The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center has received a $10,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, one of $120,000 in literacy grants the foundation announced Thursday it was giving to Virginia 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.

The grants awarded to Virginia organizations are expected to positively impact the lives of more than 5,000 Virginians.

“In keeping with Dollar General’s mission of Serving Others, we are excited to provide grants to support literacy and education initiatives in the communities we proudly call home,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO and Dollar General Literacy Foundation board member. “Each year, funds provided by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation make a real difference by providing the tools that students, adults and families need to pursue new opportunities and accomplish their goals. We believe these programs empower the communities we serve, and we are honored to play a role in their success.”

Statewide grants are part of more than $8.3 million that the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded this morning.

Recipients of the grant announcements 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.

A comprehensive list of grant recipients may be found online at www.dgliteracy.org.

In addition to the grants awarded, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation also currently is accepting applications for youth literacy grants through 10 p.m. central time Thursday, May 16.

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 online at www.dgliteracy.org.