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Dollar General Grants

by Chataun Denis on 03/19/14

For those of you involved with literacy programs, Dollar General is now accepting grant applications. I have gotten two clients grants from Dollar General. If you decide to apply, here are a few strategies that worked for us!

Dollar General gives grants to nonprofits that provide literacy programs that target K-12th grade students. You can be 501c3 or a school to be eligible. More specifically, your program must target:

  • below grade level readers;
  • readers with learning disabilities;
  • English Language Learners; or
  • Students with Individualized Education Plans (IEP)
Now for a few tips. First and foremost, your program must be located within 20 miles of a Dollar General store; the closer the better. If there is more than one store nearby, mentioning this in your proposal may improve your chances.

Their grants are generally pretty small between $1,500-$3,000. DO NOT ask for general operating support. If you have a specific project in mind that fits within the guidelines, go for that instead. It will also improve your chances if you have other funders that have committed to the project. If you can state that you have 75% or more of the project funded already, that's a WIN for you and them.

If you're interested in applying for a grant, you must submit an application using their online system at http://www2.dollargeneral.com/dgliteracy/Pages/grant_programs.aspx. Deadlines are in May and August.

If you would like to apply for Dollar General funding and you want help writing a Winning grant proposal, I am here to help!

Book a Grants Planning Coaching session by March 31st and get $25 off.
You can book your appointment on the "Apply for Grants" page.

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