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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Tocker Foundation Grants in The Portal to Texas History. University of North Texas Libraries. https://texashistory.unt.edu/explore/collections/TFG/ accessed May 27, 2022.


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Cuero Public Library
14,152
Breckenridge Public Library
11,914
Fayette Public Library, Museum and Archives
11,695
Bonham Public Library
9,283
Dublin Public Library
9,191
Lampasas Public Library
8,959
Red River County Public Library
8,930
Comanche Public Library
7,896
Fairfield Library
7,828
Navasota Public Library
7,366
Timpson Public Library
6,465
Sweetwater/Nolan County City-County Library
6,266
Nellie Pederson Civic Library
6,011
Bastrop Public Library
5,871
Upshur County Library
5,644
South Plains College
5,577
Gladys Johnson Ritchie Library
5,485
Delta County Public Library
5,364
Sammy Brown Library
5,342
Livingston Municipal Library
5,177
The Library of Graham
4,991
Hondo Public Library
4,884
Swisher County Library
4,736
Coleman Public Library
4,728
Alvin Community College
4,581
Stamford Carnegie Library
4,573
Carl and Mary Welhausen Library
4,477
Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library
4,468
Singletary Memorial Library
4,413
West Public Library
4,310
Carnegie Library of Ballinger
4,251
Archer Public Library
4,236
Nesbitt Memorial Library
4,126
Palacios Library
4,078
Ed & Hazel Richmond Public Library
4,000
Atlanta Public Library
3,872
Gaines County Library
3,820
Llano County Public Library
3,704
Bicentennial City County Library
3,643
Carson County Library
3,580
Shamrock Public Library
3,552
Crosby County Public Library
3,489
Van Zandt County Library
3,402
Whitewright Public Library
3,374
Friends of the Nocona Public Library
3,338
Friench Simpson Memorial Library
3,278
Reagan County Library
3,219
Rains County Library
3,194
Stonewall County Library
3,083
Jennie Trent Dew Library
3,022
Taft Public Library
3,012
Shiner Public Library
2,909
Leonard Public Library
2,743
Rusk County Library
2,737
Harper Library
2,680
Winkler County Library
2,650
Alexander Memorial Library
2,504
Silsbee Public Library
2,494
Stella Hill Memorial Library
2,416
Mineola Memorial Library
2,413
Dennis M. O’Connor Public Library
2,388
Harrie P. Woodson Memorial Library
2,381
Sanger Public Library
2,194
Mathis Public Library
2,191
Bowie Public Library
2,000
Sinton Public Library
1,904
Gibbs Memorial Library
1,888
Franklin County Library
1,885
FM Buck Richards Library
1,846
Olney Community Library
1,836
Odem Public Library
1,752
UNT Libraries
1,723
Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library
1,605
Lee Public Library
1,462
Calhoun County Public Library
1,425
McGinley Memorial Public Library
1,326
Wharton County Library
1,283
Jackson County Memorial Library
1,276
Bandera Public Library
1,142
Baylor County Free Library
1,042
Texas Southern University
973
Schulenburg Public Library
941
Austin Memorial Library
838
Kerens Public Library
713
Higgins Public Library
684
Meridian Public Library
620
Grandview Public Library
562
Depot Public Library
489
Eastland Centennial Memorial Library
437
Virgil and Josephine Gordon Memorial Library
420
Reber Memorial Library
209
Alvord Public Library
16
City of Clarendon
13

Counties (expand list)

