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
6,465
Sweetwater/Nolan County City-County Library
6,266
Dublin Public Library
6,259
Lampasas Public Library
6,249
Nellie Pederson Civic Library
6,011
Bastrop Public Library
5,766
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
Comanche Public Library
2,817
Red River County Public Library
2,607
The Library of Graham
2,559
Rains County Library
2,466
Harrie P. Woodson Memorial Library
2,381
Stella Hill Memorial Library
2,170
Sammy Brown Library
2,155
Carson County Library
2,010
Silsbee Public Library
1,949
Sinton Public Library
1,904
Gibbs Memorial Library
1,888
Llano County Public Library
1,878
Mineola Memorial Library
1,730
Carl and Mary Welhausen Library
1,595
Dennis M. O’Connor Public Library
1,586
McGinley Memorial Public Library
1,326
Jackson County Memorial Library
1,276
Bicentennial City County Library
1,174
Bonham Public Library
1,060
Baylor County Free Library
1,004
Texas Southern University
973
Ed & Hazel Richmond Public Library
867
Bandera Public Library
776
Schulenburg Public Library
693
Kerens Public Library
690
Higgins Public Library
684
Delta County Public Library
675
Wharton County Library
629
Meridian Public Library
620
Winkler County Library
583
Austin Memorial Library
575
Harper Library
528
Bowie Public Library
494
FM Buck Richards Library
463
Eastland Centennial Memorial Library
437
Van Zandt County Library
268
Stamford Carnegie Library
210
Reber Memorial Library
208
Depot Public Library
20
Alvord Public Library
16
City of Clarendon
13
UNT Libraries
3
Nesbitt Memorial Library
1

Counties

Stephens County, TX
11,914
DeWitt County, TX
8,317
Bosque County, TX
6,632
Cherokee County, TX
6,583
Shelby County, TX
6,465
Nolan County, TX
6,266
Erath County, TX
6,259
Lampasas County, TX
6,249
Bastrop County, TX
5,766
McLennan County, TX
5,634
San Patricio County, TX
5,626
Jack County, TX
5,485
Polk County, TX
5,177
Medina County, TX
4,884
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
Comanche County, TX
2,817
Young County, TX
2,559
Rains County, TX
2,466
Cass County, TX
2,396
Burleson County, TX
2,381
Red River County, TX
2,284
Panola County, TX
2,155
Carson County, TX
2,010
Hardin County, TX
1,949
Limestone County, TX
1,888
Llano County, TX
1,878
Wood County, TX
1,730
Refugio County, TX
1,582
Morris County, TX
1,475
Jackson County, TX
1,276
Cottle County, TX
1,174
Fannin County, TX
1,060
Baylor County, TX
1,004
Bandera County, TX
776
Fayette County, TX
694
Navarro County, TX
690
Lipscomb County, TX
684
Delta County, TX
675
Wharton County, TX
629
Winkler County, TX
583
Liberty County, TX
575
Gillespie County, TX
528
Montague County, TX
494
McCulloch County, TX
464
Eastland County, TX
436
Lamar County, TX
322
Van Zandt County, TX
268
Jones County, TX
210
Willacy County, TX
208
Harris County, TX
158
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
Titus 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
The Lampasas Daily Leader
4,534
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 Comanche Chief
2,235
Graham Leader
2,204
The Panola Watchman
2,155
The Alto Herald
1,985
Jacksboro Gazette-News
1,971
The Silsbee Bee
1,949
The Llano News
1,878
The Lampasas Leader
1,714
The Rusk Cherokeean
1,712
The Mexia Weekly Herald
1,578
The Panhandle Herald
1,486
The Caldwell News and The Burleson County Ledger
1,422
The Dublin Citizen
1,265
The Naples Monitor
1,260
The McGregor Mirror and Herald-Observer
1,210
The Paducah Post
1,174
The Cass County Sun
1,123
The Detroit News-Herald
1,038
The Mineola Monitor
1,006
The Baylor County Banner
1,003
The Cameron Herald
977
Texas Senate Papers
973
The Bastrop Advertiser and County News
907
The Citizens Journal
893
The Yoakum Daily Herald
853
Aransas Pass Progress
812
The Democrat-Voice
812
The Cuero Daily Record
807
Refugio Timely Remarks
777
The Bandera Bulletin
776
The Edna Herald
760
The Schulenburg Sticker
693
The Kerens Tribune
689
The Bogata News
639
The Meridian Tribune
618
Cooper Review
617
Timpson & Tenaha News
592
The Jacksboro News
576
The Corrigan Press
569
The Caldwell News-Chronicle
542
Cat's Claw
520
Bonham News
510
The Winkler County News
504
Stephens County Sun
478
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
The Clarksville Times
354
Edna Weekly Herald
341
El Campo Citizen
339
The Dublin Progress and Telephone
326
The Brady Standard and Heart O' Texas News
319
The Deport Times
315
The Harper Herald
307
The Refugio Review
305
The Bonham Daily Favorite
301
The Comanche Chief and Pioneer Exponent
300
The Graham Daily Reporter
285
The Nolan County News
283
The Rockdale Reporter
278
Winnsboro Weekly News
275
The Dynamo
264
The State Herald
264
The Bowie Blade
253
Crosby County News
246
The Sunday Record
245
Yoakum Weekly Herald
235
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
The Stamford Leader
210
Breckenridge Weekly Democrat
204
The Wharton Journal-Spectator
202
The Groom News
197
The Bastrop County Times
189
The Alto Herald and The Wells News 'N Views
185
The Cleveland Advocate
181
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 Brady Herald
144
The Savoy Star
141
Willacy County News
140
Refugio County Press
136
The Atlanta News
136
The Plain Dealer
128
The Comanche News
124
Our Town Times
123
The Bogata Tribune
121
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 Christian Messenger
79
The Kermit Daily Sun
79
The Kiowa Valley Independent
79
The Messenger
79
The Stephens County Times
75
Van Zandt News
73
Raymondville Chronicle
68
The New Era
64
The Leader
63
The Dublin Shamrock News
59
The Delta Courier
58
Seminole News
53
The Bay City News
52
The Bosque County Record Tribune
52
Cisco Apert
50
Mexia Evening News
46
Trojan Tattler
39
Camp Hulen Searchlight
38
The Bowie News-Times
38
The Graham Reporter
38
The Aransas Harbor Herald
36
The Woodsboro News
34
The Young County News
32
Fletcher's State Rights Farming
27
The Archer County Times
25
Throckmorton Tribune
24
The Texas News
23
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
Weekly Visitor
6
Comanche Enterprise and Weekly Wilsonian
5
The Alliance Journal
5
Valley Mills Tribune
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 Bosque Globe
2
The Bowie Cross Timbers
2
The Clarksville Enterprise
2
The Refugio Register
2
The Texas Herald
2
The Victoria Daily Times
2
The Woodsboro Hustler
2
The Yoakum Daily Times
2
Alliance Courier
1
Capitol Tax Letter
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
North Texas Farmer
1
Paris Sunday Tribune
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 Daily Herald
1
The Detroit Herald
1
The Dublin Gazette
1
The Goree Gazette
1
The Laborer
1
The Lampasas County Extra
1
The Megargel News
1
The Paper
1
The Paris Daily Herald
1
The Pioneer Exponent
1
The Red River County Herald
1
The Talco Times
1
The Texas Triangle
1
The Victoria Advocate
1
The Weekly Mineola Monitor
1
The Weekly Recorder
1
The Woodsboro Comet
1
Wood County News
1
Woodsboro Weekly Times
1