GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (WLUC) - Thursday, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation announced the award of nearly $140,000 in literacy grants to Michigan nonprofit organizations, libraries and schools.
These funds are aimed at supporting adult, family and summer literacy programs within a 20-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center across the 44 states Dollar General serves. The grants awarded to organizations are expected to positively impact the lives of more than 8,500 Michigan residents.
“In keeping with Dollar General’s mission of Serving Others, we are excited to provide grants to support literacy and education initiatives in the communities we proudly call home,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO and Dollar General Literacy Foundation board member. “Each year, funds provided by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation make a real difference by providing the tools that students, adults and families need to pursue new opportunities and accomplish their goals. We believe these programs empower the communities we serve, and we are honored to play a role in their success.”
Statewide grants are part of more than $8.3 million that the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded Thursday.
Recipients of the grant announcements plan to use Dollar General Literacy Foundation funds to help adults learn to read, prepare for the high school equivalency exam, promote childhood summer reading or learn English.
Michigan recipients are listed in the photo above and a comprehensive list of grant recipients may be found online.
In addition to the grants awarded Thursday, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation is also currently accepting applications for youth literacy grants through Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 10 p.m. CT. Youth literacy grants support schools, public libraries and nonprofit organizations in implementing new or expanding existing literacy efforts. Funding can be used to purchase new technology, equipment, books, materials or software to enhance literacy programs.
Applications are available online at www.dgliteracy.org.
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 $168 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 10 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English proficiency. To learn more about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, visit www.dgliteracy.org.