Category Archives: Grant Opportunities

Hancher Library Foundation Grant Recipients

These CTLS libraries received grants from the Ladd and Katherine Hancher Library Foundation of Columbus, Texas in amounts from $2,115 to $40,000.

Projects funded were computers, collection development, digitization, programming, and a teen area.

We are grateful to the foundation for helping our libraries! If your library received a grant and is not listed below, please contact Laurie at the system office.

Tye Preston – Canyon Lake
Cuero
Dilley
Dripping Springs
Hallettsville
Jonestown
Port Aransas
Port O’Connor
Round Top

Congratulations to the recipient libraries and thank you to the foundation!

FEMA Request for Public Assistance Deadline is October 31st

From the TSLAC website:

The Request for Public Assistance (RPA) deadline is now 5:00 pm, Oct. 31, 2017. This is a critical deadline and supersedes any previous deadlines provided by the State. If your arts organization, cultural institution, or government entity misses it, you miss the opportunity to be considered for, and possibly receive, federal disaster assistance. Please do not pre-judge your organization about its eligibility. It’s most important that you file that RPA now. If, for some reason, your organization turns out not to be eligible, it will at least help FEMA know who and where you are so we can determine if other resources can be brought to bear to help you.

The FEMA News Release about the October 31 RPA deadline can be found at https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2017/10/07/deadline-governmental-jurisdictions-and-private-nonprofits-request-0.

Questions? Contact lori.foley@fema.dhs.gov or angela.rayne@fema.dhs.gov.

TSLAC opens “Rebuilding Texas Libraries” Disaster Relief Grants Program

From the TSLAC website:

Rebuilding Texas Libraries Grants

These grants funds Texas library services and programs to aid libraries that sustained damage by Hurricane Harvey in August 2017. They assist libraries in restoring services and programs to their patrons.

This grant program will fund operating expenditures such as library supplies and materials, technology, furniture, and contractual services. To be eligible, grant expenses must be reasonable and in accordance with appropriate state or local operating policies and procedures. Further, all grant expenses must be designed to respond directly to the disaster.

For further information on grant amount, eligible activities, and libraries that are eligible to recieve funds, please visit this page of the TSLAC website.

TSLAC to offer “Rebuilding Texas Libraries” Disaster Relief Grants

From Mark Smith, Director of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission:

On September 18 we will open applications for “Rebuilding Texas Libraries,” disaster relief grants to public, school, and academic libraries in Texas counties affected by Hurricane Harvey. We will make at least $300,000 in Library Services and Technology Act Funds available to libraries in counties declared a disaster area or a sheltering jurisdiction by Governor Greg Abbott.

More information on Rebuilding Texas Libraries grants in included in this press release issued today:https://www.tsl.texas.gov/news/2017/tslac_disaster_relief__grant

We appreciate the flexibility and support of the Institute for Museum and Library Services for working with us to be able to make these funds available on an emergency basis. Guidelines will be issued on September 18 and streamlined grant applications will be due by October 16.

Nellie Pederson Civic Library Receives $4,000 Grant from Texas New Mexico Power

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Shared from Bosque County Today:

“The Nellie Pederson Civic Library in Clifton recently received a grant from the Texas-New Mexico Power Fund for children’s books. The $4,000 grant awarded last month is for the purchase of 150 books and 30 audio books for juvenile-age readers and young children in the Clifton area. Raymond Zuehlke, president of the Nellie Pederson Civic Library’s advisory board, thanked the Power Fund for helping expand the library’s services to the next generation of readers.”

Check out the Texas New Mexico Power website for more information on their future grant opportunities.

TSLAC Accepting FY2017 Family Place Project Applications

TSLAC is currently accepting applications for participation in the Family Place Libraries Project. I recently got to tour the Round Rock Public Library children’s area after they became a Family Place Library and it looks wonderful! Children and caregivers were playing and reading together. Here is just some of the work they have done.

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In the low shelves along the window, they have lots of building toys, puzzles, and puppets. In the shelves along the wall to the left is their Parenting Collection of books that has seen a lot of circulation. In addition to creating this space, they reorganized other areas that opened up more space and made their board books more visible. The staff seemed quite pleased with their participation in the program.

 

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Their Teen Volunteers, or Volunteens as I like to call them, were ready to sign patrons up to participate in their Summer Reading Program.

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Here I am (middle) with TSLAC Youth Services Consultant Christine McNew and RRPL Youth Services Manager Theresa Faris.

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Isn’t their Children’s Desk lovely?

See the note from Christine McNew below about applying to the Family Place Library Project. Let me know if you have any questions or would like to be put in touch with another participating library to get more information.

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission’s Family Place Libraries(tm) Project <http://www.tsl.texas.gov/news/2015/family_place.html> helps public libraries address early learning with an aim of ensuring that all children enter school ready and able to learn. The Project provides funding for two staff from participating Texas libraries to travel to the Middle Country Public Library (MCPL) in New York for the three-day Family Place Libraries(tm) Training Institute on the core elements of the program, and 3 years of follow-up and support by MCPL staff.

Applications for the FY 2017 Family Place Libraries(tm) Project are now being accepted. Twenty-four Texas libraries will be selected to attend the Family Place Libraries(tm) Training Institute between Sept. 1, 2016 and Aug. 31, 2017. Qualified applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Libraries must complete this Application and Agreement , https://www.tsl.texas.gov/sites/default/files/public/tslac/ld/FY%2017%20TSLAC%20FPL%20Agreement%20Form3.pdf> and email it to Christine McNew, Project Coordinator at cmcnew@tsl.texas.gov.

