Emergency Library Funding Offered by Education Partners

Dollar-General-Literacy-Foundation-LOGOPrivate Funders: Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the Nat’l Education Assn. and the American Library Assn.; Opportunity: Beyond Words: The Dollar General School Library Relief Fund; Funding Focus: Education, literacy and disaster relief; Geographic Focus: Regional (where the company has operations); Eligibility: Schools& nonprofits; Funding: Up to $50,000; Deadline: Rolling.

Summary: The fund provides regular relief grants to pre-K-12 public schools whose library programs have been affected by a natural disaster, fire or an act of terrorism. Schools having absorbed a significant number (more than 10% of enrollment) of displaced/evacuee students are also eligible. Grants help replace or supplement books, media and library equipment. Eligible applicants must be located within 20 miles of a Dollar General store, distribution center, or corporate office. Grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis; awards range up to $20,000 each.

Additional Funding: In addition, the fund is offering catastrophic grants of $50,000 each for schools which have suffered damage threatening to overwhelm their ability to rebuild. To qualify, the library must have lost its building, incurred substantial damage or lost 90% or more of the school library collection. The application deadline is March 31. The website is at: http://goo.gl/VP863j

Further, the company provides aid to distressed Dollar General employees and their families who are experiencing financial hardship due to circumstances beyond their control, such as death or disaster.

Info: Email beyondwords@ala.org or 800-545-2433 ext. 4383.

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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