The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded Des Moines Area Community College with a $5,500 grant to support the college’s adult literacy and education efforts, DMACC announced. The local grant is part of more than $8.6 million in grants awarded to more than 950 schools, nonprofits and organizations by Dollar General. DMACC will use the grant money to provide scholarships to students in its High School Equivalency Diploma Program and to fund staff time in support of the Adult Literacy Center at the DMACC Urban Campus. The Adult Literacy Center is available to any Des Moines-area adult who needs to improve their reading, writing and speaking skills, including new Iowans who can speak English but need to learn to read and write the language, and adults with low literacy skills in conjunction with learning disabilities.