Foundation / Corporation
Grants to Texas public libraries that serve communities with small populations to improve access to services for local individuals and families. Applicants are encouraged to call the Foundation office to discuss their projects prior to submitting proposals. The Tocker Foundation will seriously consider any project submitted that enhances the services provided by the public library.
Examples of Projects funded in the January and June grant cycles:
-Collection Development: Fiction, Non-fiction, Reference, Large Print, Non-English, Audio, Adult, Young Adult, Children’s, Music, etc.
-Furniture and Shelving: Requests should identify a specific project such as the shelving, children’s area, reference area, etc.
-Programming: The Tocker Foundation is particularly supportive of programming and welcomes grant requests for support in this area. Literacy Programs, Outreach Programs, Children’s Programs, Learning Labs, etc.
-Equipment: Copiers, Computers (limited to two per request), Printers.
GrantWatch ID#: 156095
Furniture and shelving requests are capped at $50,000. Collection requests are capped at $5,000.
Libraries in the state of Texas that serve a population of 12,000 or less according to statistics from the Texas State Library database (https://www.tsl.state.tx.us) are eligible. County libraries may use the city population rather than the assigned county population when determining their eligibility.
Funding will not be considered for:
- Debt Service.
- Endowment Funds
- Normal Operating Expenses
- Employee Benefits
- Construction, carpeting, electrical, or other infrastructure needs that are typically supported by the municipality
- E-books, E-readers, or membership fees for providers
- The Foundation will not consider a new request if a previously funded project is incomplete.
- The Foundation will not consider two separate applications from the same library. If the library has two or more similar projects, the projects should be prioritized on one grant application.
The Foundation has two (2) funding cycles per year. Applications deadlines are January 15th and June 1st.
All applicants are encouraged to contact the office at the beginning of their grant project plans. The Director of Grants Management is available to answer any questions and assist you through the grant process. These conversations often result in stronger requests and therefore, greater impact in the library. They also serve as a preliminary review prior to submission.
The Foundation encourages applicants to use the online application. This is the preferred method for grant application submission.
The Foundation will also accept emailed applications. Please provide Word documents for the narrative portion of your application. The most current application form is available in Word by request. The signature page, vendor quotes, and floor plans should be PDF attachments. The budget summary template will automatically save in Excel.
The Foundation acknowledges receipt of every application by email soon after it arrives at the office.
Final grant decisions will be made by the Foundation’s Board of Directors approximately four to six weeks after the application deadline with notifications going out one to two weeks later.
Best Practices: http://www.tocker.org/library-grants/best-practices/
Library Grants: http://www.tocker.org/library-grants/
Guidelines and Applications: http://www.tocker.org/guidelines-and-applications/
What to Expect: http://www.tocker.org/library-grants/what-to-expect-from-the-grant-process/
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Karin Gerstenhaber, Director of Grants Management
Phone: (512) 452-1044
Fax: (512) 452-7690
Online application portal: https://www.grantinterface.com/Common/LogOn.aspx?eqs=ucxWAag0gAxx0U-D0yuaEg2