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 April 18, 2024.


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Cuero Public Library
14,631
Fayette Public Library, Museum and Archives
12,912
Breckenridge Public Library
11,914
Dublin Public Library
11,572
Bonham Public Library
9,859
Red River County Public Library
9,173
Lampasas Public Library
8,959
Comanche Public Library
8,055
Fairfield Library
7,828
Navasota Public Library
7,625
Alvin Community College
7,145
Timpson Public Library
6,465
Van Zandt County Library
6,304
Sweetwater/Nolan County City-County Library
6,268
Sammy Brown Library
6,108
Nellie Pederson Civic Library
6,023
South Plains College
5,920
Bastrop Public Library
5,871
Upshur County Library
5,644
Delta County Public Library
5,544
Gladys Johnson Ritchie Library
5,485
The Library of Graham
5,306
Livingston Municipal Library
5,177
Jennie Trent Dew Library
5,027
Carson County Library
4,921
Hondo Public Library
4,884
Carl and Mary Welhausen Library
4,781
Swisher County Library
4,736
Coleman Public Library
4,728
Stamford Carnegie Library
4,573
Carnegie Library of Ballinger
4,541
Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library
4,468
Singletary Memorial Library
4,413
West Public Library
4,309
Archer Public Library
4,236
Nesbitt Memorial Library
4,126
Palacios Library
4,078
Ed & Hazel Richmond Public Library
4,051
Giddings Public Library and Cultural Center
3,973
Llano County Public Library
3,912
Atlanta Public Library
3,872
FM Buck Richards Library
3,832
Gaines County Library
3,820
Crosby County Public Library
3,752
Friends of the Nocona Public Library
3,699
Bicentennial City County Library
3,651
Rusk County Library
3,581
Shamrock Public Library
3,552
Virgil and Josephine Gordon Memorial Library
3,456
Whitewright Public Library
3,374
Friench Simpson Memorial Library
3,278
Reagan County Library
3,219
Mineola Memorial Library
3,207
Rains County Library
3,194
Leonard Public Library
3,104
Stonewall County Library
3,083
Taft Public Library
3,012
Shiner Public Library
2,909
Silsbee Public Library
2,878
Grandview Public Library
2,787
Winkler County Library
2,755
Harper Library
2,680
Dennis M. O’Connor Public Library
2,597
Alexander Memorial Library
2,504
Stella Hill Memorial Library
2,416
Harrie P. Woodson Memorial Library
2,381
Sanger Public Library
2,260
Meridian Public Library
2,235
Mathis Public Library
2,191
UNT Libraries
2,004
Bowie Public Library
2,000
Sinton Public Library
1,904
Gibbs Memorial Library
1,888
Franklin County Library
1,885
Olney Community Library
1,837
Odem Public Library
1,752
Wharton County Library
1,674
Fannie Brown Booth Memorial Library
1,656
Elgin Public Library
1,650
Calhoun County Public Library
1,516
Lee Public Library
1,462
St. Edward’s University
1,368
McGinley Memorial Public Library
1,326
Jackson County Memorial Library
1,276
Bandera Public Library
1,194
Schulenburg Public Library
1,143
Baylor County Free Library
1,042
Austin Memorial Library
1,012
Texas Southern University
973
Kerens Public Library
713
Higgins Public Library
684
Depot Public Library
489
Eastland Centennial Memorial Library
437
Reber Memorial Library
209
Alvord Public Library
16
City of Clarendon
13

Counties (expand list)

DeWitt County, TX
19,412
Fayette County, TX
14,057
San Patricio County, TX
12,910
Stephens County, TX
11,914
Erath County, TX
11,572
Fannin County, TX
11,467
Lampasas County, TX
8,959
Bosque County, TX
8,259
Shelby County, TX
8,121
Comanche County, TX
8,058
Freestone County, TX
7,728
Grimes County, TX
7,627
Austin County, TX
7,581
Bastrop County, TX
7,521
Brazoria County, TX
7,145
Young County, TX
7,143
Cherokee County, TX
6,829
Red River County, TX
6,626
Van Zandt County, TX
6,304
Nolan County, TX
6,268
Lavaca County, TX
6,187
Panola County, TX
6,108
Hockley County, TX
5,920
Montague County, TX
5,699
Upshur County, TX
5,672
McLennan County, TX
5,633
Delta County, TX
5,544
Jack County, TX
5,485
Polk County, TX
5,177
Mills County, TX
5,027
Carson County, TX
4,921
Medina County, TX
4,884
Coleman County, TX
4,761
Swisher County, TX
4,736
Runnels County, TX
4,541
Milam County, TX
4,483
Jones County, TX
4,438
Archer County, TX
4,232
Matagorda County, TX
4,078
Lee County, TX
3,973
Llano County, TX