DeWitt County, TX
18,629
San Patricio County, TX
12,859
Fayette County, TX
12,638
Stephens County, TX
11,914
Fannin County, TX
10,452
Erath County, TX
9,191
Lampasas County, TX
8,959
Shelby County, TX
8,070
Comanche County, TX
7,899
Freestone County, TX
7,728
Grimes County, TX
7,368
Cherokee County, TX
6,829
Young County, TX
6,827
Bosque County, TX
6,632
Red River County, TX
6,626
Nolan County, TX
6,266
Lavaca County, TX
6,187
Bastrop County, TX
5,871
Upshur County, TX
5,672
McLennan County, TX
5,634
Hockley County, TX
5,577
Jack County, TX
5,485
Delta County, TX
5,364
Panola County, TX
5,342
Montague County, TX
5,338
Polk County, TX
5,177
Medina County, TX
4,884
Coleman County, TX
4,761
Swisher County, TX
4,736
Brazoria County, TX
4,581
Austin County, TX
4,545
Milam County, TX
4,483
Jones County, TX
4,438
Runnels County, TX
4,251
Archer County, TX
4,232
Matagorda County, TX
4,078
Gaines County, TX
3,857
Llano County, TX
3,704
Cottle County, TX
3,643
Carson County, TX
3,580
Wheeler County, TX
3,552
Crosby County, TX
3,489
Van Zandt County, TX
3,402
Grayson County, TX
3,379
Reagan County, TX
3,219
Rains County, TX
3,194
Stonewall County, TX
3,083
Mills County, TX
3,022
Rusk County, TX
2,737
Gillespie County, TX
2,680
Winkler County, TX
2,650
Hardin County, TX
2,494
La Salle County, TX
2,413
Wood County, TX
2,413
Cass County, TX
2,396
Burleson County, TX
2,381
Refugio County, TX
2,370
Denton County, TX
2,194
Limestone County, TX
1,996
Lamar County, TX
1,888
Franklin County, TX
1,885
McCulloch County, TX
1,846
Hudspeth County, TX
1,720
Morris County, TX
1,475
Gregg County, TX
1,434
Calhoun County, TX
1,425
Hunt County, TX
1,319
Wharton County, TX
1,283
Jackson County, TX
1,276
Bandera County, TX
1,142
Baylor County, TX
1,042
Liberty County, TX
838
Navarro County, TX
713
Lipscomb County, TX
684
Johnson County, TX
562
Throckmorton County, TX
493
Eastland County, TX
436
Titus County, TX
416
Willacy County, TX
209
Harris County, TX
158
Haskell County, TX
133
Travis County, TX
112
Frio County, TX
91
Dallam County, TX
49
Smith County, TX
41
Dallas County, TX
38
Guadalupe County, TX
32
Wise County, TX
16
Bee County, TX
14
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
Hood County, TX
5
Suffolk County, MA
5
Trinity County, TX
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
Galveston 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
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
Live Oak County, TX
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)

The Cuero Record
11,094
Breckenridge American
10,893
The Lampasas Daily Leader
6,689
The Clifton Record
5,852
Sweetwater Reporter
5,754
The Panola Watchman
5,305
Navasota Daily Examiner
5,042
The Bastrop Advertiser
4,775
The Hondo Anvil Herald
4,767
The Dublin Progress
4,598
Cooper Review
4,512
Polk County Enterprise
4,457
The La Grange Journal
4,332
Gilmer Daily Mirror
4,231
The Tulia Herald
4,182
The Alvin Sun
4,109
New Ulm Enterprise
3,975
Palacios Beacon
3,922
The West News
3,878
The Seminole Sentinel
3,767
The Llano News
3,704
The Fairfield Recorder
3,669
The Paducah Post
3,643
The Comanche Chief
3,585
The Bonham Daily Favorite
3,558
The Archer County News
3,398
The Shamrock Texan
3,395
The DeLeon Free Press
3,382
The Whitewright Sun
3,374
The Nocona News
3,349
Timpson Daily Times
