General Grant Information

Tocker Foundation Grant Application

General Grant Information

The Tocker Foundation will consider requests from public libraries serving populations of 12,000 or less. Projects are reviewed for their level of contribution to the community. Grant applications are review by an appointed committee of the Texas Library Association. 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.

When to Apply:

The Foundation has two (2) funding cycles per year. Applications deadlines are January 15th and June 1st.

Where to Apply:

The Foundation encourages all applicants to use our online application. This is the preferred method for grant application submission.


We will accept email applications at 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, provided here, will automatically save in excel.

The Tocker Foundation will seriously consider any project submitted that enhances the services provided by the public library. Grants are not limited to the categories listed here. We are happy to discuss proposed applications prior to submission of the application. Please contact our office to speak with Director of Grants Management, Karin Gerstenhaber.

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.

Examples of Projects funded in our 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.


Apply for digitization projects year-round.

Libraries are frequently the repository for historical documents and newspapers. To preserve this history and make it available to all via the Portal to Texas History, we have partnered with the University of North Texas’ Digital Newspaper Program. To date, Tocker grants have digitized over a million pages of newspaper. Because of the tremendous success of this partnership, we have created a dedicated application for these requests and now accept them year-round. No more waiting for the next grant application deadline. Find this application listed with the others on our online application portal.


Automation Upgrade grants

A robust integrated library system is vital to every library. That is why, in 2013 the board of directors voted to create a new, online application process to assist libraries in upgrading their automation systems. To expedite these transitions, the Foundation accepts these requests year-round on a dedicated application through our online application portal.


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

For more detailed information on specific project types and on preparing a strong application, please see our Best Practices page.

Final Reports for Library Grantees

Final reports are due one year from the date the grant was awarded as indicated in the grant contract. They may be submitted via our online system or as an email attachment. See Forms page for our Final Grant Report Guide.