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American Dream Literacy Initiative

American Dream Literacy Initiative

The American Library Association (ALA) and Dollar General Literacy Foundation invite public libraries to apply for grants of $10,000 to expand services for adult English language learners or adults in need of basic education and workforce development.

Public libraries are eligible if they serve adult English language learners and are located within 20 miles of a Dollar General Store, distribution center or corporate office. Visit the Dollar General Store Locator.

Applications will be accepted from October 15 to December 14, 2018. Up to 16 grants will be awarded.

To apply, register or sign in using the links below.

The American Dream Literacy Initiative strives to develop tools and resources for libraries and library staff to provide effective literacy services to adult English language learners.

Since 2008, 188 libraries in Dollar General communities have initiated or expanded literacy services for adult English language learners. The grants allow libraries to augment their print and digital English as a second language (ESL) collections; increase computer access and training; provide job training; hold English language learning (ELL), general educational development (GED) and citizenship classes; and raise the visibility of services for immigrant populations.

The American Dream Literacy Initiative is made possible through the generous support of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. It is administered by ALA's Public Programs Office and Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services.

Create your apply.ala.org profile to begin. You can use this profile for this project, and for future opportunites with the Public Programs Office. All you need to get started is an email address.

To get started, or to return to your application, sign in to your apply.ala.org profile. If you have applied for recent projects with the Public Programs Office, you can use the same email address and password.