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
9,248
Bonham Public Library
7,622
Fayette Public Library, Museum and Archives
6,943
Lampasas Public Library
6,861
Timpson Public Library
6,465
Dublin Public Library
6,268
Sweetwater/Nolan County City-County Library
6,266
Red River County Public Library
6,038
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
Delta County Public Library
4,593
Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library
4,468
Coleman Public Library
4,424
Singletary Memorial Library
4,413
West Public Library
4,310
Archer Public Library
4,234
Palacios Library
4,078
Swisher County Library
3,973
Atlanta Public Library
3,872
Gaines County Library
3,559
Shamrock Public Library
3,552
Crosby County Public Library
3,489
Reagan County Library
3,219
Comanche Public Library
3,167
Ed & Hazel Richmond Public Library
3,118
Stonewall County Library
3,083
Taft Public Library
2,855
The Library of Graham
2,828
Llano County Public Library
2,710
Stamford Carnegie Library
2,599
Sammy Brown Library
2,493
Rains County Library
2,466
Friench Simpson Memorial Library
2,411
Harrie P. Woodson Memorial Library
2,381
Bicentennial City County Library
2,377
Stella Hill Memorial Library
2,170
Carson County Library
2,085
Silsbee Public Library
1,949
Winkler County Library
1,936
Sinton Public Library
1,904
Gibbs Memorial Library
1,888
Van Zandt County Library
1,885
Harper Library
1,845
Mineola Memorial Library
1,814
Dennis M. O’Connor Public Library
1,639
Carl and Mary Welhausen Library
1,595
Mathis Public Library
1,494
Lee Public Library
1,361
McGinley Memorial Public Library
1,326
Odem Public Library
1,280
Jackson County Memorial Library
1,276
FM Buck Richards Library
1,260
Wharton County Library
1,159
Baylor County Free Library
1,042
Texas Southern University
973
Bandera Public Library
776
Kerens Public Library
713
Schulenburg Public Library
693
Higgins Public Library
684
Meridian Public Library
620
Austin Memorial Library
602
Bowie Public Library
494
Fairfield Library
490
Eastland Centennial Memorial Library
437
Depot Public Library
404
Jennie Trent Dew Library
288
Reber Memorial Library
208
Alvord Public Library
16
City of Clarendon
13
UNT Libraries
3
Nesbitt Memorial Library
1

Counties (expand list)

Stephens County, TX
11,914
DeWitt County, TX
10,843
San Patricio County, TX
10,651
Fayette County, TX
7,638
Fannin County, TX
7,366
Lampasas County, TX
6,861
Bosque County, TX
6,632
Cherokee County, TX
6,583
Shelby County, TX
6,465
Erath County, TX
6,268
Nolan County, TX
6,266
Bastrop County, TX
5,766
McLennan County, TX
5,634
Jack County, TX
5,485
Polk County, TX
5,177
Medina County, TX
4,884
Red River County, TX
4,843
Delta County, TX
4,593
Milam County, TX
4,483
Coleman County, TX
4,457
Archer County, TX
4,230
Matagorda County, TX
4,078
Swisher County, TX
3,973
Gaines County, TX
3,596
Wheeler County, TX
3,552
Crosby County, TX
3,489
Reagan County, TX
3,219
Comanche County, TX
3,170
Stonewall County, TX
3,083
Young County, TX
2,828
Llano County, TX
2,710
Panola County, TX
2,493
Jones County, TX
2,477
Rains County, TX
2,466
Lavaca County, TX
2,411
Cass County, TX
2,396
Burleson County, TX
2,381
Cottle County, TX
2,377
Carson County, TX
2,085
Hardin County, TX
1,949
Winkler County, TX
1,936
Limestone County, TX
1,896
Van Zandt County, TX
1,885
Gillespie County, TX
1,845
Wood County, TX
1,814
Refugio County, TX
1,635
Morris County, TX
1,475
Gregg County, TX
1,333
Jackson County, TX
1,276
McCulloch County, TX
1,260
Wharton County, TX
1,159
Baylor County, TX
1,042
Lamar County, TX
935
Bandera County, TX
776
Navarro County, TX
713
Lipscomb County, TX
684
Liberty County, TX
602
