Eligibility

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The sponsor requires that BOTH of the following are met:

  • Must be a public school library - PreK-12.
  • Must be located within 20 miles of a Dollar General store, distribution center or corporate office. Please visit the store locator section of the  Dollar General website.

as well as ONE of the following:

  • Within the past 36 months must have lost its building or incurred substantial damage or hardship due to a natural disaster (tornado, earthquake, hurricane, flood, avalanche, mudslide), fire or an act recognized by the federal government as terrorism;

OR

  • Has absorbed a significant number (more than 10% enrollment) of displaced/evacuee students.
Additional qualifications for conderation of a catastrophic award include:
  • 90% or greater loss to the school library program. If awarded a $50,000 catastrophic grant, recipient is required to provide documentation of loss.

Criteria

  • The program is to satisfy the need to replace or supplement books, media and/or library equipment in the school library setting.
  • It is expected that a certified school librarian at the campus, district or regional level will be involved in the selection of materials/equipment to be purchased.
  • Within one year of receiving a grant, recipients will be required to complete a report briefly describing how this grant impacted your school library program. The report should include receipts on how the funds were allocated.
  • Grant recipients must spend grant funds within 180 days of receipt.

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