Seeking Grant Reviewers; Express Interest by March 12

As you may know, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) offers grants to libraries in several categories. In fact, our 2022 grant application cycle is closing soon.

Part of the process of awarding competitive grants includes a peer review of applications.

Reviewers are tasked with reviewing and scoring grant applications for funding awards from TSLAC. To learn more about our current grant programs, see: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ldn/grants/programs.

Reviewers must commit to the following minimum requirements:

  • Serving a two-year term (one renewal is allowed for a total of four (4) years;
  • Reviewing 10-30 grant applications within a specified time period according to established criteria. The typical time period is 4-5 weeks from April-May; and
  • Attending a review panel meeting in May to finalize scores and recommendations. Meetings may be held in person in Austin or via teleconference depending on the grant category. Meeting dates will be determined based on best availability of reviewers. TSLAC does not reimburse travel costs.

Please note that an individual cannot serve as a reviewer for a grant category in which their affiliated institution has submitted a grant application.

Reviewers must have the support of their institution to perform review tasks and attend the meeting.

If you are interested in serving as a peer reviewer on a TSLAC grant review panel, please contact Bethany Wilson by March 12 via e-mail at grants@tsl.texas.gov. Please provide your full name, institutional affiliation, contact information, and grant categories of interest — Texas Reads, TexTreasures. LSTA (Special Projects and Regional ILS). Indication of interest does not guarantee placement on a review panel.

Thank you for your consideration.

Bethany Wilson, Grants Administrator | Texas State Library and Archives Commission

800.252.9386 (toll free) or 512.463.5527 | fax 512.936.2306 | PO Box 12927 Austin, TX 78711-2927

FY 2022 TSLAC Competitive Grant Programs are OPEN for Application

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The FY22 TSLAC Competitive Grant applications are now open in the TSLAC Grants Management System. The 2022 TSLAC grant offerings include Texas Reads, TexTreasures, Special Projects, and Regional ILS Collaborative grants. Grant guidelines for each program as well as specific information about the application process, past recipients, and additional resources are available on the TSLAC Grants and Funding webpage. Applications will be due March 1, 2021.

Accredited Texas public and academic libraries are eligible to apply annually for TSLAC competitive grants for local programming if funding allows. Libraries curious about specific TSLAC competitive grants and the application process are encouraged to review the Notice of Funding Opportunities for each grant program. It is also highly encouraged that applicants view the webinar, Applying for TSLAC Competitive Grants: What you Need to Know for FY 2022 linked below and located on the TSLAC archived webinar page.

Applying for TSLAC Competitive Grants: What You Need to Know for FY 2022

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Deadline Approaching for TSLAC CARES Grant Program

The deadline to apply for the TSLAC CARES Grant Program is approaching soon! The first round of funding is closing on Sunday, May 31, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Please be sure to submit your completed applications and all required documents by the deadline.

The goal of the TSLAC CARES Grant Program is to:

  • Fund the expansion of digital access in areas of Texas where such access is lacking, including the purchase of internet-enabled devices and provisions for technical support services in response to the disruption of schooling and other community services during the COVID-19 emergency.
  • Fund efforts that prevent, prepare for, and respond to situations arising from the COVID-19 emergency.

Funding is provided by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). TSLAC will conduct at least two grant cycles utilizing CARES Act funds with approximately $250,000 expected to be available for Cycle 1. Funding can be utilized retroactively to cover expenses incurred beginning April 21, 2020. Please note that expenses incurred before April 21, 2020 are not eligible for reimbursement.

Questions?
Please visit our TSLAC CARES Grant Program webpage for more application and more information. If you have questions or need assistance with the application process, please contact Bethany Wilson, Grants Administrator at bwilson@tsl.texas.gov.

TSLAC CARES Grant Program is accepting applications!

On Friday, May 8, 2020, Bethany Wilson, TSLAC Grants Administrator, and Erica McCormick, TSLAC Program Coordinator, provided a webinar to cover the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) CARES Grant Program. In this webinar, our TSLAC staff provided a funding overview, as well as important details about the grant program and award information. They also answered questions from attendees and provided instructions on how to apply for the grant.

If you missed this webinar, don’t worry! Visit the TSLAC archived webinars page to access the recording and accompanying slides. Please note that registration is required to access this free recording.

About the TSLAC CARES Grant Program

TSLAC CARES Grant Program will fund community needs identified by Texas libraries in areas of digital access and inclusion. Funding can go towards programs, training, and tools necessary to increase community access to vital digital technologies and services. Additionally, funds may be utilized for library initiatives that support prevention, preparation, and response to the COVID-19 emergency. This project is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to TSLAC under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.

TSLAC CARES Grant program is OPEN and accepting applications for the first cycle of funding. Completed applications and all required documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Central Time, Sunday, May 31, 2020.

To learn more about the TSLAC CARES Grant Program, please visit www.tsl.texas.gov/ldn/cares and if you have questions about the TSLAC CARES Grant Program or need assistance with the application process, please contact Bethany Wilson, Grants Administrator at bwilson@tsl.texas.gov.

Applications NOW BEING ACCEPTED for $200 Lone Star Día Grants from First Book

The Texas Center for the Book has partnered with First Book to help libraries and literacy nonprofits celebrate Children’s Day, Book Day!

