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Grants Administrator
Phone: 512-463-5527
800-252-9386 (toll free)
Fax: 512-936-2306
E-mail: grants@tsl.texas.gov

About the Texas Supports Libraries (TSL) Grant Program

The Texas Supports Libraries Grant Program is designed to help communities respond directly and immediately to the pandemic as well as to related economic and community needs through equitable approaches. Spending priorities are as follows:

  1. Enabling Texas libraries to reach residents through digital inclusion efforts, particularly in support of education, health, and workforce development needs. 
  2. Equipping Texas libraries to safely respond to the pandemic by implementing public health protocols. 
  3. Supporting Texas library services that meet the needs of communities, including costs such as personnel, technology, training, materials, supplies, equipment, accessibility, translation services, and associated indirect costs.

Please email the Grants Administrator with any questions regarding eligibility at grants@tsl.texas.gov.


Step 1: Prepare

  • Download and read the following document:
  • Make sure you have an active login for the Grants Management System (GMS). If you do not have an account with the Texas State Library & Archives Commission Grants Management System, please contact the Grants Adminstrator, at grants@tsl.texas.gov.

Step 2: Review

The questions below are  the questions you will be asked to answer on the Texas Supports Libraries grant application. Pay specific attention to the rubric on pages 8-9 of the Notice of Funding Opportunity to see how your responses will be scored.

  1. Needs Assessment: Describe the community you serve using demographic statistics, library records, survey data, or other sources. Describe the circumstances that created the need for this program in the community. Describe the program goals and the target audience.
  2. Program Design: Describe the services, programs, and activities that you will create and provide to the community.
  3. Project Impact: Describe the impact your project will have on the community and how it will meet the need you have identified in the community.
  4. Timetable: Present a detailed timetable for how you intend to roll out all project activities within the grant timeline.
  5. Budget: Please indicate what items and/or services the library will purchase. Provide justification for purchases and provide relevant documentation verifying stated costs. If exact quantity and/or cost information is unavailable, please provide an estimate.

Step 3: Apply

  • You may apply through the TSLAC Grant Management System (GMS) or by email or mail by completing  this fillable PDF APPLICATION.
  • Write your responses to the grant application questions in a word processing program (Microsoft Word, etc) then copy-paste them into the fields in the GMS.
  • Build time into your schedule to collect the appropriate signature on the Grant Application Certification Form. We understand that these signatures may prove difficult to obtain given the present situation. We are willing to work with you if you let us know you may run into difficulties with this task. 

 FAQ: Grant Application Process

How do I get set-up in GMS or make changes to my current GMS account?

If you need a GMS account or need to make changes to an existing GMS account, please fill out THIS FORM and email it to grants@tsl.texas.gov with your request. Someone will contact you with further information concerning your request. 

How do I submit my grant application? 

Grant applications and required documents can be submited electronically, using:

  • TSLAC's grant managment system (GMS). TSLAC uses a grant management system or GMS that enables applicants to apply for grants electronically through a web portal at Home - TSLAC (texas.gov)
  • By email. Email application and required documents to the TSLAC Grant Administrator, via email at grants@tsl.texas.gov. The e-mail should reference “Texas Supports Strong Libraries Grant” in the subject line. 
  • By mail. Mail submissions must be postmarked by October 1, 2021. Please send mail submissions to: 

Texas Supports Strong Libraries Grant
Texas State Library and Archives Commision
Library Development & Networking Division
PO Box 12927
Austin, Texas 78701

What needs to be in my grant application? 

The grant application consists of the following components:

1.     Application Certification Form signed by appropriate signing authority.
2.     Program narrative and budget.
3.     Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) certification form .

Before submitting an application, the applicant organization must have a current and active D-U-N-S® Number. Information on how to obtain a DUNS number may be found on D&B’s website. Obtaining a DUNS number is free.

Where can I find the Grant Application Certification Form in GMS? 

Your Grant Application Certification Form is located within your GMS application. It is pre-populated with your information as you fill out your application. Below is a screenshot of where you can locate your Grant Application Certfication Form within your GMS application. Print it out, have it signed by your governing authority, and upload it to your grant application in GMS as a note.


What is a CIPA form and where can I find one?

The Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) was enacted by Congress in 2000 to address concerns about children's access to obscene or harmful content over the internet. Compliance with CIPA is a requirement for libraries using TSLAC grant funding to provide access to the internet. 

Who can submit the grant for the library? 

Any individual authorized to use GMS and having the correct security role will be able to submit the application in GMS. Applicants will be required to submit the signed application certification form. The application certification form must be signed by an individual authorized to enter into contracts with the State of Texas (e.g., county judge, city manager, etc.). 


Page last modified: September 14, 2021