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. Grant applications are evaluated twice a year by a permanent, appointed committee of the Texas Library Association. The board of directors makes all final decisions.

Something new for Furniture and Shelving projects

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. Our goal is to include the Foundation's objectives and 21st Century best practices within the library's project and ultimately, expand the impact of the grant.

Once you and your library leadership have decided to pursue a grant to make improvements, your crucial first step is to call the Foundation office and speak with Associate Director, Karin Gerstenhaber.

Grants are not limited to the categories listed here. We encourage you to call our office and discuss your proposed project well before you are ready to submit your application.

Please contact our office to speak with Associate Director, Karin Gerstenhaber.


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.

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
Equipment
  • 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.