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Jan 17, 2022

Texas State Library and Archives Commission Announces $750,000 in Community Advancement Grants for Texas Libraries

The following announcement was written by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC):

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) this week announced that it will soon begin accepting grant applications for the Community Advancement Packages (CAP) Grant Program, designed to help libraries serving populations of 60,000 or less respond directly to identified community needs in 2022.

The application window opens Jan. 26, with a deadline of April 1. At least $750,000 is expected to be available for this grant program. Applicants may apply for one or two Community Advancement Packages on the same application form. Each package provides up to $5,000 in reimbursement funds. Total awards will not exceed $10,000. Funding is provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

CAP Grants will support and advance community development by funding library-sponsored programming and services through the provision of specially targeted packages. These include equipment and tools to support in-person, hybrid, and virtual programming and services clustered around a specific area of need. As relevant, some also include materials and resources for outreach programming that reduces barriers to library spaces and/or provides access to inclusive services and programs beyond the walls of the library, such as retirement facilities, day-care centers, schools, and other community spaces. Packages are divided into four types:

Programming and Services Packages

Analog Outreach; Beyond the Library; Teen Services; Trauma-Informed Library

Technology Packages

Assistive Technology and Digital Inclusion; Audio-Visual

Special Collection Development Packages

Inclusive Library Collection; Mental Health Collection; Multilingual Collection; Collection Development

Critical Needs Packages

Administrative Support; COVID-19; Partners for Health; Crisis Response

Full descriptions of each package can be found on the TSLAC Cap Grants website at www.tsl.texas.gov/ldn/cap.

TSLAC will host an informational webinar, Introducing TSLAC Community Advancement Packages, from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. on Weds., Jan. 26. Library grants applicants are encouraged to register to attend at www.tsl.texas.gov/CAPwebinar2022

Accredited Texas public libraries, local public library systems, members of the TexShare Library Consortium, and non-profit organizations that are applying on behalf of accredited libraries and/or TexShare members are encouraged to apply through the TSLAC Grants Management System by the deadline of April 1, 2022. Full eligibility and other criteria, as well as application instructions, can be found at www.tsl.texas.gov/ldn/cap or by emailing the TSLAC Grants team at grants@tsl.texas.gov.