Library Grants

Through our philanthropic efforts, the board members have seen inroads made towards many improvements in services and programs in the library. Expanded patron spaces, library automation, computer/internet accessibility, updated collections, and a variety of social services all contribute to the rural library's role as a community anchor and gathering place.

Past grants have supported collection development, technology and hardware, programming, furniture and shelving, outreach, and many other projects initiated by the community’s patrons.

Furniture and Shelving projects - a separate process for maximum impact now called Library Transformation Grants.

After a year-long evaluation, we have an improved understanding of the dynamics involving large furniture-shelving grants and the many factors that make each one unique. As a result, we now review them on a case-by-case basis before allowing an applicant to proceed. Our goal is to include the Foundation's objectives and 21st Century best practices within the library's objectives and ultimately, expand the impact of the grant. We are interested in supporting such projects in libraries that are ready to rethink their entire space and hit the refresh button.

Once you and your library leadership have decided to pursue a grant to make improvements, your crucial first step is to speak with Associate Director, Karin Gerstenhaber to determine your project's eligibility for this level of support.

The Tocker Foundation will seriously consider any project submitted that enhances the services provided by the public library.

Examples of Previously funded projects

Collection Development
  • Fiction
  • Non-fiction
  • Reference
  • Large Print
  • Non-English
  • Audio
  • Adult
  • Young Adult
  • Children’s
  • Music
Furniture and Shelving

Requests should identify a specific project such as the shelving, children’s area, reference area, etc.


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
  • Copiers
  • Computers
    (limited to 2 per request)
  • Printers
Do your research. Make sure you research EVERYTHING about your project. Why do you need it? How will it impact your patrons? How will you accomplish it? What vendor will you use?
Lisa Scroggins
Claud H. Gilmer Memorial Library | Rocksprings, TX

Funding will not be considered for

  • Debt Service
  • Endowment Funds
  • Normal Operating Expenses
  • Salaries
  • Employee Benefits
  • Construction
  • Carpeting
  • Electrical
  • Other infrastructure needs that are typically supported by the municipality
  • E-books
  • E-readers
  • 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.