Fact Sheet

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Dollar General, in collaboration with the American Library Association (ALA), the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and the National Education Association (NEA), is sponsoring a school library disaster relief fund for public school libraries in the states served by Dollar General.

The fund provides grants to public schools whose library program has been affected by a disaster. Grants are to replace or supplement books, media and/or library equipment in the school library setting. Schools may request grants in the range of $10.000-$20,000.  Annually (June 1-May 31) two catastrophic grants  of $50,000 each will be awarded to two school library programs who have experienced a total or near total loss and score highest on the awards rubric.

General Beyond Words grants are accepted on an ongoing basis with the catastrophic awards opening June 1 and closing May 31 annually.

Funding focus
Grants will be awarded to public school libraries that have 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.

The goal is to provide funding for books, media, and/or library equipment that support learning in a school library environment. The impact can be through direct loss or through an increase in enrollment due to displaced/evacuee students.

Eligibility
To be eligible, the school library must:

  1. Be located in a public school – PreK-12
  2. Be located within 20 miles of a Dollar General store, distribution center or corporate office, and
  3. Recently (within 36 months) 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
  4. Have absorbed a significant number (more than 10 percent enrollment) of displaced/evacuee students.

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.

For more information, please visit www.ala.org/aasl/disasterrelief.

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