The Dollar General Literacy Foundation was established in 1993 in honor of Dollar General's co-founder, J.L. Turner, a farmer's son who dropped out of school when his father was killed in an accident and was functionally illiterate. With determination and hard work, he began what is now a successful company.
The foundation is accepting applications for its Youth Literacy Grants program. Grants of up to $4,000 will be awarded to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations in support of efforts to help students who are reading below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading, including those with individualized education plans (IEPs).
The program supports the implementation of new or the expansion of existing literacy programs; purchase of new technology or equipment to support literacy initiatives; and/or the purchase of books, materials, or software.
See the Dollar General Literacy Foundation website for complete program guidelines, a list of past grant recipients, and application instructions.