Application Process

Two Funding Cycles Per Year

Visit our online portal to apply for library grants and reach out to us with any questions.
Application Deadlines
January 15th & June 1st
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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.

How to Apply

In 2013, the foundation introduced an online application system. Users may work on their own computers and copy-paste their narrative when ready. They may also work on directly an application and save it as a draft as often as necessary. This draft feature also allows the grants manager to view the application and offer comments or suggestions to strengthen the overall request.
View Detailed Grant Instructions

Evaluate your current needs. Determine your goals and objectives. Research, Research, Research. Plan, Plan, Plan.

Take a team approach to the project and involve a diverse group from your community.

Tammy Gawryszewski
Fairfield Library | Fairfield, TX

Email Applications

The Tocker Foundation will accept email applications sent to [email protected].

Please provide Word documents for the narrative portion of your application. The most current application form is available in Word by request.

Please save the signature page, vendor quotes, and floor plans as PDF when attaching to email. The budget template can be left in the original Excel format.

Examples of Previously Funded Projects

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.

Funding will not be considered for:

  • Debt Service
  • Endowment Funds
  • Normal Operating Expenses
  • Salaries
  • 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.

Final Reports for Library Grantees

Final reports are due one year from the date the grant was awarded as indicated in the grant contract. Download the report below and submitted via our online system or as an email attachment.

DownloadFinal Grant Project Report