Grants 101: Dollar General Literacy Foundation Grant Opportunity

February 12, 2019 – AWE Learning Staff

Are you looking for grant opportunities for your library? Are you seeking funding from foundations catered to libraries and literacy that are currently taking funding requests?

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is currently accepting grant applications for 2019 Summer, Family, and Adult Literacy programs. You can access these applications online at To date, the Foundation has awarded more than $159 million in grants to literacy foundations that have impacted more than 10 million individuals and support them in learning to read, prepare for high school equivalency, or learn English.

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 young literacy programs. Below are specific details for each grant category:

  • Adult Literacy: The maximum grant amount for the Adult Literacy grant is $15,000. Dollar General will only award up to 50% of the proposed project budget. The application deadline is February 21, 2019 at 10pm CST.
  • Family Literacy: The maximum grant amount for the adult literacy grant is $15,000. Like the Adult Literacy grant, Dollar General will only award up to 50% of the proposed project budget. The application deadline is May 9, 2019 at 10pm CST.
  • Summer Reading: The maximum grant amount for the Summer Reading grant is $3,000. The deadline to apply is February 21, 2019 at 10pm CST.
  • Youth Literacy: Open to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations who help students who are below grade level or having trouble reading. Application opens on February 28, 2019 and is due by May 16, 2019.

There are several requirements in order to be eligible to apply for a Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant:

  • You must have a non-profit 501c3 status with the Internal Revenue Service.
  • You must be registered with the National Literacy Directory. You can register here: . Once you are registered, anyone looking for education programs in your community will be able to type in your area and find your library in the results. Once you have registered your library and a program to the Directory, an ID number will be generated; this ID number will need to be included in your Dollar General Literacy Foundation application.

Interested in applying to the Dollar General Literacy Foundation? As the Grant Writer, I am here to assist in helping you complete your grant application. Contact me, Jason Stives, to get started today.

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