3,303
The Crosbyton Review
3,243
The Big Lake Wildcat
3,219
Rains County Leader
3,192
Aransas Pass Progress
3,125
Stamford American
3,095
The Cuero Daily Record
3,058
The Rockdale Reporter and Messenger
3,036
Graham Leader
3,028
The Aspermont Star
2,982
Shiner Gazette
2,909
The Jacksboro Gazette
2,771
The Flatonia Argus
2,757
The Cherokeean
2,701
Henderson Daily News
2,700
The Teague Chronicle
2,626
The Winkler County News
2,571
Goldthwaite Eagle
2,521
The Bogata News
2,503
Coleman Democrat-Voice
2,495
The Silsbee Bee
2,494
San Patricio County News
2,492
The Taft Tribune
2,424
The Cotulla Record
2,410
The Levelland Daily Sun News
2,330
The Harper Herald
2,323
Timpson Weekly Times
2,280
The Clarksville Times
2,273
Stephenville Empire-Tribune
2,254
The Mathis News
2,191
The Fayette County Record
2,077
The Lampasas Leader
2,060
The Alto Herald
2,038
Jacksboro Gazette-News
1,971
Bonham News
1,893
Mt. Vernon Optic-Herald
1,885
The Deport Times
1,881
The Sanger Courier
1,823
The Yoakum Daily Herald
1,808
Yoakum Herald and Times
1,768
The Odem-Edroy Times
1,752
The Graham Daily Reporter
1,734
The Rusk Cherokeean
1,712
Levelland and Hockley County News-Press
1,689
The Olney Enterprise
1,688
The Mexia Weekly Herald
1,578
The Panhandle Herald
1,574
Hudspeth County Herald and Dell Valley Review
1,511
The Bowie News
1,502
The Mineola Monitor
1,456
Gladewater Daily Mirror
1,432
The Wortham Journal
1,428
The Leonard Graphic
1,425
The Port Lavaca Wave
1,425
The Caldwell News and The Burleson County Ledger
1,422
The Grand Saline Sun
1,411
The Ballinger Ledger
1,369
The Celeste Courier
1,319
Ballinger Daily Ledger
1,276
The Brady Standard and Heart O' Texas News
1,270
The Dublin Citizen
1,265
The Naples Monitor
1,260
Svoboda
1,243
The Daily Favorite
1,226
The Detroit News-Herald
1,210
The McGregor Mirror and Herald-Observer
1,210
White Deer News
1,152
Halletsville Herald
1,146
The Bandera Bulletin
1,142
The Daily Examiner
1,124
The Cass County Sun
1,123
Refugio Timely Remarks
1,046
The Baylor County Banner
1,041
The Cameron Herald
977
Texas Senate Papers
973
The Schulenburg Sticker
945
The Bastrop Advertiser and County News
907
Hockley County Herald
897
The Citizens Journal
893
The Daily Ledger
878
The Ingleside Index
839
The Navasota Examiner and Grimes County Review
830
The Delta Courier
827
The Bonham Herald
817
The Democrat-Voice
813
La Grange Deutsche Zeitung
810
The Champion
777
The Edna Herald
760
The Kerens Tribune
712
The Stamford Leader
657
The Groom News
656
The Meridian Tribune
618
El Campo Citizen
611
The Tribune
610
Timpson & Tenaha News
592
The Jacksboro News
576
The Corrigan Press
569
The Gilmer Weekly Mirror
567
Upshur County Echo
566
The Grandview Tribune
562
The Swisher County News
554
The Christian Messenger
553
Yoakum Weekly Herald
549
The Caldwell News-Chronicle
542
The Wills Point Chronicle
536
Stamford American and The Stamford Leader
524
Stephenville Daily Empire
519
The Brady Herald
507
The Mullin Enterprise
500
Stephens County Sun
478
Cat's Claw
476
New Era-Herald
475
The Lavaca County Tribune
459
The Savoy Star
455
Throckmorton Tribune
445
The Cleveland Advocate
444
Banner-Leader
441
Center Daily News
437
Coleman County Chronicle
427
The Canton Telephone
427
Burleson County Ledger and News-Chronicle
417
The Talco Times
416
Lipscomb Lime Light and Follett Times
