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TSLAC opens “Rebuilding Texas Libraries” Disaster Relief Grants Program

2017 September 18
by Erica McCormick

Applications Due: October 16, 2017

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) is now accepting applications from public, school, and academic libraries in Texas counties affected by Hurricane Harvey for its “Rebuilding Texas Libraries” disaster relief grants. Grant guidelines and the application are available  on the TSLAC website at tsl.texas.gov/rebuilding-texas-libraries.

Libraries in the counties declared a disaster area or a sheltering jurisdiction by Governor Greg Abbott will be eligible to receive up to $5,000 per affected location, with a maximum of $25,000 for libraries with multiple affected branches. Eligible libraries can apply for funds for either recovery from losses sustained in the storm and subsequent flooding or to provide library-related emergency services to persons impacted by the storm.

TSLAC is making approximately $300,000 available for the grants from Library Services and Technology Act funds allocated to Texas by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. Libraries will be able to use the funds to purchase books and other library materials, technology, furniture, and contractual services to speed their recovery.

“We are eager to assist Texas libraries in recovering from this devastating storm,” said Mark Smith, TSLAC Director and Librarian. “Libraries are an essential service that the community relies upon in times of crisis. We want to help them to return to full capacity so they may fulfill that vital role,” Smith said.

Applications are due on October 16, and may be submitted via e-mail, fax, or mail. Grants will be awarded by November 3. Libraries will have until the end of January to spend the funds.

For more information, please contact Erica McCormick, Grants Administrator, via e-mail at emccormick@tsl.texas.gov, or Stacey Malek, Program Coordinator, via e-mail at smalek@tsl.texas.gov.

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