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Texas Reads Grants

Grants to Texas Public Libraries to Promote
Literacy and Reading in Local Communities

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Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC)

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03/08/18 11:59 PM CT


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Texas public libraries and library systems for activities to promote literacy and reading in local communities. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a proposal draft by February 14, 2018. This program emphasizes family and early childhood literacy, lifelong learning, and digital literacy.

Goals and Purposes:

This grant program funds public library programs to promote reading and literacy within local communities. Programs may be targeted to the entire community or to a segment of the community. Programs focusing on community engagement or involving collaboration with other community organizations are strongly encouraged. The agency may designate specific funding priorities for each grant cycle in response to identified needs. If this occurs, staff will provide details of funding priorities and scoring implications to applicants and to the peer review panel. These programs must meet the following LSTA goal as identified in the 2018-2022 LSTA 5-Year Plan.

Texans of all ages need access to resources and services that promote and enhance literacy and further formal and informal learning.

Texans will have access to library services that support literacy and educational attainment, especially early childhood and family literacy, digital literacy, and lifelong learning.

Reading promotion programs are those that actively encourage people to read and to develop a lifelong love of reading. One goal of reading promotion programs is to develop a more literate community. Typically, this involves presenting or hosting programs that will involve people in reading activities and that will generate enthusiasm for reading.

Libraries may also coordinate programs in basic literacy, family literacy, and the ability to read, write and speak English and to compute and solve problems at levels of proficiency necessary to function on the job and in society.

The purpose is not for collection development, or other activities primarily focused on the acquisition of library materials or resources.

Eligible Activities:

This grant program will fund costs such as materials, professional services (e.g. speakers’ fees, temporary personnel), and other operating expenses needed to implement a reading or literacy program. Programs may include, but are not limited to book talks; author visits; book clubs or discussion groups; Día (El Día de los niños/El día de los libros; Born-to-Read or Every Child Ready to Read programs; One Book, One Community programs; or programs to enhance summer reading club activities.

Projects must include programming designed to actively engage participants in reading activities. Except as provided in grant guidelines, competitive grants may fund costs for staff, equipment, capital expenditures, supplies, professional services, and other typical operating expenses, as permitted by 13 TAC §2.116 (Uniform Grants Management Standards). The grant may also cover indirect costs as permitted in 2 CFR 200.

The purpose of this grant is not for collection development or other activities primarily focused on the acquisition of library materials or resources, or digitization projects.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 139904

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant award for FY 2019 will be $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Funding will be for one state fiscal year (September 1, 2018 - August 31, 2019).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Public libraries and local public library systems, through their governing authority (city, county, corporation, or district) are eligible to apply for grants. To receive a grant, applicants must be members of the Texas Library System for the fiscal year the grant contracts are issued. Libraries or library systems will not be awarded more than one Texas Reads grant in a single grant cycle. Libraries or library systems will not be awarded a grant in two consecutive grant cycles for the same, or nearly the same, project.

There is no requirement for cost sharing, matching funds, or cost participation with this grant program.

This grant program will NOT fund the following costs:
a. Building construction, renovation, or repair, including fixtures and services
b. Food, beverages, or food delivery equipment or services
c. Awards, honoraria, prizes, or gifts
d. Equipment or technology not specifically needed to carry out the goals of the grant
e. Transportation/travel for participants or non-grant funded personnel
f. Databases currently offered or similar to ones offered by the agency (i.e., a magazine index database may not be purchased if a comparable one is provided by the agency)
g. Collection development purchases not targeted directly to the grant goals nor integral to the service program
h. Advertising or public relations costs not directly related to promoting awareness of grant-funded activities
i. Performers or presenters whose purpose is to entertain rather than to educate
j. Other expenses as excluded in the guidelines

Pre-proposal Conference:

TSLAC strongly encourages potential applicants to review the archives of the January 24 and January 31, 2018 webinars to learn more about the competitive grant programs and process:

Pre-Application Information:

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) recommends that applicants discuss their projects with TSLAC staff before developing a proposal. TSLAC consultants are available to help throughout application development and in determining the best grant program for your project.

TSLAC also strongly encourages applicants to submit a draft of the proposal to TSLAC for review. TSLAC has created a Microsoft Word grant application template, available on the TSLAC website at for applicants to use in preparing a draft which can then be used to populate the online application.

To allow adequate time to review the draft proposal, submit the draft via email by Wednesday, February 14, 2018.

Before submitting an application, the applicant organization must have a current and active DUNS Number and (System for Award Management) registration. Check your materials and registrations well in advance of the application deadline to ensure that they are accurate, current, and active.

If your DUNS and SAM registrations are not active and current at the time of submission, your proposal will be rejected; if they are not active and current at the time of an award, your proposal cannot be funded.

Completed applications and all required documents must be submitted in GMS by 11:59 PM Central Time, Thursday, March 8, 2018. Please be advised that technical support will not be available after 5:00 PM, Thursday, March 8, 2018.

Program Timeline:
-January 2018: Guidelines released
-February 14, 2018: Draft proposals due to TSLAC for review (recommended, but not required)
-March 8, 2018: Applications and required forms due in GMS
-April/May 2018: Application packets evaluated by Grant Review Panel
-June 2018: Applicants notified of Grant Review Panel recommendations
-August 2018: Commission meets and approves projects; Contracts issued
-September 1, 2018: Projects begin
-August 31, 2019: Projects end

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online through the grants portal:

Erica McCormick, TSLAC Grants Administrator
P: 512-463-5527 / 800-252-9386 (toll free)
F: 512-463-5436

Texas State Library and Archives Commissio
Director and Librarian
P. O. Box 12927
Austin, Texas 78711-2927

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