Tuition for the Institute and follow-up support are provided through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (2017). After attending the Institute, participating Texas libraries are eligible for a grant of $6000 from State funds to develop their Family Place Libraries(tm) program. Participating libraries pay for travel expenses to New York, and the Tocker Foundation <http://www.tocker.org/> has funded travel costs for libraries in communities serving populations of less than 12,000.

Family Place Libraries(tm) is a network of children’s librarians nationwide who believe that literacy begins at birth and that libraries can help build healthy communities by nourishing healthy families which you can do with a good diet and by order Kratom online and other supplements for the health of your family. Family Place Libraries(tm) promotes a national model for transforming public libraries into welcoming, developmentally appropriate early learning environments for very young children, their parents, and caregivers. Based on research about the importance of early brain development, Family Place Libraries(tm) supports the essential role of parents as first teachers and addresses the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive aspects of child development to help build a foundation for learning during the critical first years of life. By partnering and working with other social, health and educational services providers, the Family Place model positions libraries as key early childhood and family support organizations within the local community. To learn more about Family Place Libraries(tm), please visit the Family Place Libraries(tm) website <http://www.familyplacelibraries.org/> .

For more information, please contact:
Christine McNew, Youth Services Consultant
Texas State Library and Archives Commission
cmcnew at tsl.texas.gov / 512-463-4856

 

Texas State Law Library Proposal for Knight News Challenge on Libraries

The Knight Foundation recently announced the Knight News Challenge on Libraries. The topic this year is How might libraries serve 21st century information needs? This is an open call for ideas focused on advancing libraries to better serve individuals and communities in the 21st century.  There are currently 17 more days to submit a proposal for the first round of reviews.

The Texas State Law Library has requested funding to support their efforts in the Access to Justice movement. The library’s mission is to make legal information available for all Texans. Technology allows digital legal resources to be available statewide via the State Law Library’s web portal.

The State Law Library’s proposal can be read here.

Applications for 2016 J. Frank Dobie Library Trust Awards Being Accepted Now

From the TSLAC blog:

Small public libraries, it’s time to apply for your 2016 J. Frank Dobie Library Trust Award grant now! Eligible public libraries serving populations under 20,000 can apply for cash grants to purchase books. Applications for the 2016 awards must be received before December 18, 2015.

Eligible libraries must: serve a population of 20,000 or less, be legally established, and be open for service at least 20 hours per week. Award amounts vary depending upon the net income of the Trust but as an example, in 2013, there were four awards of $8,000 each.

Announcement of the awards is made at the annual meeting of the Texas Library Association.
Get all the eligibility details and information about how to apply here.

Questions? Contact James B. Stewart, Chairman of the J. Frank Dobie Library Trust, by email at jbstew@suddenlink.net.

Gatesville project awarded TNMP Power Grant

The Gatesville Public Library is going to be expanding their 3D printing and purchasing more robotics kits with this wonderful new grant!

 

Press Release: July 7, 2015

Gatesville project awarded TNMP Power Grant

LEWISVILLE, Texas – A Gatesville Public Library project is one of seven from around Texas-New Mexico Power’s service area to be awarded an inaugural TNMP Power Grant.

The $3,727 grant will help to expand the library’s robotics program. The program was limited to 15 young people last year, but will expand to 25 kids and add 3D design and printing thanks to the grant.

“The technology we’ll be purchasing with the grant can put our kids and our adults on a level playing field with people in bigger cities in terms of developing their skills for the work force and preparing them for college,” said Faye Nichols, library director.

 

Supporting communities

The TNMP Fund in April introduced the grants to invest in our communities. The fund sought innovative and creative proposals that support the communities TNMP serves.

“We’re pleased to help expand this educational opportunity for young people in Gatesville,” said TNMP President Neal Walker. “We look forward to working with the library, seeing the projects and the impact they make.”

More than 50 qualified 501(c)3 nonprofits and municipalities applied for grants up to $5,000 each. A total of $30,000 in funding was awarded.

Funding priorities included:

  •  community safety.
  • economic development.
  • education.
  • environment.

 

Other recipient organizations & projects

  •  Alvin Community College Foundation, $5,000: Ten students meeting financial needs will receive $500 scholarships to complete vocational training and begin job interviews in their chosen industries.
  •  City of Emory, $5,000: Funding will go toward the purchase and installation of three bridges over a creek that will help complete a walking trail in a 12-acre park on land acquired in 2013.
  • Hamilton ISD, $3,861: Students in grades 1-8 will build a garden using Aquaponics, which uses nutrient-rich fish tank water to provide plant food to vegetables and herbs in grow beds as can yield up to 20 times more produce than growth in traditional soil.
  • College of the Mainland, $4,830: Twenty pair of high-quality, water-resistant binoculars will be purchased to enable biology and geology students at the Texas City school to study nesting birds around Galveston Bay. Students in an over-50 continuing education program also will use the binoculars for similar projects.
  • M.I. Lewis Social Service Center, $2,582: Additional groceries will be purchased from the Galveston County Food Bank for scheduled deliveries to 40 homebound senior citizens in the Dickinson area.
  • City of Nocona, $5,000: Expansion of the current basic recycling program to enhance rural residents a single drop-off location for all household recyclables.

TNMP is a transmission and distribution service provider that delivers power to about 236,000 homes and businesses on behalf of retail electric providers in Texas. More information is available at tnmp.com/about.

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