2019 TSLAC competitive grant cycle is now open

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission has opened its 2019 competitive grants cycle. Applications are due March 8, 2018.

The agency expects $1.7 million to be available in federal funds from the U. S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to support programs running from September 2018-August 2019. More than $2.1 million in federal funds was awarded for 68 grants for the FY 2018 grant period, which ends August 31, 2018. Lists of current and past subrecipients are available on TSLAC’s website.

Eligible Texas public and academic libraries can apply for up to six projects with maximum grant awards ranging from $10,000 to $75,000. While they are not eligible to apply directly, other entities, such as nonprofit and community organizations and school districts can partner with eligible libraries. Collaborative projects, as well as those focusing on community engagement, are strongly encouraged.

The following grant programs are now accepting applications:

Texas Reads — To promote reading and literacy in local communities through public libraries (up to $10,000 per award)

Impact — To encourage libraries to create or expand innovative programming and services in three  focus areas — Business/Workforce Development and Digital Literacy, Family and Early Childhood Literacy, and E-content Access and Delivery  (up to $10,000 per award)

Special Projects — To expand library services to all members of the library’s community, including developing programs for populations with special needs (up to $75,000 per award)

TexTreasures — To make special or unique collections more accessible to library users and researchers across Texas and beyond (Basic: up to $7,500; Original: up to $25,000 for single applicants, up to $35,000 for collaborative projects)

Program guidelines are available on the TSLAC website. For more information, contact Erica McCormick, TSLAC’s competitive grants administrator, at grants@tsl.texas.gov, 512-463-5527 or 800-252-9386 (toll-free for Texas).

TSLAC recommends that potential applicants attend and/or view the following webinars:
• 2019 Funding Opportunities – TSLAC Competitive Grants – Wednesday, January 24, 2018; 1:30-2:30 p.m. (archived)
• Applying for TSLAC Grants: What You Need To Know for FY 2019 – Wednesday, January 31, 2018; 1:30-3 p.m.

Program changes
Those familiar with TSLAC grants will notice the absence of the Library Cooperation Grant. The Library Cooperation Grant will no longer accept applications for new projects as it winds down to make way for new grant programs. TSLAC will allow 2018 Library Cooperation grantees to apply for a second or third year of funding as allowed under the program.

TSLAC has also added a program under its competitive grant umbrella — the Family Place Libraries™ Project. Implemented at TSLAC in 2015, the Family Place Libraries™ Project has helped 57 Texas libraries develop Family Place Library spaces. Family Place Libraries™ promote a national model for transforming public libraries into welcoming, developmentally appropriate early learning environments for young children, their parents, and caregivers. The Family Place Libraries™ grant cycle runs on a different schedule from the other grant programs. For more information on upcoming application cycles or the program itself, please contact Bethany Wilson at bwilson@tsl.texas.gov, 512-463-4856, or 800-252-9386 (toll-free for Texas).

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