and child together time (PACT); and parenting classes. For both programs, applications will only be accepted from eligible 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations and/or educational institutions (K-12 private and public schools, colleges and universities) and/or public libraries. Applicants must be listed in the National Literacy Directory.The maximum grant amount for each program is $15,000.

The Summer Reading Grants program provides funding to local nonprofit organizations and libraries working to implement or expand summer reading programs. Programs must provide direct literacy-based services for pre-K through 12th-grade students who are new readers, below grade-level readers, or readers with learning disabilities. Applications will only be accepted from eligible 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations and/or public libraries. The maximum grant amount is $3,000.

Application deadline is February 28, 2012.

All applicants must be located in and provide direct services in a state in which Dollar General operates and be located within twenty miles of a Dollar General store. Visit the Dollar General Literacy Foundation site below for specific grant program guidelines and the application forms.



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