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 June 6, 2020.


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Cuero Public Library
13,072
Breckenridge Public Library
11,914
Bonham Public Library
8,734
Dublin Public Library
8,601
Fayette Public Library, Museum and Archives
8,539
Lampasas Public Library
8,367
Fairfield Library
7,699
Red River County Public Library
6,541
Timpson Public Library
6,465
Sweetwater/Nolan County City-County Library
6,266
Nellie Pederson Civic Library
6,011
Bastrop Public Library
5,871
Comanche Public Library
5,747
Gladys Johnson Ritchie Library
5,485
South Plains College
5,205
Livingston Municipal Library
5,177
Delta County Public Library
4,991
The Library of Graham
4,979
Hondo Public Library
4,884
Coleman Public Library
4,726
Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library
4,468
Swisher County Library
4,463
Singletary Memorial Library
4,413
Stamford Carnegie Library
4,366
West Public Library
4,310
Carnegie Library of Ballinger
4,252
Archer Public Library
4,236
Nesbitt Memorial Library
4,126
Palacios Library
4,078
Atlanta Public Library
3,872
Ed & Hazel Richmond Public Library
3,843
Gaines County Library
3,820
Shamrock Public Library
3,552
Llano County Public Library
3,495
Crosby County Public Library
3,489
Sammy Brown Library
3,469
Carson County Library
3,225
Reagan County Library
3,219
Stonewall County Library
3,083
Jennie Trent Dew Library
3,023
Taft Public Library
3,012
Friench Simpson Memorial Library
2,955
Van Zandt County Library
2,854
Friends of the Nocona Public Library
2,836
Shiner Public Library
2,805
Leonard Public Library
2,720
Harper Library
2,610
Rains County Library
2,568
Bicentennial City County Library
2,472
Alexander Memorial Library
2,413
Harrie P. Woodson Memorial Library
2,381
Carl and Mary Welhausen Library
2,364
Winkler County Library
2,347
Stella Hill Memorial Library
2,315
Mineola Memorial Library
2,279
Dennis M. O’Connor Public Library
2,271
Mathis Public Library
2,191
Silsbee Public Library
2,010
Sinton Public Library
1,904
Gibbs Memorial Library
1,888
Olney Community Library
1,836
Odem Public Library
1,752
Alvin Community College
1,684
UNT Libraries
1,503
Lee Public Library
1,462
McGinley Memorial Public Library
1,326
Jackson County Memorial Library
1,276
FM Buck Richards Library
1,260
Wharton County Library
1,161
Bandera Public Library
1,090
Baylor County Free Library
1,042
Texas Southern University
973
Schulenburg Public Library
941
Whitewright Public Library
892
Austin Memorial Library
838
Kerens Public Library
713
Higgins Public Library
684
Meridian Public Library
620
Bowie Public Library
494
Eastland Centennial Memorial Library
437
Depot Public Library
404
Sanger Public Library
371
Reber Memorial Library
209
Navasota Public Library
102
Alvord Public Library
16
City of Clarendon
13

Counties (expand list)

DeWitt County, TX
15,436
San Patricio County, TX
12,702
Stephens County, TX
11,914
Fannin County, TX
9,891
Fayette County, TX
9,482
Erath County, TX
8,601
Lampasas County, TX
8,367
Freestone County, TX
7,599
Young County, TX
6,815
Cherokee County, TX
6,728
Bosque County, TX
6,632
Shelby County, TX
6,465
Nolan County, TX
6,266
Bastrop County, TX
5,871
Lavaca County, TX
5,760
Comanche County, TX
5,750
McLennan County, TX
5,634
Jack County, TX
5,485
Hockley County, TX
5,205
Polk County, TX
5,177
Red River County, TX
5,039
Delta County, TX
4,991
Medina County, TX
4,884
Coleman County, TX
4,759
Milam County, TX
4,483
Swisher County, TX
4,463
Runnels County, TX
4,252
Archer County, TX
4,232
Jones County, TX
4,231
Austin County, TX
4,125
Matagorda County, TX
4,078
Gaines County, TX
3,857
Wheeler County, TX
3,552
Llano County, TX
3,495
Crosby County, TX
3,489
Panola County, TX
3,469
