The Dollar General Literacy Foundation announced May 15 the award of $20,000 in literacy grants to Delaware nonprofit organizations, libraries and schools.

These funds are aimed at supporting adult, family and summer literacy programs within a 20-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center across the 44 states Dollar General serves and plan to positively impact the lives of more than 850 statewide residents.

Statewide grants are part of more than $7.5 million that the Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded. Recipients plan to use Dollar General Literacy Foundation funds to help adults learn to read, prepare for the high school equivalency exam, promote childhood summer reading or learn English.

The Latin American Community Center Corp. in Wilmington received $7,500. YMCA of Delaware in Wilmington received $1,500. Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Rehoboth Beach received $5,000. Reading Assist Institute in Wilmington received $20,000.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is accepting applications for youth literacy grants through May 18. Youth literacy grants support schools, public libraries and nonprofit organizations in implementing new or expanding existing literacy efforts. Funding can be used to purchase new technology, equipment, books, materials or software to enhance literacy programs.

Applications are available at