Tocker Foundation Grants

History

The Tocker Foundation was established in 1964 to implement the philanthropic interests of Phillip and Olive Tocker. Phillip Tocker was a practicing attorney but changed careers in his later years by purchasing the Waco outdoor advertising plant and later expanding to own outdoor advertising plants throughout the United States. His vocational career culminated to the position of President of the Outdoor Advertising Association of America. After retiring to Austin in 1973, Phillip and Olive Tocker actively pursued their avocations. Phillip and Olive Tocker endowed the foundation with their estates in 1994 and 1993 respectively.

In 1992 the foundation board decided to focus grant distribution to small rural libraries in Texas serving a population of 12,000 or less. The direction is to assist libraries in making services more accessible to individuals who by reason of distance, residence, handicap, age, literacy level or other disadvantage are unable to receive the benefits of public library services. Grants are distributed to assisting libraries to serve as community information referral centers and provide literacy and bilingual programs. The Foundation partners with community libraries to meet the particular needs of the community.



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Partners

Breckenridge Public Library
11,914
Cuero Public Library
6,722
Timpson Public Library
6,314
Sweetwater/Nolan County City-County Library
6,266
Dublin Public Library
6,259
Nellie Pederson Civic Library
6,006
Bastrop Public Library
5,767
Gladys Johnson Ritchie Library
5,485
Livingston Municipal Library
5,177
Hondo Public Library
4,884
Coleman Public Library
4,424
Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library
4,415
Singletary Memorial Library
4,413
West Public Library
4,310
Palacios Library
4,078
Swisher County Library
3,977
Atlanta Public Library
3,872
Archer Public Library
3,732
Shamrock Public Library
3,552
Crosby County Public Library
3,489
Gaines County Library
3,246
Reagan County Library
3,219
Stonewall County Library
3,083
Taft Public Library
2,855
Rains County Library
2,466
Harrie P. Woodson Memorial Library
2,381
Stella Hill Memorial Library
2,170
Silsbee Public Library
1,949
Sinton Public Library
1,904
Gibbs Memorial Library
1,888
Llano County Public Library
1,878
Mineola Memorial Library
1,619
Carl and Mary Welhausen Library
1,595
Dennis M. O’Connor Public Library
1,483
Carson County Library
1,387
Jackson County Memorial Library
1,276
Bicentennial City County Library
1,174
Red River County Public Library
1,035
Baylor County Free Library
1,004
Texas Southern University
973
Bandera Public Library
776
Ed & Hazel Richmond Public Library
744
Schulenburg Public Library
693
Higgins Public Library
684
The Library of Graham
657
Meridian Public Library
620
Kerens Public Library
610
Comanche Public Library
588
Austin Memorial Library
575
Bowie Public Library
494
Wharton County Library
485
Lampasas Public Library
471
Eastland Centennial Memorial Library
437
Harper Library
366
Delta County Public Library
365
FM Buck Richards Library
313
McGinley Memorial Public Library
293
Van Zandt County Library
266
Winkler County Library
203
Bonham Public Library
201
Reber Memorial Library
199
Sammy Brown Library
139
UNT Libraries
22
Depot Public Library
20
Alvord Public Library
16
City of Clarendon
13
Nesbitt Memorial Library
1

