GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn., Aug 24, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Dollar General Literacy Foundation continues its commitment to promoting literacy and education by awarding grants to schools, public libraries and nonprofit organizations through its back-to-school and youth literacy grant programs. Combined, the 746grants will provide $4.9 million in funding to schools and nonprofit organizations that support literacy and basiceducation initiatives.
"Dollar General is dedicated to improving the lives of others by supporting literacy and education," said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General's Chairman and CEO. "These grants were developed to support the schools and organizations that are educating young minds. We commend their commitment to improving children's lives and futures through education."
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded 318 back-to-school grants to schools across its 35-state market area. The back-to-school grants provide funding to schools for new programs, equipment materials or software for their library or literacy program.
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded 415 youth literacy grants to schools, libraries and nonprofit organizations in its 35-state market area. The youth literacy grants provide funding for the implementation or expansion of literacy programs in schools, public libraries and nonprofit organizations.
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded an additional 13 grants worth $2.4 million to national and regional literacy initiatives.
Since its founding, Dollar General has been committed to supporting literacy and education. To further this support, the company founded the Dollar General Literacy Foundation in 1993 to improve the functional literacy of adults, families and youth by providing grants to nonprofit organizations dedicated to the advancement of literacy. To learn more about Dollar General's literacy initiatives and available grants, visit www.dollargeneral.com.
To view the complete list of grant recipients, visit www.dollargeneral.com.
About Dollar General
Dollar General is a leading discount retailer with more than 8,500 neighborhood stores. Dollar General stores provide convenience and value to customers by offering consumable basic items such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids and cleaning supplies, as well as basic apparel, house wares and seasonal items at everyday low prices. The company has a longstanding tradition of supporting literacy and education. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $38.4 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 2.1 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English proficiency. To learn more about Dollar General, visit www.dollargeneral.com.
SOURCE: Dollar General
Emily Weiss, 615-855-5210
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