Phoenixville Schools, Spring City Library Win Grants

GOODLETTSVILLE TN – Two northern Chester County organizations are among 35 recipients that will share in more than $123,000 of grant funding distributed across Pennsylvania alone by the Tennessee-based Dollar General Literacy Foundation, to “narrow the gap” between young learners’ needs and local financial resources, it said Thursday (Sept. 8, 2022). The money is intended to pay for books, technology, equipment, or materials.

The Phoenixville Area School District will receive $4,000 in grant money, the foundation stated, and the Spring City Public Library will get $2,000. Information on the uses either has planned for their awards was not immediately available.

Also winning funds were three other recipients in Chester County, one in Montgomery County, and one in Berks County; none are within The Post’s circulation area. They money presented to them, as well as to 28 remaining winners in Pennsylvania and dozens of others nationwide, are part of $3 million offered by the foundation in its latest grant round. The Pennsylvania grants should “positively impact the lives of approximately 19,500 individuals in the state,” it estimated.

Applications for its 2023 grant cycle will be available at its website during January 2023, the foundation added.

“We understand the challenges educators and literacy programs may face and are proud to invest in local literacy and education initiatives to further demonstrate our mission of serving others,” foundation chairman and Dollar General Chief Executive Officer Todd Vasos said. Grants are targeted “to support schools, public libraries, and nonprofit organizations within a 15-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center.” The money can be used to implement new literacy initiatives or expand existing ones.

Earlier this year, the foundation gave a $10,000 grant to the YWCA Tri-County Area, and during 2021 it gave money to the YWCA and the Pottstown Regional Public Library.

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