The Texas Book Festival (TBF) was founded in 1995. Since then, it has been a part of the Texas Book Festival’s mission to promote Texas libraries and literacy. Each year, funds raised at the annual Texas Book Festival support grants that are distributed the following year. Since 1996, the organization has donated more than $2.5 million to more than 600 libraries across Texas. Click here to see past winners.|
2013 Library Grant Winners:
- Arlington Public Library
- Bastrop Public Library
- Bay City Public Library
- Dr. Hector P. Garcia Memorial Library
- Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library
- Elgin Public Library
- Flower Mound Public Library
- Forest Hill Public Library
- Jacksonville Public Library
- Lakeshore Library
- McMullen Memorial Library
- Pauline & Jane Chilton Memorial Public Library
- T.L.L. Temple Memorial Library
- W.O. Haggard Library
- Wells Branch Community Library
- Woodland West Branch Library
TBF Library Grants are given in three categories:
- Technology Grants assist libraries in purchasing distance education equipment, upgrading internet connections, purchasing new or upgraded hardware and software for patrons’ use, or hiring IT consultants to assist in upgrading hardware, software, internet connections and security. This grant may also be used to provide training for patrons on specific software and to purchase or upgrade library check out systems. Technology grants are funded up to $5000.
- Collection Enhancement Grants support libraries in replacing worn books and adding new books to the collection. They serve to upgrade or increase book collections, e-books, books on CD, and special collections in support of community needs. Collection Enhancement Grants are funded up to $2500.
- Literacy Initiative Grants fund sustainable programs that increase literacy in the community. These programs can be targeted at a specific community or audience and can include funding for the materials required to support the literacy initiative. Literacy Initiative grants are funded up to $5000.
TBF raises funds to support these libraries through a variety of programs, events, and fundraising channels, including individual, corporate, and foundation grants and support.
The Texas Book Festival awards grants to support collection enhancement and to implement or continue innovative literacy and technology programs for our Texas public libraries. These grants greatly benefit the library and enable them to share the importance of literature with a wide variety of people in their community.
A library system may apply for up to four collections enhancement grants (with a maximum request per application). Please note, however, that only one collection enhancement grant application may be submitted per unique physical outlet. For example, a library system with a mail library and one branch may apply for up to two collection enhancement grants since the system has two physical outlets. A library with a single library facility (main outlet) may apply for only one.
Each library system regardless of the number of outlets may apply for one literacy grant and one technology grant (or either). So, any library system may apply for however many collection enhancement grants (up to a maximum of four) and a technology and/or literacy grant. The maximum number of application any library system may submit is six - four for collections (assuming there are four physical outlets), a technology grant, and a literacy grant.
How to Apply
Library Grant Applications are now closed for the 2012-2013 grant cycle. Applications for the 2013-2014 grant cycle will be available in November 2013.