Montague County, TX
494
Freestone County, TX
490
Eastland County, TX
436
Throckmorton County, TX
408
Mills County, TX
288
Titus County, TX
260
Willacy County, TX
208
Harris County, TX
158
Haskell County, TX
120
Travis County, TX
112
Dallam County, TX
49
Smith County, TX
41
Dallas County, TX
38
Guadalupe County, TX
32
Upshur County, TX
28
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
Grayson County, TX
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
Grimes County, TX
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
Hudspeth 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)

Breckenridge American
10,893
The Cuero Record
7,520
The Clifton Record
5,852
Sweetwater Reporter
5,754
The Lampasas Daily Leader
5,141
The Hondo Anvil Herald
4,767
The Bastrop Advertiser
4,670
The Dublin Progress
4,598
Polk County Enterprise
4,457
The Tulia Herald
3,973
Palacios Beacon
3,922
The West News
3,878
Cooper Review
3,741
The Seminole Sentinel
3,506
The Archer County News
3,396
The Shamrock Texan
3,395
Timpson Daily Times
3,303
The Crosbyton Review
3,243
The Big Lake Wildcat
3,219
The Rockdale Reporter and Messenger
3,036
The Aspermont Star
2,982
The Jacksboro Gazette
2,771
The Llano News
2,710
The Cherokeean
2,701
The La Grange Journal
2,698
Aransas Pass Progress
2,660
The Bonham Daily Favorite
2,621
Coleman Democrat-Voice
2,495
The Panola Watchman
2,490
Rains County Leader
2,466
The Comanche Chief
2,445
The Taft Tribune
2,424
The Paducah Post
2,377
San Patricio County News
2,335
The Flatonia Argus
2,280
Timpson Weekly Times
2,280
Graham Leader
2,240
The Alto Herald
1,985
Jacksboro Gazette-News
1,971
The Silsbee Bee
1,949
The Winkler County News
1,857
The Cuero Daily Record
1,728
The Lampasas Leader
1,719
The Rusk Cherokeean
1,712
The Clarksville Times
1,706
Bonham News
1,685
The Bogata News
1,600
The Mexia Weekly Herald
1,578
The Panhandle Herald
1,561
The Harper Herald
1,559
The Mathis News
1,494
The Caldwell News and The Burleson County Ledger
1,422
The Grand Saline Sun
1,410
Gladewater Daily Mirror
1,331
The Odem-Edroy Times
1,280
The Dublin Citizen
1,265
The Naples Monitor
1,260
The Fayette County Record
1,245
Stamford American
1,223
The Detroit News-Herald
1,210
The McGregor Mirror and Herald-Observer
1,210
Halletsville Herald
1,146
The Cass County Sun
1,123
The Mineola Monitor
1,090
The Baylor County Banner
1,041
The Cameron Herald
977
Texas Senate Papers
973
The Deport Times
928
The Daily Favorite
927
The Bastrop Advertiser and County News
907
The Citizens Journal
893
The Yoakum Daily Herald
853
The Delta Courier
827
The Democrat-Voice
812
Refugio Timely Remarks
777
The Bandera Bulletin
776
The Edna Herald
760
The Kerens Tribune
712
The Schulenburg Sticker
693
The Bonham Herald
688
The Brady Standard and Heart O' Texas News
684
The Stamford Leader
657
The Meridian Tribune
618
La Grange Deutsche Zeitung
613
The Tribune
610
Timpson & Tenaha News
592
The Jacksboro News
576
The Corrigan Press
569
The Christian Messenger
553
The Caldwell News-Chronicle
542
The Graham Daily Reporter
518
The Brady Herald
507
El Campo Citizen
489
Stephens County Sun
478
Cat's Claw
476
The Savoy Star
455
Stamford American and The Stamford Leader
435
Coleman County Chronicle
427
The Ingleside Index
422
Burleson County Ledger and News-Chronicle
417
Throckmorton Tribune
408
Lipscomb Lime Light and Follett Times
406
Illustrated Paperboy
391
Coleman Daily Democrat-Voice
384
El Campo Leader-News
380
The West Weekly News
377
The Ladonia News
350
Edna Weekly Herald
341
The Teague Chronicle
333
The Dublin Progress and Telephone
326
The Refugio Review
305
The Comanche Chief and Pioneer Exponent
300
