Dollar General Literacy Foundation announces nearly $9.2 million commitment to literacy in May

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation announced a commitment of approximately $9.2 million to support literacy in communities that Dollar General (NYSE: DG) calls home. The financial commitment includes nearly $8.2 million in spring grants to support family, adult and summer literacy programs across the country. Grant recipients will be announced on May 12 and a list of organizations selected for funding will be posted on DGLF’s commitment also includes a $1 million grant to DonorsChoose to support a buddy program for book projects on May 5 in conjunction with Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week. Additionally, Dollar General plans to offer a monthly in-store discount for teachers beginning May 1.

“Today’s announcement once again demonstrates our commitment to serving teachers and students across the country,” said Denine Torr, executive director of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. “The Dollar General Literacy Foundation believes that everyone should have access to programs that help strengthen reading and develop essential literacy skills, and teachers should have the tools necessary for quality instruction in the classroom. We’re proud to provide grants to schools, libraries, and nonprofit organizations that help increase access to education and inspire innovation, helping to build a better future for all families.


To celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation is offering a $1 million grant to DonorsChoose to fund a book-matching donation to book-related projects on Thursday, May 5. Teachers are encouraged to post their projects on before May. 5 to be eligible. The campaign will begin at 6:00 a.m. CT and will continue until funds are exhausted.


On Thursday, May 12, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation will announce nearly $8.2 million in grants to approximately 1,000 schools, libraries, and nonprofit organizations as part of its spring grant cycle to benefit reading programs. for adults, family and summer. These funds support programs in Dollar General hometowns that help adults learn to read, prepare for the high school equivalency exam, learn English, and support school reading programs. summer for young people.

A full list of grant recipients will be announced May 12 and available online at

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is also accepting applications for Youth Literacy Grants through Thursday, May 19 at 10:00 p.m. CT. These grants are intended to help schools, public libraries and non-profit organizations implement new literacy initiatives or expand existing ones. Funding can be used to purchase new technologies, equipment, books, hardware or software to enhance literacy programs. Grant applications can be found online at


Dollar General also announced a five percent appreciation discount for teachers beginning May 1. Teachers can sign up to receive the exclusive teacher offer through the DG app or website and add the discount as a DG digital coupon. The discount is for one-time use each month and can be added monthly.

Earlier this year, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation released the State of American Literacy Report, which highlights the significant impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on literacy. The report found that among the many learning challenges presented during the pandemic, more students were struggling with reading. To learn more about the report as well as the Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s efforts to address these critical literacy needs, visit our DG Newsroom.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation supports organizations that improve access to educational programs, inspire and advance innovation, and improve the quality of classroom instruction. Each year, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards funds to nonprofit organizations, schools, and libraries within 15 miles of a Dollar General store or distribution center to support literacy programs adults, families, summer and youth. The Foundation also offers a student referral program for those interested in learning to read, speak English, or preparing for the high school equivalency exam. Referrals to a local organization that provides free literacy services are available online here or via referral cards found in the Learn to Read brochures that are available at the cash register of every Dollar General store.

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About the Dollar General Literacy Foundation

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded more than $216 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 15.4 million people take their first steps toward literacy, a general education degree, or English proficiency. Each year, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation provides financial support to schools, non-profit organizations, and libraries within a 15-mile radius of Dollar General stores and distribution centers. To learn more about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation or to apply for a literacy grant, visit




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