Beyond Words: the Dollar General School Library Relief Fund

About the Beyond Words: the Dollar General School Library Relief Fund
The fund will provide grants to public schools whose school library program has been affected by a natural disaster. Grants are to replace or supplement books, media and/or library equipment in the school library setting.

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. 

Administered by:

American Association of School Libraries logo

Award and Frequency

Provides up to $20,000 to replace or supplement books, media and/or library equipment.
basis.

Eligibility

Must be a public school library - Pre K-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:

  • 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;
  • Has absorbed a significant number (more than 10% enrollment) of displaced/evacuee students.

Additional qualifications for consideration of a catastrophic award:

  • 90% or greater loss to the school library program
  • If awarded $50,000 catastrophic grant, recipient is required to provide documentation of loss

Application Instructions

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.

Applications need to be filled out online.

Contact Information

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Selection 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.