Montague County, TX
3,330
Carson County, TX
3,225
Reagan County, TX
3,219
Stonewall County, TX
3,083
Mills County, TX
3,023
Van Zandt County, TX
2,854
Gillespie County, TX
2,610
Rains County, TX
2,568
Cottle County, TX
2,472
La Salle County, TX
2,413
Cass County, TX
2,396
Burleson County, TX
2,381
Winkler County, TX
2,347
Wood County, TX
2,279
Refugio County, TX
2,253
Hardin County, TX
2,010
Limestone County, TX
1,996
Brazoria County, TX
1,684
Hudspeth County, TX
1,500
Morris County, TX
1,475
Gregg County, TX
1,434
Hunt County, TX
1,308
Jackson County, TX
1,276
McCulloch County, TX
1,260
Wharton County, TX
1,161
Bandera County, TX
1,090
Lamar County, TX
1,086
Baylor County, TX
1,042
Grayson County, TX
897
Liberty County, TX
838
Navarro County, TX
713
Lipscomb County, TX
684
Eastland County, TX
436
Titus County, TX
416
Throckmorton County, TX
408
Denton County, TX
371
Willacy County, TX
209
Harris County, TX
158
Haskell County, TX
133
Travis County, TX
112
Grimes County, TX
104
Dallam County, TX
49
Smith County, TX
41
Dallas County, TX
38
Guadalupe County, TX
32
Upshur County, TX
28
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)

Breckenridge American
10,893
The Cuero Record
10,092
The Lampasas Daily Leader
6,149
The Clifton Record
5,852
Sweetwater Reporter
5,754
The Bastrop Advertiser
4,775
The Hondo Anvil Herald
4,767
The Dublin Progress
4,598
Polk County Enterprise
4,457
The Tulia Herald
4,182
Cooper Review
4,139
New Ulm Enterprise
3,975
Palacios Beacon
3,922
The West News
3,878
The Seminole Sentinel
3,767
The Fairfield Recorder
3,669
The Bonham Daily Favorite
3,558
The Llano News
3,495
The Panola Watchman
3,466
The Archer County News
3,398
The Shamrock Texan
3,395
The La Grange Journal
3,364
Timpson Daily Times
3,303
The Crosbyton Review
3,243
The Big Lake Wildcat
3,219
The Comanche Chief
3,169
Aransas Pass Progress
3,125
The Rockdale Reporter and Messenger
3,036
Graham Leader
3,028
The Aspermont Star
2,982
The Cuero Daily Record
2,980
Stamford American
2,940
The Nocona News
2,847
Shiner Gazette
2,805
The Jacksboro Gazette
2,771
The Cherokeean
2,701
Rains County Leader
2,568
The Flatonia Argus
2,557
Goldthwaite Eagle
2,522
The Teague Chronicle
2,497
Coleman Democrat-Voice
2,495
San Patricio County News
2,492
The Paducah Post
2,472
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 Winkler County News
2,268
The Mathis News
2,191
The Silsbee Bee
2,010
The Lampasas Leader
2,008
The Alto Herald
1,985
Jacksboro Gazette-News
1,971
Stephenville Empire-Tribune
1,922
The Bogata News
1,796
The Fayette County Record
1,773
The Odem-Edroy Times
1,752
The Graham Daily Reporter
1,734
The Rusk Cherokeean
1,712
The Clarksville Times
1,706
The DeLeon Free Press
1,700
The Olney Enterprise
1,688
Bonham News
1,685
The Mexia Weekly Herald
1,578
The Panhandle Herald
1,574
The Alvin Sun
1,447
Gladewater Daily Mirror
1,432
The Wortham Journal
1,428
The Caldwell News and The Burleson County Ledger
1,422
The Leonard Graphic
1,413
The Grand Saline Sun
1,411
Levelland and Hockley County News-Press
1,374
The Mineola Monitor
1,372
The Ballinger Ledger
1,369
The Celeste Courier
1,308
Hudspeth County Herald and Dell Valley Review
1,298
Ballinger Daily Ledger
1,276
The Dublin Citizen
1,265
The Naples Monitor
1,260
The Detroit News-Herald
1,210
The McGregor Mirror and Herald-Observer
1,210
White Deer News
1,152
Halletsville Herald
1,146
The Cass County Sun
1,123
The Bandera Bulletin
1,090
The Deport Times
1,079
The Baylor County Banner
1,041
Yoakum Herald and Times
987
The Cameron Herald
977
Texas Senate Papers
973
The Schulenburg Sticker
945
Refugio Timely Remarks
941
The Daily Favorite
927
The Bastrop Advertiser and County News
907
The Citizens Journal
893
The Whitewright Sun
