The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded more than $59,000 in youth literacy grants to Arkansas schools and nonprofit organizations Aug. 28, according to a news release.


Three recipients are in Southeast Arkansas:


Friends of the Warren Branch Library, Bradley County — $2,500;


Monticello School District, Drew County — $1,500;


Star City School District, Lincoln County — $2,000.


“The youth literacy grants will provide financial funding to teachers, libraries and literacy organizations to support a successful academic year throughout the 44 states that Dollar General serves,” according to the release.


The Arkansas grants are part of more than $3.4 million the foundation awarded Aug. 28. To date, the foundation has awarded more than $159 million in grants to schools, libraries and literacy organizations as part of its commitment to increase literacy skills for people of all ages.


“Dollar General’s co-founder, J.L. Turner, was functionally illiterate and never completed a formal education. In 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation was established in his honor and has since helped more than 10 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education,” according to the release.


The foundation awards grants to agencies within a 20-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center.


Grant applications for 2019 youth, summer, family and adult literacy programs will be available Jan. 2, 2019.


For details or a comprehensive list of grant recipients, visit www.dgliteracy.org.