Goldthwaite Eagle
288
The Nolan County News
283
The Rockdale Reporter
278
Winnsboro Weekly News
275
The Dynamo
264
The State Herald
264
The Talco Times
260
The Bowie Blade
253
Crosby County News
246
The Sunday Record
245
Yoakum Weekly Herald
235
White Deer News
232
Van Zandt News
230
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
Hallettsville Semi-Weekly New Era-Herald
210
The Cleveland Advocate
208
Archer County Advocate
207
Breckenridge Weekly Democrat
204
The Wharton Journal-Spectator
202
The Groom News
197
Semi-weekly New Era
189
The Bastrop County Times
189
The Hallettsville New Era
188
The Alto Herald and The Wells News 'N Views
185
The Rockdale Messenger
176
Jackson County Herald-Tribune
175
The Wood County Record
173
The Yoakum Weekly Times
173
The Jack County Herald
167
The Stamford News
162
The Timely Remarks
157
Wheeler County Texan
157
Timpson News
154
White Deer Review
154
The Alliance Standard
151
The DeLeon Free Press
146
The Pioneer Exponent
141
Willacy County News
140
Refugio County Press
136
The Atlanta News
136
The Plain Dealer
128
The Comanche News
124
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 Montague County Times
103
The Stonewall County Courier
101
Valley Mills Progress
101
The Archer Advocate
100
The Rule Review
100
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 Kermit Daily Sun
79
The Kiowa Valley Independent
79
The Stephens County Times
75
The Detroit News
74
East Texas Press
70
Brady Standard-Herald and Heart of Texas News
68
Raymondville Chronicle
68
The Lavaca County Tribune
67
The Harper Citizen
65
The New Era
64
The Leader
63
North Texas Enterprise
62
The Dublin Shamrock News
59
Fayette County Record
58
Our Town Times
53
Seminole News
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
Mexia Evening News
46
Trojan Tattler
39
Camp Hulen Searchlight
38
The Bowie News-Times
38
The Graham Reporter
38
The Seagraves Signal
37
The Aransas Harbor Herald
36
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 Linden Standard
21
The Corrigan Tribune
19
The Fannin County Favorite
18
The Gilmer Mirror
18
The National Co-Operator
18
The Rule Review and the Rochester Reporter
18
The Daily Courier
17
Panhandle Progress
16
The Guadalupe Gazette
16
The Troupe Banner
16
The Lone Star Lutheran
15
The West Times
14
East Texas Light
13
Red River County Review
12
The Nocona News
11
The Thorndale Thorn
10
The Dublin Weekly Telephone
9
The Mineola Daily Argus
9
The Thurber Journal
9
The Yorktown News
9
The Coleman Democrat-Voice
8
The Gilmer Weekly Mirror
8
The Thornton Hustler
8
The Palomar Kamper
7
Baptist Young People's Union Assembly News
6
Red River County News
6
Weekly Visitor
6
Comanche Enterprise and Weekly Wilsonian
5
The Alliance Journal
5
The Thorndale Champion
5
Valley Mills Tribune
5
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
Gilmer Daily Mirror
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 Navasota Examiner and Grimes County Review
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
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
Refugio Timely Remarks and Refugio County News
1
Seymour Weekly Cresset
1
Sunset Signal
1
Svoboda
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 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 Goree Gazette
1
The Laborer
1
The Lampasas County Extra
1
The Megargel News
1
The Mountain Eagle
1
The Paper
1
The Paris Daily Herald
1
The Red River County Herald
1
The Seagoville Herald
1
The Seguin Times
1
The Sunday Morning Sun
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 Woodsboro Comet
1
Tolar Register
1
Troupe Verbena
1
Wood County News
1
Woodsboro Weekly Times
1