Dollar General stores are in many communities and the company is a strong supporter of literacy. In fact, they funded a number of ALSC mini-grants for El dia de los ninos/El dia de los libros (see December 22, 2010 blog posting). Once again the Dollar General Literacy Foundation is offering accepting applications for Back to School Grants and Youth Literacy Grants. Click here for a map that shows were stores are located since to apply your library must be in their service area.
Back to School Grants provide funding of up to $5,000 to help school libraries and media centers: 1) implement new or expanding existing literacy programs; 2) purchase new technology or equipment to support literacy initiatives; and 3) purchasing books, materials, or software for literacy programs. Applicants must be K-12 public, private, or charter schools. Click here for more information and to access the application.
Youth Literacy Grants provide funding of up to $3,000 to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations working to help students who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading. Applicants must be a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, a K-12 private or public school, a college or university, or a public library. Click here for more information and to access the application.
The deadline for proposals for both grant programs is May 18, 2011.