406
The Wood County Record
406
Illustrated Paperboy
391
Light Champion
391
Coleman Daily Democrat-Voice
384
El Campo Leader-News
380
The Alto Herald and The Wells News 'N Views
378
The West Weekly News
377
Sanger News
371
Refugio Timely Remarks and Refugio County News
355
The Ladonia News
350
The Sun-News
342
Edna Weekly Herald
341
The Comanche Chief and Pioneer Exponent
341
The Dublin Progress and Telephone
326
The Refugio Review
317
Canton Herald
305
Coleman Chronicle and Democrat-Voice
302
Detroit Weekly
295
The Mirror
290
The Sealy News
290
The Banner-Ledger
287
The Nolan County News
283
The Rockdale Reporter
278
Winnsboro Weekly News
275
The Examiner-Review
270
The Dynamo
264
The State Herald
264
De Leon's Monitor
259
The Timely Remarks
257
White Deer Review
257
The Bowie Blade
253
Crosby County News
246
The Sunday Record
245
The Alvin Advertiser
231
Van Zandt News
230
The Herald
229
Sweetwater Daily Reporter
223
The Harper News
221
The Coleman Voice
219
The Omaha Breeze
215
The Refugio County Record
215
The Texas Monument
211
Hallettsville Semi-Weekly New Era-Herald
210
The Lampasas Record
209
Dell Valley Review
208
Archer County Advocate
207
Breckenridge Weekly Democrat
204
Free State Enterprise
202
The Wharton Journal-Spectator
202
Semi-weekly New Era
189
The Bastrop County Times
189
The Hallettsville New Era
188
The Detroit News
185
The Rockdale Messenger
176
Jackson County Herald-Tribune
175
The Yoakum Weekly Times
173
The Weekly Herald
168
The Jack County Herald
167
The Stamford News
162
Wheeler County Texan
157
Timpson News
154
The Alliance Standard
151
New Ulm Daily Enterprise
150
The Daily Sun News
150
The Stephenville Tribune
150
The Newcastle Register
148
The Pioneer Exponent
141
Willacy County News
140
Refugio County Press
136
The Atlanta News
136
Tri-County Sun Progress
133
Sealy Weekly News
130
The Plain Dealer
128
The Comanche News
124
The Bogata Tribune
121
Fayette County Record
118
The McGregor Mirror and the Crawford Sun
116
The Cisco Round-up
114
The Rule Review
113
The Montague County Times
106
The Circle Register
105
The Examiner
102
The Stonewall County Courier
101
Valley Mills Progress
101
The Archer Advocate
100
The Bi-Stone Weekly Review
100
The Graham Reporter
96
Hockley County Free Press
94
Lipscomb Lime Light
94
The Carbon News
92
Van Banner
91
The Anvil Herald
90
Graham Daily Leader
89
East Bernard Express
88
The Bowie Booster
85
Frio-Nueces Current
84
The Coleman Daily Voice
80
The Kermit Daily Sun
79
The Kiowa Valley Independent
79
Levelland Leader
75
The Stephens County Times
75
The Van Zandter
74
The Fannin County Favorite
71
East Texas Press
70
The Longhorn Express
70
Raymondville Chronicle
69
Tri-County Sun
69
Brady Standard-Herald and Heart of Texas News
68
The Harper Citizen
65
The New Era
64
The Texan-Telephone
64
North Texas Enterprise
62
The Dublin Shamrock News
59
The State Rights Democrat
57
Our Town Times
53
Seminole News
53
The Comanche Vanguard
53
The Bay City News
52
The Bosque County Record Tribune
52
Cisco Apert
50
The Van News
50
Texline Tribune
49
The Schulenburg Argus
49
Throckmorton Herald
48
Mexia Evening News
46
Trojan Tattler
39
Camp Hulen Searchlight
38
The Bowie News-Times
38
Henderson News-Herald
37
The Seagraves Signal
37
The Aransas Harbor Herald
36
Sun Progress
35