3,912
Gaines County, TX
3,857
McCulloch County, TX
3,832
Crosby County, TX
3,752
Cottle County, TX
3,651
Rusk County, TX
3,581
Wheeler County, TX
3,552
Grayson County, TX
3,379
Reagan County, TX
3,219
Wood County, TX
3,207
Rains County, TX
3,194
Stonewall County, TX
3,083
Hardin County, TX
2,878
Johnson County, TX
2,787
Winkler County, TX
2,755
Gillespie County, TX
2,680
Refugio County, TX
2,579
La Salle County, TX
2,413
Cass County, TX
2,396
Burleson County, TX
2,381
Denton County, TX
2,260
Limestone County, TX
1,996
Hudspeth County, TX
1,923
Lamar County, TX
1,888
Franklin County, TX
1,885
Wharton County, TX
1,674
Calhoun County, TX
1,516
Travis County, TX
1,479
Morris County, TX
1,475
Gregg County, TX
1,434
Hunt County, TX
1,319
Jackson County, TX
1,276
Bandera County, TX
1,194
Baylor County, TX
1,042
Liberty County, TX
1,012
Navarro County, TX
713
Lipscomb County, TX
684
Titus County, TX
659
Throckmorton County, TX
493
Eastland County, TX
436
Willacy County, TX
209
Harris County, TX
157
Haskell County, TX
133
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
11,573
Breckenridge American
10,893
The Lampasas Daily Leader
6,689
The Alvin Sun
6,014
The Panola Watchman
5,960
The Clifton Record
5,916
Sweetwater Reporter
5,756
Navasota Daily Examiner
5,197
The Bastrop Advertiser
4,775
The Hondo Anvil Herald
4,767
Cooper Review
4,673
The La Grange Journal
4,655
Stephenville Empire-Tribune
4,614
The Dublin Progress
4,598
Goldthwaite Eagle
4,526
Polk County Enterprise
4,457
Gilmer Daily Mirror
4,231
The Tulia Herald
4,182
The Bonham Daily Favorite
4,130
New Ulm Enterprise
3,975
Palacios Beacon
3,922
The Llano News
3,912
The West News
3,877
The Seminole Sentinel
3,767
The Nocona News
3,710
The Comanche Chief
3,689
The Fairfield Recorder
3,669
The Paducah Post
3,651
Henderson Daily News
3,544
The DeLeon Free Press
3,434
The Archer County News
3,398
The Shamrock Texan
3,395
The Whitewright Sun
3,374
Timpson Daily Times
3,303
Graham Leader
3,290
The Crosbyton Review
3,243
The Big Lake Wildcat
3,219
Rains County Leader
3,192
The Sealy News
3,188
Aransas Pass Progress
3,125
Stamford American
3,095
The Cuero Daily Record
3,058
The Rockdale Reporter and Messenger
3,036
Canton Herald
3,025
The Aspermont Star
2,982
Shiner Gazette
2,909
The Silsbee Bee
2,878
The Grandview Tribune
2,787
The Jacksboro Gazette
2,771
The Flatonia Argus
2,757
The Cherokeean
2,701
The Winkler County News
2,676
The Teague Chronicle
2,626
The Bogata News
2,503
Coleman Democrat-Voice
2,495
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
The Meridian Tribune
2,233
The Mathis News
2,191
The Fayette County Record
2,181
The Mineola Monitor
2,169
Yoakum Herald and Times
2,072
The Lampasas Leader
2,060
The Alto Herald
2,038
The Groom News
1,997
Jacksboro Gazette-News
1,971
Levelland and Hockley County News-Press
1,898
Bonham News
1,893
The Sanger Courier
1,889
Mt. Vernon Optic-Herald
1,885
The Deport Times
1,881
Svoboda
1,809
The Yoakum Daily Herald
1,808
The Leonard Graphic
1,786
The Odem-Edroy Times
1,752
The Graham Daily Reporter
1,738
Hudspeth County Herald and Dell Valley Review
1,714
The Rusk Cherokeean
1,712
The Olney Enterprise
1,689
The Mexia Weekly Herald
1,578
The Panhandle Herald
1,574
The Bowie News
1,502
The Port Lavaca Wave
1,467
Gladewater Daily Mirror
1,432
The Wortham Journal
1,428
The Brady Standard and Heart O' Texas News
1,423
The Caldwell News and The Burleson County Ledger
1,422
The Grand Saline Sun
1,411
The Ballinger Ledger
1,369
Refugio Timely Remarks
1,351
The Celeste Courier
1,319
Ballinger Daily Ledger
1,276
The Dublin Citizen
1,265
The Naples Monitor
1,260
The Daily Favorite
1,226
The Detroit News-Herald
1,210
The McGregor Mirror and Herald-Observer
1,210
The Bandera Bulletin
1,194
White Deer News
1,152
The Schulenburg Sticker
1,147
Halletsville Herald
1,146
The Brady Standard
1,132
The Daily Examiner
1,124
The Cass County Sun
1,123
The Elgin Courier and Four County News
1,120
The Daily Ledger
1,084
The Baylor County Banner
1,041
El Campo Citizen
1,002
The Cameron Herald
977
Texas Senate Papers
973
The Giddings News
959
Giddings Times and News
956
La Grange Deutsche Zeitung
950
The Navasota Examiner and Grimes County Review
934
