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Family Place Libraries Grant Opportunity: There is Still Time to Apply!

2018 December 3
by Bethany Wilson

There is still plenty of time to create and submit your grant application for the FY19 Family Place Libraries opportunity. If you are interested in submitting an application for the grant, please do so by close of business on Friday, Dec. 14. 

The purpose of this grant is to create a welcoming, family-centered environment that empowers caregivers of young children as they become their child’s first teachers. This grant will provide funding for the equipment and training necessary for each library to:

  • Host workshops for children 0-3 and their caregivers.
  • Develop an interactive space for this age group to play and learn in the library.
  • Forge strong partnerships with community organizations serving young children and their families.

The feedback we receive from our established Family Place Libraries is important to us, and we value your commitment to the program and your desire to see it grow. Based on your suggestions, I am happy to announce that TSLAC will also be offering established, qualified, Family Place Libraries the opportunity to apply for funding to  expand the Family Place program into one additional branch in your library system this fiscal year.

If chosen to participate in the 2019 cohort, new and expansion libraries can expect to send staff members to training either March 25-28 or May 6-9. Following training, TSLAC will reimburse participating libraries up to $6,000 to buy the supplies necessary to launch a successful Family Place Library location at their facility.

NOTE: If you do not have an account with the Texas State Library & Archives Commission Grants Management System, please contact Bethany Wilson, Youth Services Consultant, at 512-463-4856 or bwilson@tsl.texas.gov and I will get you set up.

As you prepare to apply for the grant, please pay close attention to the appropriate Notice of Funding Opportunity documents:

NEW Family Place Library Notice of Funding Opportunity
EXPANSION Family Place Library Notice of Funding Opportunity

Inside, you will find information on eligibility requirements as well as a scoring matrix that will provide guidance on the best information to include in your application to ensure the best scoring outcome. We also strongly suggest that you watch the free webinar: Applying for TSLAC Competitive Grants: What You Need to Know for FY 2018 to assist you as you make your way through the application. I’ll be releasing a new webinar specific to the Family Place grant in the coming weeks with additional information about the application process.

IMPORTANT!! When you reach the budget portion of your application, you are only required to fill in the line specific to Materials & Supplies. In the space for a description, please type in “Recommended Family Place Supplies.” The dollar amount should be $6,000. The links below will take you to the GMS site so you can log in to begin your application:

BEGIN FY19 NEW FAMILY PLACE LIBRARY GRANT APPLICATION

BEGIN FY19 EXPANSION FAMILY PLACE LIBRARY GRANT APPLICATION

If you have questions about Family Place Libraries in Texas or need assistance with the application process, please contact Bethany Wilson at bwilson@tsl.texas.gov , 512-463-4856 or 800-252-9386 (toll-free for Texas). This project is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.

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