Counties

Stephens County, TX
11,914
DeWitt County, TX
8,317
Bosque County, TX
6,627
Cherokee County, TX
6,583
Shelby County, TX
6,314
Nolan County, TX
6,266
Erath County, TX
6,259
Bastrop County, TX
5,767
San Patricio County, TX
5,522
Jack County, TX
5,485
Polk County, TX
5,177
Medina County, TX
4,884
McLennan County, TX
4,601
Coleman County, TX
4,424
Milam County, TX
4,415
Matagorda County, TX
4,078
Swisher County, TX
3,977
Archer County, TX
3,728
Wheeler County, TX
3,552
Crosby County, TX
3,489
Gaines County, TX
3,246
Reagan County, TX
3,219
Stonewall County, TX
3,083
Rains County, TX
2,466
Cass County, TX
2,396
Burleson County, TX
2,381
Hardin County, TX
1,949
Limestone County, TX
1,888
Llano County, TX
1,878
Wood County, TX
1,619
Refugio County, TX
1,479
Morris County, TX
1,475
Carson County, TX
1,387
Jackson County, TX
1,276
Cottle County, TX
1,174
Red River County, TX
1,035
Baylor County, TX
1,004
Bandera County, TX
776
Fayette County, TX
694
Lipscomb County, TX
684
Young County, TX
657
Navarro County, TX
610
Comanche County, TX
588
Liberty County, TX
575
Montague County, TX
494
Wharton County, TX
485
Lampasas County, TX
471
Eastland County, TX
436
Gillespie County, TX
366
Delta County, TX
365
McCulloch County, TX
314
Van Zandt County, TX
266
Winkler County, TX
203
Fannin County, TX
201
Willacy County, TX
199
Harris County, TX
158
Panola County, TX
139
Travis County, TX
112
Throckmorton County, TX
24
Dallas County, TX
18
Wise County, TX
16
Donley County, TX
13
Cook County, IL
10
Los Angeles County, CA
10
Middlesex County, MA
9
Bexar County, TX
6
Fulton County, GA
5
Suffolk County, MA
5
Hamilton County, OH
4
Philadelphia County, PA
4
Victoria County, TX
4
Baltimore County, MD
3
Cuyahoga County, OH
3
Denver County, CO
3
Miami-Dade County, FL
3
Allegheny County, PA
2
Chaves County, NM
2
Collin County, TX
2
Davidson County, TN
2
Duval County, TX
2
Greenbrier County, WV
2
Hartford County, CT
2
Jefferson County, KY
2
Lake County, IN
2
Montgomery County, OH
2
Orleans Parish, LA
2
Pima County, AZ
2
Shelby County, TN
2
Alameda County, CA
1
Arlington County, VA
1
Cameron County, TX
1
Chittenden County, VT
1
Douglas County, NE
1
Galveston County, TX
1
Harrison County, TX
1
Jackson County, MO
1
Kings County, NY
1
Knox County, OH
1
Knox County, TX
1
La Plata County, CO
1
Lancaster County, NE
1
Lubbock County, TX
1
Midland County, TX
1
Multnomah County, OR
1
Nassau County, NY
1
New London County, CT
1
Oklahoma County, OK
1
Ontario County, NY
1
Orange County, CA
1
Orange County, NY
1
Potter County, TX
1
Queens County, NY
1
Richland County, SC
1
Santa Barbara County, CA
1
Tarrant County, TX
1
Taylor County, TX
1
Walker County, TX
1
Washington County, AR
1
Wayne County, MI
1

Titles (expand list)

