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J. Frank Dobie Library Trust Award

Grants to Texas Public Libraries in
Small Communities to Purchase Books

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Texas Library Association

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Grants to Texas public libraries that serve small communities to purchase books, audiobooks, and ebooks. Funding is intended to assist libraries that have received support and promotion from their communities, including local governments. The selection committee also considers the library’s support of the community and the library’s need for additional book resources.

Funds used to obtain ebooks may be spent for licensing access to ebooks, though the committee encourages purchasing rather than licensing when feasible. The committee recognizes that many small libraries obtain ebooks through consortia that may provide other services as well. Funds spent on ebooks may include payment for services directly in support of accessing the ebooks, such as platform preparation, but may not be spent for services unrelated to obtaining access to ebooks.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 140808

Number of Grants:

The selection committee determines the number of awards each year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The total amount available for awards each year is determined by the net income of the trust. In 2019, a total of almost $50,000 was distributed to five libraries.

Term of Contract:

The committee intends that the funds be spent within one calendar year of receipt.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Application is open to public libraries in Texas that:
(1) Serve a population of 20,000 or less (per the library’s annual TSLAC report);
(2) Are legally established; and
(3) Are open 1 for service at least twenty hours per week.

A legally established public library is one established as a department of a city or county government by charter, resolution, or ordinance: or by contract as provided for in the Interlocal Cooperation Act, Texas Civil Statutes, Article 4413 (32c): or as a nonprofit corporation chartered by the Office of the Secretary of State for the purposes of providing free public library services, and having a current contract with a city, county, or school district to provide free public library services for the city, county, or school district.

Pre-Application Information:

The J. Frank Dobie Library Trust Awards Committee is accepting applications for the 2021 awards through December 31, 2020.

The committee expects to notify all applicants of its decisions by the end of February. Recipients will be announced through TLA’s communication channels.

Awards are typically presented at the Opening Luncheon at the Texas Library Association Annual Conference. However, due to the unpredictability of the pandemic, the TLA 2021 Annual Conference will be held virtually.

Contact Information:

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

Direct questions, and submit applications to:
Gretchen McCord

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Texas Library Association
3355 Bee Cave Road, Suite 401
Austin, Texas 78746-6763
P: 512-328-1518
F: 512-328-8852

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USA: Texas

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