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Dollar General Literacy Foundation

Contact information:
100 Mission Ridge
Goodlettsville, TN 37072
Phone: 615-855-5208


Type of foundation: Company-sponsored

Types of grants: Project, equipment

Description: The Dollar General Literacy Foundation supports literacy programs for children, youth, adults and families in 40 states nationwide. The Foundation works to:

  • Increase access to programs that are designed to help adults and youth who are struggling with basic literacy and education.
  • Ensure individuals are able to read English at proficient levels to advance toward and obtain their high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Help create models of success/best practices that can be replicated in order to help increase the high school graduation rate and GED attainment rate in the United States.

To that end, it makes grants in the areas of:

  • Adult literacy: Grants support adult basic education, GED preparation and English language acquisition.
  • Family literacy: Grants support adult education instruction, children's education, Parent and Children Together Time, and parenting classes.
  • Youth Literacy: Grants support implementation of new or expansion of existing literacy programs; purchase of new technology or equipment to support literacy initiatives; purchase of books, materials or software for literacy programs.
  • Summer Reading Programs: Grants go to local nonprofits and libraries to support summer reading programs for pre-K through 12th grade students.
  • Beyond Words: Grants go to school libraries recovering from major disasters.

Sample grants:

  • $216,480 to Boys and Girls Clubs of America (Atlanta, GA) (2012).
  • $150,000 to National Coalition for Literacy (Washington, DC) (2012).
  • $80,000 to Nashville Adult Literacy Council (Nashville, TN) (2012).
  • $75,000 to Council for Advancement of Adult Literacy (New York, NY) (2012).
  • $55,000 to Western Kentucky University (Bowling Green, KY) (2012).
  • $29,000 to Minnesota Literacy Council (St. Paul, MN) (2012).
  • $20,000 to Visions of Hope (Lake Charles, LA) (2012).
  • $20,000 to Tulsa Hope Academy (Tulsa, OK) (2012).
  • $20,000 to GROWS Literacy Council (Apopka, FL) (2012).
  • $20,000 to the Ohio Literacy Council (Columbus, OH) (2012).
  • $20,000 to the Literacy Council (Birmingham, AL) (2012).
  • $17,000 to Wayne County Joint Vocational School District (Smithville, OH) (2012).
  • $16,800 to the Consortium for Children’s Services (Syracuse, NY) (2012).
  • $15,000 to Zachary Scott Theatre Center (Austin, TX) (2012).
  • $15,000 to National Dropout Prevention Network (Clemson, SC) (2012).
  • $15,000 to Nashville Public Library Foundation (Nashville, TN) (2012).
  • $12,000 to Moab Valley Multicultural Center (Moab, UT) (2012).
  • $12,000 to Southern Sudanese Youth Connection (Gallatin, TN) (2012).
  • $10,000 to Nashville Public Television (2012).
  • $10,000 to Volunteers of America, Dakotas (Sioux Falls, SD) (2012).
  • $10,000 to Pro-Literacy Detroit (Detroit, MI) (2012).
  • $10,000 to Seeds of Literacy (Cleveland, OH) (2012).
  • $10,000 to Wisconsin Literacy, Inc. (Madison, WI) (2012).
  • $3,500 to Timbuktu Academy of Science and Technology (Detroit, MI) (2012).
  • $3,000 to Young Audiences of Louisiana (New Orleans, LA) (2012).
  • $3,000 to Youngstown State University Foundation (Youngstown, OH) (2012).
  • $2,000 to Think Through Art (Columbus, NM) (2012).

Many grants, mostly below $5,000, went to individual schools and libraries. Numerous grants also went to Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Boys and Girls Clubs.

Fit for public broadcasting: The Foundation’s heavy focus on literacy and reading converges with one of public broadcasting’s core strengths. The Foundation may be a prospect for literacy, adult education, GED or reading programs run by stations on their own or in partnership with others. The Foundation also has some evidence of interest in dropout prevention (and certainly literacy and dropout prevention intersect). The Foundation makes grants to many small and large programs in communities nationwide (libraries, youth clubs, schools, literacy councils, workforce training programs, etc.) and may be a candidate for projects where a station partners with other community organizations.

Eligibility: Grants are made in 40 states. Applications will only be accepted from eligible 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations and/or educational institutions (K-12 private and public schools, and colleges and universities) and/or public libraries. All applicants must be located in and provide direct services in a state in which Dollar General operates, and must be located within twenty miles of a Dollar General store. No grants to individuals, or for endowments, capital campaigns, film or video projects, the purchase of vehicles, advertising, construction or building costs, general fundraising events, or political causes or campaigns.

Deadline: Deadlines vary by program.

  • Adult Literacy Program: February 27, 2014.
  • Family Literacy Program: February 27, 2014.
  • Summer Reading Grants: February 27, 2014.
  • Youth Literacy Grants: May 22, 2014.

How to apply: Interested applicants should take the online eligibility quiz, which leads to the online application.

Giving range:

  • Adult Literacy grants: Maximum is $15,000.
  • Family Literacy grants: Maximum is $15,000.
  • Youth literacy grants: Maximum is $4,000.
  • Summer Reading grants: Maximum is $3,000.

Assets: $12,649,349 (2012).

Total giving: $12,575,824 (2012).

This Grant Center profile is a synopsis of the foundation and its giving, based on currently available information. It is not intended to be a comprehensive source. Be sure to consult the foundation website for additional information.


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