Breckenridge American
10,893
The Cuero Record
5,915
The Clifton Record
5,852
Sweetwater Reporter
5,754
The Hondo Anvil Herald
4,767
The Bastrop Advertiser
4,670
The Dublin Progress
4,598
Polk County Enterprise
4,457
The Tulia Herald
3,977
Palacios Beacon
3,922
The West News
3,878
The Shamrock Texan
3,395
Timpson Daily Times
3,303
The Crosbyton Review
3,243
The Big Lake Wildcat
3,219
The Seminole Sentinel
3,193
The Archer County News
2,996
The Rockdale Reporter and Messenger
2,984
The Aspermont Star
2,982
The Jacksboro Gazette
2,771
The Cherokeean
2,701
Coleman Democrat-Voice
2,495
Rains County Leader
2,466
The Taft Tribune
2,424
San Patricio County News
2,335
Timpson Weekly Times
2,280
The Alto Herald
1,985
Jacksboro Gazette-News
1,971
The Silsbee Bee
1,949
The Llano News
1,878
The Rusk Cherokeean
1,712
The Mexia Weekly Herald
1,578
The Caldwell News and The Burleson County Ledger
1,422
The Dublin Citizen
1,265
The Naples Monitor
1,260
The Paducah Post
1,174
The Cass County Sun
1,123
The Baylor County Banner
1,003
The Cameron Herald
977
Texas Senate Papers
973
The Bastrop Advertiser and County News
907
The Mineola Monitor
895
The Citizens Journal
893
The Panhandle Herald
864
The Yoakum Daily Herald
855
The Democrat-Voice
812
The Cuero Daily Record
807
The Detroit News-Herald
779
The Bandera Bulletin
776
The Edna Herald
760
Aransas Pass Progress
708
The Schulenburg Sticker
693
Refugio Timely Remarks
674
Graham Leader
657
The Meridian Tribune
618
The Kerens Tribune
609
The Jacksboro News
576
The Corrigan Press
569
Timpson & Tenaha News
564
The Caldwell News-Chronicle
542
Cat's Claw
520
Stephens County Sun
478
The Lampasas Leader
471
Coleman County Chronicle
427
Burleson County Ledger and News-Chronicle
417
Lipscomb Lime Light and Follett Times
406
Illustrated Paperboy
391
Coleman Daily Democrat-Voice
384
The West Weekly News
377
Cooper Review
365
Edna Weekly Herald
341
The Dublin Progress and Telephone
326
The Refugio Review
305
The Nolan County News
283
The Rockdale Reporter
278
Winnsboro Weekly News
275
The Dynamo
264
The State Herald
264
The Bowie Blade
253
The Comanche Chief and Pioneer Exponent
251
Crosby County News
246
The Sunday Record
245
The Brady Standard and Heart O' Texas News
244
Yoakum Weekly Herald
234
The Herald
229
Sweetwater Daily Reporter
223
The Harper News
221
The Coleman Voice
218
Yoakum Herald and Times
218
The Omaha Breeze
215
The Refugio County Record
215
Breckenridge Weekly Democrat
204
The Winkler County News
203
The Wharton Journal-Spectator
202
The Groom News
196
El Campo Citizen
195
The Bonham Daily Favorite
195
The Bastrop County Times
190
The Comanche Chief
190
The Alto Herald and The Wells News 'N Views
185
The Cleveland Advocate
181
The McGregor Mirror and Herald-Observer
177
Jackson County Herald-Tribune
175
The Rockdale Messenger
175
The Wood County Record
173
The Yoakum Weekly Times
173
The Jack County Herald
167
Archer County Advocate
161
Wheeler County Texan
157
White Deer News
157
Timpson News
154
White Deer Review
154
The Alliance Standard
151
The DeLeon Free Press
146
The Harper Herald
145
The Panola Watchman
139
Refugio County Press
136
The Atlanta News
136
Willacy County News
131
The Plain Dealer
128
The McGregor Mirror and the Crawford Sun
116
The Cisco Round-up
114
The Circle Register
105
The Weekly Herald
105
Canton Herald
104
The Timely Remarks
104
The Montague County Times
103
The Stonewall County Courier
101
Valley Mills Progress
101
Lipscomb Lime Light
94
Detroit Weekly
93
The Carbon News
92
Van Banner
91
The Anvil Herald
90
East Bernard Express
88
The Bowie Booster
85
The Coleman Daily Voice
80
The Clarksville Times
79
The Kiowa Valley Independent
79
The Stephens County Times
75
Van Zandt News
71
The Brady Herald
69
Raymondville Chronicle
68
The New Era
64
The Leader
63
The Dublin Shamrock News
59
Seminole News
53
The Bay City News
52
The Bosque County Record Tribune
52
Cisco Apert
50
Mexia Evening News
46
The Bogata Tribune
43
Trojan Tattler
39
Camp Hulen Searchlight
38
The Bowie News-Times
38
The Aransas Harbor Herald
36
The Woodsboro News
34
Fletcher's State Rights Farming
27
The Archer County Times
25
Throckmorton Tribune
24
The Linden Standard
21
The Corrigan Tribune
19
The Ingleside Index
19
The National Co-Operator
18
Panhandle Progress
16
The West Times
14
East Texas Light
13
Red River County Review
13
The Nocona News
11
The Dublin Weekly Telephone
9
The Mineola Daily Argus
9
The Yorktown News
9
The Coleman Democrat-Voice
8
The Palomar Kamper
7
Baptist Young People's Union Assembly News
6
Red River County News
6
The Bonham Herald
6
The Alliance Journal
5
Austwell Dispatch
4
Sweetwater Weekly Reporter
4
The Archer Dispatch
4
The Standard
4
The Annona News
3
The Eastland Chronicle
3
The Linden Alliance Standard
3
The Signal
3
Bosque Eagle
2
East Texas Pinery
2
Lion Express
2
New Duval
2
The Avenger
2
The Bogata News
2
The Bosque Globe
2
The Bowie Cross Timbers
2
The Clarksville Enterprise
2
The Refugio Register
2
The Victoria Daily Times
2
The Woodsboro Hustler
2
Alliance Courier
1
Capitol Tax Letter
1
Comanche Enterprise and Weekly Wilsonian
1
Erath County Democrat
1
Four-Star Cognac
1
IUD Agenda
1
Kerens Booster
1
Legislative Notes
1
Marshall News Messenger
1
National Education Association Journal
1
Refugio Timely Remarks and Refugio County News
1
Seymour Weekly Cresset
1
Sunset Signal
1
Svoboda
1
T-Arrow Daily
1
Texan
1
The Atlanta Times
1
The Avery Enterprise
1
The Avery Times
1
The Bowie Enterprise
1
The Brady Standard
1
The Cameron Enterprise
1
The Christian Visitor
1
The Clarksville Incubator
1
The Clarksville News
1
The Detroit Herald
1
The Dublin Gazette
1
The Goree Gazette
1
The Laborer
1
The Megargel News
1
The Paper
1
The Red River County Herald
1
The Victoria Advocate
1
The Weekly Mineola Monitor
1
The Weekly Recorder
1
The Woodsboro Comet
1
The Yoakum Daily Times
1
Wood County News
1
Woodsboro Weekly Times
1