LOCKESBURG – The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded Lockesburg Branch Library in Lockesburg a literacy grant in the amount of $500 Friday to support local literacy programs. The local grant is part of over $5.8 million in grants awarded the same day to approximately 720 schools, nonprofits and organizations across the 43 states the company serves.
Today’s grant announcements also bring the total impact of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s to over $100 million in grants to assist nearly six million people improve their lives through literacy and education since the foundation’s inception in 1993.
“It is exciting to see the impact grants from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation make throughout the country, especially as we cross the $100 million threshold in overall donations and the difference it has to nearly six million people,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO. “The Dollar General Literacy Foundation truly embodies the company’s mission of Serving Others throughout the communities we serve.”
Recipients of the grant announcements will use Dollar General Literacy Foundation funds to support programs aimed at enhancing summer, family and adult literacy programs. Grants will be used to help promote childhood summer reading or help adults learn to read, prepare for the high school equivalency exam or learn English.
A complete list of grant recipients may be found online at www.dgliteracy.org.
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is also currently accepting applications for youth literacy grants through Thurs., May 21. Youth literacy grants provide funding to schools, public libraries and nonprofit organizations to help students below grade level or who experience difficulty reading by providing funding to implement new or expanding literacy programs, purchase new technology or equipment or purchase books, materials or software to enhance literacy programs.
Applications are available online at www.dgliteracy.org.