COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – On Friday, May 15 the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded B.R.I.D.G.E of Columbus, Inc. a literacy grant.
The grant was in the amount of $8,000 to support local literacy programs. This local grant award is part of over $5.8 million in grants that were awarded Friday. They also awarded 720 schools and nonprofit organizations across the 43 states that the company serves.
This announcement also brought the total impact of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to over $100 million in grants. There will be nearly six million people who improved their lives through literacy and education since the foundation's inception in 1993.
"It is exciting to see the impact grants from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation make throughout the country, especially as we cross the $100 million threshold in overall donations and the difference it has to nearly six million people," Rick Dreling said, Dollar General's chairman and CEO.
Recipients of the grant will use Dollar General Literacy Foundation funds to support programs aimed at enhancing summer, family and adult literacy programs. Grants will also be used to help promote childhood summer reading, help adults learn to read, prepare for the high school equivalency exam and learn English.
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is also currently accepting applications for youth literacy grants through Thursday, May 21. Youth literacy grants provide funding for schools, public libraries and nonprofit organizations.
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