The Dollar General Literacy Foundation was established in 1993 in honor of Dollar General's co-founder, J.L. Turner, who was functionally illiterate and had only a third-grade education. A farmer's son who dropped out of school when his father was killed in an accident, Turner went on, through determination and hard work, to start what has become one of America’s most successful company.
In keeping with that spirit, the foundation welcomes applications for its Youth Literacy Grants program. Through the 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.
The program supports the implementation or expansion of new or existing literacy programs; the purchase of new technology or equipment to support literacy initiatives; and/or the purchase of books, materials, or software for literacy programs.
See the Dollar General Literacy Foundation website for complete program guidelines, a list of 2020 grant recipients, and application instructions.