Unlocking potential in our communities.
Our grant management system has changed. Please follow the steps under each grant type and check out the FAQ page.
Adult Literacy Grants

Creating access and opportunity for adults to learn.

We award funding to organizations that provide direct services to adults in need of literacy assistance in one of the following areas:

  • Adult Education Instruction
  • GED or high school equivalency preparation
  • English Language Acquisition


Click here to download the 2024 Adult Literacy grant recipients.

The next cycle for Adult Literacy grant applications will open in January 2025.

Beyond Words

Rebuilding school libraries affected by disasters.

Beyond Words is a disaster relief fund for public school libraries in Dollar General store communities. Grants are awarded to public school libraries that have incurred substantial damage or hardship due to a natural disaster, fire or an act recognized by the federal government as terrorism.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • A public school with a pre-existing school library
  • Within 36 months of the date of the disaster
  • 15 miles from a Dollar General store or Distribution Center
  • Significant damage to books, media and/or library equipment


We have moved to a new grant management system for the 2024 grant application cycle. Please click here to create an account and submit your application. Please make time to review and acclimate to the new system and process while keeping deadlines in mind.

Family Literacy Grants

Learning for the whole family.

Nonprofit organizations who support the whole family in literacy and are seeking funding are encouraged to apply if they provide all of the following:

  • Adult Education Instruction
  • Children’s Education
  • Parent and Child Together Time (PACT)


Click here to download the 2024 Family Literacy grant recipients.

The next cycle for Family Literacy grant applications will open in January 2025.

Summer Reading

Keeping students engaged in reading throughout the summer.

These grants support the creation or expansion of summer reading programs. Local nonprofit organizations, schools and libraries are eligible to apply if their programs meet the following criteria:

  • Target Pre-K through 12th-grade students who are new readers
  • Target below grade level readers
  • Assist readers with learning disabilities


Click here to download the 2024 Summer Reading grant recipients.

The next cycle for Summer Reading grant applications will open in January 2025.

Youth Literacy Grants

Supporting students on their K-12 educational journey.

Schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations who help K-12 students that are below grade level or having trouble reading are eligible to apply. Grant funding is provided to assist in the following areas:

  • Implementing new or expanding existing literacy programs
  • Purchasing new technology or equipment to support literacy initiatives
  • Purchasing books, materials or software for literacy programs


The open solicitation period for the 2024 Youth Literacy Grants has closed. Thank you to all who applied. The Youth Literacy Grant recipients will be announced August 22, 2024. A list of winners will be posted here, and email notifications will be sent to all organizations that applied.