The was established in 1993 in honor of Dollar General's co-founder, J.L. Turner, who had only a third-grade education and was functionally illiterate. A farmer's son, Turner dropped out of school when his father was killed in an accident, but with determination and hard work he began what has now become a successful company.
To honor Turner's legacy, the foundation is accepting applications to its Youth Literacy Grants program. Through the program, grants of up to $4,000 will be awarded to schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations working to help students who are reading below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading, including those with individualized education plans (IEPs).
The program supports the implementation or expansion of new or existing programs; the purchase of new technology or equipment in support of literacy initiatives; and/or the purchase of books, materials, or software.
See the Dollar General Literacy Foundation website for complete program guidelines, a list of 2017 grant recipients, and application instructions.