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Applying for Disaster Relief Funds

TLA has earmarked $100,000 for grants to support Texas libraries damaged by Hurricane Harvey. Academic, public, school and special libraries are eligible for financial assistance. You do not have to be a TLA member to apply or receive assistance. Grant amounts will range from $2,500 to $5,000.

To receive assistance, libraries must be located in a county declared a disaster area or sheltering jurisdiction by Governor Abbott. List of Eligible Counties

All libraries, of any type or size, that have been damaged by the storm are encouraged to appply. Our goal is to assist as many libraires as possible. Every effort will be made to balance the grants awarded by library type and geographic location. 

Applications are due October 16. Grant awards will be announced November 3.


The Disaster Relief Committee will evaluate applications for Hurricane Harvey financial assistance on the following criteria:

  1. Extent of damage sustained;

  2. Impact on service; include images, video and/or personal stories

  3. How the funds will be used;

  4. Library must be located in county declared a disaster area or sheltering jurisdiction
  5. Availability of public and private funding (or insurance) to assist recovery efforts; and

  6. Willingness to allow library's name and photos to be used in publicity efforts.

Institutional members of TLA will receive an increase in the grant award; institutions do not have to be members of TLA to apply for funds. 

Created on Apr 2, 2010 | Last updated September 22, 2017