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Dollar General Literacy Foundation

Frequently Asked Questions

Is my organization eligible for a grant?

To be eligible for a grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, your organization must be a nonprofit organization as determined by the IRS, a public library, school or college providing direct literacy services within a state that Dollar General Corporation operates in and is within 15 miles of a Dollar General store. Other eligibility requirements are specific to each grant type and can be found within the grants themselves.

Can my organization apply for more than one grant program?

Yes, if your organization has programs that qualify for multiple grant categories, you can apply for more than one grant type. For example, if you have a literacy program that serves adults and also run a program over the summer for youth, you could apply for both the Adult Literacy grant and the Summer Reading grant.

What is the maximum amount my organization could receive?

For the Adult and Family literacy grant programs, the maximum grant amount is up to $10,000. The Summer Reading maximum is $3,000 and the Youth Literacy grant is $4,000. Applying for a grant does not guarantee that amount due to the large volume of requests we receive.

Can my organization receive a grant for consecutive years?

For the Adult and Family literacy grants, there is no restriction on the number of years in a row that your organization can apply and receive grants at this time. For the Summer Reading and Youth Literacy grant, there is a “Two Year Rule” that applies to organizations receiving grants for two years in a row. They would not be eligible for the third year. For example, if you received a grant in 2018 and 2019, you are not eligible to apply for 2020 and must wait until 2021 to reapply.

I am a public library or public school and have not applied for a grant, how do I register my organization to apply?

During open solicitation, click on the link through our website to answer the eligibility questions. Once you reach the log in page, click “create your password” next to “first time user” located at the top of the page. For schools, you will need your school and district ID number that can be found on the National Center for Education Statistics site (NCES) and you can click the link to look that up. If you are a public library (and not using a 501c3 status such as a “friends” group) you will use your IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) library ID which can be found on their website. If you are having trouble, click on the “Need Support” link at the bottom of our grant system and ask the tech support team for help. Manual verification of an organization by the tech support team can take up to 48 hours from the time they receive the inquiry during busy times- we suggest not waiting until the day before a grant deadline to start this process.

What items are funded through your grant programs?

Each grant type funds different items, but all of our grants focus on student success. During the application process, you will find more information in the “Budget Information” section of the grant you are applying for.

I moved schools/organizations; can my grant funds transfer to my new school?

Our grants are non-transferrable and must stay with the organization that was selected to receive the grant. The new contact person should reach out to the Foundation to change contact information at 615-855-5201.

How can I access the site after I have submitted my application?

You will need to bookmark or save the log in page and your password to access the site after your application has been submitted. This is extremely important due to grant deadlines. For reference, the log in pages are below:

I have submitted my application, now what?

After submitting your application, stay tuned on the announcement date. A list of grant recipients will be posted on our website, www.dgliteracy.org and an email will be sent to all that applied. The grant contact will receive an email whether they were selected for funding or not. If selected, your organization will receive follow up information within 10 days of the announcement date.

Important dates for 2020:

Date Application Type Action

January 3

Adult, Family & Summer Reading

Applications available

February 20

Adult, Family & Summer Reading

Grand deadline (10pm CST)

February 27

Youth Literacy

Applications available

May 14

Adult, Family & Summer Reading

Grant announcement

May 21

Youth Literacy

Grant deadline (10pm CST)

September 10

Youth Literacy

Grant announcement