892
The Daily Ledger
878
The Yoakum Daily Herald
853
Hockley County Herald
840
The Delta Courier
827
The Democrat-Voice
812
The Bonham Herald
810
The Edna Herald
760
The Kerens Tribune
712
The Brady Standard and Heart O' Texas News
684
The Ingleside Index
682
The Stamford Leader
657
La Grange Deutsche Zeitung
652
The Meridian Tribune
618
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 Brady Herald
507
The Mullin Enterprise
500
El Campo Citizen
490
Stephens County Sun
478
Cat's Claw
476
Stamford American and The Stamford Leader
472
The Lavaca County Tribune
459
The Savoy Star
455
The Cleveland Advocate
444
Banner-Leader
441
Coleman County Chronicle
427
The Canton Telephone
427
Burleson County Ledger and News-Chronicle
417
The Talco Times
416
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
Sanger News
371
The Wood County Record
356
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 Alto Herald and The Wells News 'N Views
330
The Dublin Progress and Telephone
326
Canton Herald
305
The Refugio Review
305
Coleman Chronicle and Democrat-Voice
302
The Groom News
301
The Banner-Ledger
288
The Nolan County News
283
The Swisher County News
281
The Rockdale Reporter
278
Winnsboro Weekly News
275
The Dynamo
264
The State Herald
264
Stephenville Daily Empire
261
The Timely Remarks
257
White Deer Review
257
The Bowie Blade
253
Crosby County News
246
The Sunday Record
245
Yoakum Weekly Herald
235
Van Zandt News
230
The Herald
229
Sweetwater Daily Reporter
223
The Harper News
221
The Coleman Voice
218
The Omaha Breeze
215
The Refugio County Record
215
Hallettsville Semi-Weekly New Era-Herald
210
The Lampasas Record
209
De Leon's Monitor
208
Archer County Advocate
207
Breckenridge Weekly Democrat
204
The Wharton Journal-Spectator
202
Dell Valley Review
201
The Wills Point Chronicle
190
Semi-weekly New Era
189
The Bastrop County Times
189
The Hallettsville New Era
188
The Rockdale Messenger
176
Jackson County Herald-Tribune
175
The Yoakum Weekly Times
173
The Jack County Herald
167
The Stamford News
162
Wheeler County Texan
157
Timpson News
154
New Era-Herald
152
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
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 Circle Register
105
The Weekly Herald
105
The Montague County Times
103
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
Detroit Weekly
93
The Carbon News
92
Van Banner
91
The Anvil Herald
90
Graham Daily Leader
89
East Bernard Express
88
The Bowie Booster
85
The Coleman Daily Voice
80
The Kermit Daily Sun
79
The Kiowa Valley Independent
79
Levelland Leader
75
The Stephens County Times
75
The Detroit News
74
The Van Zandter
74
The Fannin County Favorite
71
East Texas Press
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
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
Mexia Evening News
46
Trojan Tattler
39
Camp Hulen Searchlight
38
The Bowie News-Times
38
The Seagraves Signal
37
The Aransas Harbor Herald
36
Sun Progress
35
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
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 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 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
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
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 Cotulla Ledger
2
The Flatonia Record
2
The Mountain Eagle
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
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
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 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 State Rights Democrat
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 Woodsboro Comet
1
Tolar Register
1
Troupe Verbena
1
Wood County News
1
Woodsboro Weekly Times
1