The Bastrop Advertiser and County News
907
The Giddings Star
899
Hockley County Herald
897
The Citizens Journal
893
The Alvin Advertiser
890
The Ingleside Index
890
The Delta Courier
846
The Bonham Herald
817
The Democrat-Voice
813
The Champion
777
The Edna Herald
760
Brady Standard-Herald and Heart of Texas News
753
The Kerens Tribune
712
Giddings Deutsches Volksblatt
707
The Talco Times
659
The Stamford Leader
657
The Cleveland Advocate
618
The Tribune
610
Hilltopper
604
Timpson & Tenaha News
592
The Jacksboro News
576
The Corrigan Press
569
The Gilmer Weekly Mirror
567
Upshur County Echo
566
The Swisher County News
554
The Christian Messenger
553
Yoakum Weekly Herald
549
The Caldwell News-Chronicle
542
Stephenville Daily Empire
540
The Wills Point Chronicle
537
Elgin Courier
530
Stamford American and The Stamford Leader
524
The Brady Herald
524
Crosby County News
509
Banner-Leader
502
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
Hilltop Views
450
Throckmorton Tribune
445
Light Champion
442
Center Daily News
437
The Ladonia News
428
Coleman County Chronicle
427
The Canton Telephone
427
Burleson County Ledger and News-Chronicle
417
The Wood County Record
411
Lipscomb Lime Light and Follett Times
406
Illustrated Paperboy
391
Coleman Daily Democrat-Voice
384
Free State Enterprise
383
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 Sun-News
342
Edna Weekly Herald
341
The Comanche Chief and Pioneer Exponent
341
The Dublin Progress and Telephone
326
The Refugio Review
317
The Banner-Ledger
310
Coleman Chronicle and Democrat-Voice
302
Detroit Weekly
295
The Mirror
290
The Nolan County News
283
The Rockdale Reporter
278
Winnsboro Weekly News
275
The Examiner-Review
270
The Sunday Record
269
The Dynamo
264
The State Herald
264
De Leon's Monitor
259
White Deer Review
257
The Bowie Blade
253
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
The Wharton Journal-Spectator
202
Semi-weekly New Era
189
The Bastrop County Times
189
The Hallettsville New Era
188
The Detroit News
185
Sealy Weekly News
181
The Rockdale Messenger
176
Jackson County Herald-Tribune
175
The Yoakum Weekly Times
173
The Weekly Herald
168
The Jack County Herald
167
St. Edward's University Newsletter
166
The Stamford News
162
The Timely Remarks
161
Wheeler County Texan
157
Timpson News
154
Lexington Leader
153
The Alliance Standard
151
The Traveler
151
New Ulm Daily Enterprise
150
The Daily Sun News
150
The Stephenville Tribune
150
The Newcastle Register
148
Panola County Post
145
The Graham Reporter
145
The Pioneer Exponent
141
Willacy County News
140
Refugio County Press
136
The Atlanta News
136
Plainsman Press
134
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 Montague County Times
106
The Circle Register
105
The Lone Star Catholic
105
The Examiner
102
The Stonewall County Courier
101
Valley Mills Progress
101
The Archer Advocate
100
The Bi-Stone Weekly Review
100
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 Sealy Semi-Weekly News
87
The Bowie Booster
85
Frio-Nueces Current
84
The Patriot
84
Lee County News
82
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
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
Wood County Echo
52
Cisco Apert
50
The Van News
50
Texline Tribune
49
The Calhoun County Times
49
The Schulenburg Argus
49
Throckmorton Herald
48
Mexia Evening News
46
The Bonham News and Fannin County Favorite
39
Trojan Tattler
39
Camp Hulen Searchlight
38
The Bowie News-Times
38
Henderson News-Herald
37
The Seagraves Signal
37
Lee County Weekly
36
The Aransas Harbor Herald
36
Sun Progress
35
The Woodsboro News
34
The Young County News
32
The Santa Anna News
31
The Giddings Times
29
Fletcher's Farming
26
The Archer County Times
25
St. Edward's Echo
23
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
Edwardian
17
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 Gustine Tribune
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
Focus
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
Buff Stuff
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 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 Exchequer
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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