The Lone Star Día Grant program is open to libraries and literacy nonprofit organizations serving children in need. We invite you to apply for a $200 credit toward brand new books from the First Book Marketplace to help support your upcoming Día celebration in April 2020!

To learn more about the guidelines and application process, visit our Lone Star Día page.

Please note, grants are awarded in the order they are received. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible. We have a limited number of Amazon gift cards to share with libraries and literacy nonprofits that do not qualify for First Book Marketplace. Therefore, be sure to both sign up with First Book and fill out the Lone Star Día Grant application to qualify.

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Book Grants Available, Spring 2020

Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants – Applications due Friday Jan. 31

We are passing this information on for our friends at the Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT). Please direct any questions to the EMIERT team.

Attention underfunded libraries, schools, and non-traditional organizations that provide educational services to children: You are invited to apply to receive one of three Coretta Scott King Book Donation Grants. The grant program provides books that have been submitted for consideration for the Coretta Scott King Book Awards to libraries and other organizations to expand their collections. Each year, three organizations are selected that demonstrate the need and potential benefit from receiving the collection. All three libraries will receive copies of more than 80 titles submitted for consideration for the 2020 awards.

For more information about criteria and guidelines, visit The Coretta Scott King Book Awards Donation Grant page.

Applications must be received by Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, at 4 p.m. Central Time.

TSLAC opens new competitive grant cycle; applications due Feb. 29, 2020

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Texas libraries will be happy for their gift of the extra time they will have to write their next TSLAC grant proposals. The agency released the grant guidelines and opened the application cycle for the 2021 grants earlier this month. This change allows applicants an additional 3-4 weeks to prepare their applications which will be due Feb. 29, 2020.

Accredited Texas public and academic libraries are eligible to apply annually for TSLAC competitive grants for local programming if funding allows.

The 2021 TSLAC grant offerings include Texas Reads, TexTreasures, Special Projects, and Regional ILS Collaborative grants. In addition, TSLAC is also accepting applications for the second round of the Library Grantsmanship Academy which provides eligible libraries grantsmanship training and potential for a grant award in FY 2022.  Libraries curious about specific TSLAC competitive grants are encouraged  to  review the upcoming grant offerings and requirements. TSLAC recently held several webinars discussing the 2021 grant programs. All are available for review on the TSLAC archived webinar page.

2021 Funding Opportunities – TSLAC Competitive Grants – What’s New

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Applying for 2020 TSLAC Library Services for Border Cities Grant

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Applying for TSLAC Competitive Grants: What You Need to Know for FY 2021

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Tocker Foundation Grant Deadlines

We are passing this information on for our friends at the Tocker Foundation. Please make any inquiries directly via https://tocker.org/contact/.

The Tocker Foundation has two application deadlines approaching; the following information is from the Tocker Foundation website.

January 2020 Library Grant applications due Jan. 15

https://tocker.org/library-grants/general-library-grants/

“Through our philanthropic efforts, the board members have seen inroads made towards many improvements in services and programs in the library. Expanded patron spaces, library automation, computer/internet accessibility, updated collections and a variety of social services all contribute to the rural library’s role as a community anchor and gathering place.

Past grants have supported collection development, technology and hardware, programming, furniture and shelving, outreach and many other projects initiated by the community’s patrons. Grant applications are evaluated twice a year by a permanent, appointed committee of the Texas Library Association. The board of directors makes all final decisions.”

TLA 2020 Stipend applications due Jan. 20

https://tocker.org/library-grants/professional-development-grants/

“The Tocker Foundation is pleased to provide travel stipends for staff at rural libraries to attend the TLA’s annual conference. Attendees will enjoy opportunities to learn from experts in the field, find new vendors in the exhibit hall, network with their peers, hear from authors as well gain valuable CEU’s at designated sessions.

Library staff in towns of 12,000 or less qualify to apply for this grant. First-time attendees are given priority in this grant selection. Apply early to plan for a full experience at the conference.”

Financial Success for Libraries Workshop Resources

New Braunfels Public Library hosted a workshop for library directors and board members of non-profit libraries and library districts on November 6. Representatives from twelve area libraries attended the training.

There were presentations from Karin Gerstenhaber, Tocker Foundation; Laurie Mahaffey, CTLS, Inc.; Katherine Adelberg, Valicia Greenwood and Stacey Malek from Texas State Library; as well as a Q&A with a panel made up of library directors Maggie Goodman, Johnson City Library; Dianna Landes, Lakehills Area Library; and Jeanie Lively, Salado Public Library District; and Lakehills Area Library board member Barbara Hover.

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Many participants were surprised at the quantity of helpful resources were available for funding sources, 2020 Census participation, and how much assistance was available to them through the Texas State Library. Although the workshop targeted libraries that were established outside of a city or a county, most of the information is useful to directors in public libraries of all types.

Here are links to the presentations and resources:

Contact LDN staff at ld@tsl.texas.gov for more information.

RIPL 2020 scholarship for small and rural public libraries; Deadline is Nov. 22

We wanted to share the following scholarship opportunity from our friends at RIPL.

Do you work in a rural and small public library and want to attend RIPL 2020? Fifteen scholarships are available to staff working in rural and small libraries that cover the registration fee, lodging, all meals during the event, and up to $500 in travel expenses.

Learn more about this opportunity here: https://www.lrs.org/ripl-2020-travel-scholarship-opportunity-for-staff-working-in-small-and-rural-public-libraries/.

The application deadline is November 22, 2019.