Purpose: Funding directs emergency support to pre-K-12 student libraries.
Private 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; it has stores in 40 states); 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. These include schools in the states hit by Hurricane Sandy in late October. 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 (https://goo.gl/xd6XrL). Grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis; awards range up to $20,000 each.