The Bonham News and Fannin County Favorite
35
Panola County Post
34
The Woodsboro News
34
The Young County News
32
The Santa Anna News
31
Fletcher's State Rights Farming
27
The Archer County Times
25
The Texas News
23
The Cooper Weekly Review
22
The Leader
21
The Linden Standard
21
The Corrigan Tribune
19
The Gilmer Mirror
18
The National Co-Operator
18
The Rule Review and the Rochester Reporter
18
The Daily Courier
17
The True Issue
17
Panhandle Progress
16
The Guadalupe Gazette
16
The Troupe Banner
16
The Lone Star Lutheran
15
Beeville Today
14
The West Times
14
East Texas Light
13
Red River County Review
12
The Graham Leader
12
The Local-Chronicle
12
The Thorndale Thorn
10
Texas Volksfreund
9
The Dublin Weekly Telephone
9
The Mineola Daily Argus
9
The Thurber Journal
9
The Yorktown News
9
The Coleman Democrat-Voice
8
The Thornton Hustler
8
The Palomar Kamper
7
The South Texas News
7
Baptist Young People's Union Assembly News
6
Red River County News
6
The Fayetteville Fact
6
Weekly Visitor
6
Comanche Enterprise and Weekly Wilsonian
5
The Alliance Journal
5
The Thorndale Champion
5
Valley Mills Tribune
5
Alvin News
4
Austwell Dispatch
4
Streetman News
4
Sweetwater Weekly Reporter
4
The Archer Dispatch
4
The Standard
4
The Trinity Tribune
4
Tyler American
4
Cooper Daily News
3
Sipe Springs Record
3
The Annona News
3
The Carthage Value Special
3
The Eastland Chronicle
3
The Linden Alliance Standard
3
The Signal
3
The Tolar Standard and Register
3
The Tom Bean Times
3
Bosque Eagle
2
East Texas Pinery
2
Lion Express
2
Longview Morning Journal
2
New Duval
2
Santa Anna Daily News
2
The Avenger
2
The Bosque Globe
2
The Bowie Cross Timbers
2
The Clarksville Enterprise
2
The Cotulla Ledger
2
The Flatonia Record
2
The Mountain Eagle
2
The Point Enterprise
2
The Refugio Register
2
The Semi=Weekly Courier
2
The Texas Herald
2
The Tioga Herald
2
The Trenton Tribune
2
The Victoria Daily Times
2
The Woodsboro Hustler
2
The Yoakum Daily Times
2
Twin Cities News
2
Alliance Courier
1
Capitol Tax Letter
1
Erath County Democrat
1
Fayetteville News
1
Four-Star Cognac
1
Herald and Planter
1
IUD Agenda
1
Kerens Booster
1
Legislative Notes
1
Live Oak County Leader
1
Marshall News Messenger
1
National Education Association Journal
1
North Texas Farmer
1
Paris Sunday Tribune
1
Seymour Weekly Cresset
1
Sunset Signal
1
T-Arrow Daily
1
Texan
1
Texas Coast News
1
The Atlanta Times
1
The Avery Enterprise
1
The Avery Times
1
The Bowie Enterprise
1
The Bowie Times-News
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 Dodd City Weekly Spectator
1
The Dublin Gazette
1
The El Campo News
1
The Fayette County New Era
1
The Fowlerton Reporter
1
The Goree Gazette
1
The La Grange High School N. F. A. News
1
The Laborer
1
The Lampasas County Extra
1
The Megargel News
1
The Paper
1
The Paris Daily Herald
1
The Radio Post
1
The Red River County Herald
1
The Seagoville Herald
1
The Seguin Times
1
The Sticker
1
The Sunday Morning Sun
1
The Texas Pioneer
1
The Texas Triangle
1
The Tolar Messenger
1
The Trinity Times
1
The Tyler Courier
1
The Victoria Advocate
1
The Weekly Mineola Monitor
1
The Weekly Recorder
1
The Western Star
1
The Wharton Spectator
1
The Woodsboro Comet
1
Tolar Register
1
Troupe Verbena
1
Wood County News
1
Woodsboro Weekly Times
1

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